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 19,2016**      

The Secret City Half Marathon is proud to be part of the Appalachian Distance Series again for 2016!  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

 


***HALF MARATHON ROUTE***

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:

  • A Race-Logo Dri-Fit Long Sleeve Tech Shirt.
    • Please be aware that as long as the size option is available on the registration page then the size is still available.  We will do our best to give everyone a shirt in the size they desire.
  • Unique Finishers Medal - All who complete race are guaranteed a medal!
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Start Rules

  • All half marathon participants start at 9:00AM.
  • 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 at approx mile 2,4,6,and 8.

Half marathon Awards*

  • Male and Female Overall Winner  - Receive custom acrylic award
  • Male and Female Masters (40-49) Winner - Receive custom acrylic award
  • Male and Female Grandmasters (50-59) Winner - Receive custom acrylic award
  • Male and Female Senior Grandmasters (60+) Winner - Receive custom acrylic award
  • Male and female top three finishers in the following age groups: 12-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65 and older - special award
  • No duplicate awards.
  • Awards presented within 30 minutes of last eligible winner crossing finish line.

*  Based on chip time

COURSE MAP

Elevation of half marathon course.  801 ft at 'start' to height of 1152 ft at peak. 

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'. 

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

Certified 5K course!  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.  Course certification code: TN15077MS.  

All 5K participants receive:

  • A Race-Logo Dri-Fit Long Sleeve Tech Shirt.

START RULES

  • All 5K participants start at 9:15AM
  • 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 one porta-john located at half-way point.

5K AWARDS*

  • Male and Female Overall Winner - Award
  • Male and Female Masters (40-49) Winner -  Receive Award
  • Male and Female Grandmasters (50-59) Winner -  Receive Award
  • Male and Female Senior Grandmasters (60+) Winner - Receive Award
  • 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 and older - Receive Award
  • No duplicate awards.
  • Awards presented half hour after last eligible winner crosses finish line.

*  Based on chip timing. 

5K course: