The Secret City Half Marathon & 5K Races

      Oak Ridge, a bustling city created virtually overnight in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, was shrouded in secrecy for most of the 20th century; only appearing on maps in the mid-1960's.  Today, Oak Ridge is on the map as a thriving city rich in cultural and recreational opportunities not to mention the cutting edge science and technology research for which the city is internationally known! 

Come to Oak Ridge and experience for yourself.....a one of a kind Tennessee half marathon and fun 5K race event!

     **November 21, 2015**      

The Secret City Half Marathon is proud to be part of the Appalachian Distance Series again for 2015!  The series includes: Asheville, Knoxville, Townsend, Chattanooga, and Oak Ridge.  Complete all the races inside a twelve month period to earn your series finisher medal.  Be sure to check out appalachiandistanceseries.org  to get event specific coupon codes.

Race Address:  697 Melton Lake Dr.; Oak Ridge, TN

 


***NEW HALF MARATHON ROUTE***

New half marathon route in 2015!!  The half marathon route starts at the scenic Melton Lake Peninsula.  Enjoy 13.1 miles of mostly flat terrain.  Course runs by the beautiful Melton Lake then down by an operational quarry for a change of scenery.  Continue along a serene tree-lined private road then wind through Oak Ridge.  Finish your race right back at peninsula.  Course is USATF certified with certification #TN15066MS.

All half marathon participants receive:

  • Long Sleeve Tech Shirt
    • Please be aware that only pre-registered participants signed up 2 weeks prior to event are guaranteed a shirt.  We will do our best to give everyone a shirt in the size they desire.  We will have extra on-hand but will not place a special order.
  • Official Finisher Certificate
  • Unique Finishers Medal
  • All who complete race are guaranteed a medal!

Start Rules

  • All half marathon participants start at 8:00AM.
  • Walkers are welcome but must start at the back of the pack
  • The time limit for the half marathon is 4 hours.  Once streets are re-opened and course support is shut down, any remaining runners/walkers can continue at own risk.

Hydration/Aid Stations and Bathrooms

  • Hydration/Aid stations available approximately every 2 miles on half marathon course
  • Nice public restrooms located at start/finish with porta-johns located along the course (placement TBD).

Half marathon Awards*

  • Male and female overall winners 
  • Male and female masters (40-49) winners 
  • Male and female grandmasters (50-59) winners
  • Male and female senior grandmasters (60+) winners.  
  • Male and female top three finishers in the following age groups: 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 and older.  
     
  • No duplicate awards.
  • Award presentation at 11AM

*  Based on chip time

COURSE MAP

Course Directions:

Start on Melton Lake Peninsula heading north; Left toward Melton Lake Dr.; Left onto Melton Lake Dr. heading south; Right onto Union Valley Rd; Right onto Illinois Ave; Right onto Lafayette; Right onto Emory Valley Rd; Right onto Briarcliff Ave.; Left onto S. Columbia Ave; Left onto Emory Valley Rd; Right onto Briarcliff Ave.; Right onto Laboratory Rd; Right onto Oak Ridge Turnpike; Right onto Fairbanks Rd; Left onto Coal Yard Rd; Merge onto Warehouse Rd; Right onto Melton Lake Dr. and merge over onto greenway; Left back into peninsula parking lot to 'finish'. 

***New fun 5K race ROUTE!!***

New 5K route for 2015!  The 5K race route starts and finishes at the Melton Lake Peninsula.  The course follows the water's edge along the Melton Lake walking trail to Elza Gate then double back to the peninsula.  A very scenic and easy 5K run.  

All 5K participants receive:

  • a race-logo cotton t-shirt

START RULES

  • All 5K participants start at 8:15AM
  • Walkers are welcome but must start at the back of the pack
  • The time limit for the 5K is 2.5 hours.  Once streets are re-opened and course support is shut down, any remaining runners/walkers can continue at own risk.

HYDRATION/AID STATION AND BATHROOM

  • Hydration/Aid station available approximately at half-way point along course.
  • Nice public restrooms located at start/finish with a porta-john located at half-way point.

5K AWARDS*

  • Male and female overall winners
  • Male and female masters (40-49) winners
  • Male and female grandmasters (50-59) winners
  • Male and female senior grandmasters (60+) winners.  
  • Male and female top three finishers in the following age groups: 10-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 and older.
     
  • No duplicate awards.
  • Awards presented at 9:45AM

*  Based on chip timing. 

5K course: