Herb Parsons Trail Marathon and Half Marathon

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The second annual Herb Parsons Trail Marathon and Half Marathon is set for Sunday, January 4, 2015. The marathon will start at 8:00 AM and the half marathon will start at 8:30 AM. The race will take place at Herb Parsons Lake located in Fayette County TN about 45 minutes from downtown Memphis.

 

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Registration

Click here to register. Entrant fees: $35 for the half/$50 for the marathon until December 3rd;  $50 for the half and $65 for the marathon after December 3rd. The inaugural Herb Parsons Marathon and Half filled to capacity a few days before the race. Online registration closes at 9:00PM Friday January 2nd – presuming the race doesn’t fill by then.

The first fifty race entrants will be given a Herb Parsons Trail Marathon and Half Marathon car coaster.

Race Location/Info

The race takes place at Herb Parsons Lake. To obtain directions from maps.google.com or similar map websites, input the following GPS location which is the GPS location for the Lake entrance – 35.13721,-89.62653. The address 1295 Fisherville RD Collierville, TN 38017 is located just south of the lake entrance.

Directions to the park are copied below in the Directions section.

Packet Pickup

3_guys_logoPre-race packet pickup is planned for Saturday January 3rd at Three Guys Pizza Pies from 5:00-6:30PM at 9045 HWY 64, STE 105 Memphis, TN 38016. Pick up your packet and enjoy some good pizza, spaghetti, etc. The Three Guys menu can be seen at http://www.3guyspizzapies.com/20-2/. Three Guys is located a mile east of I-40 off of Exit 18 next to the Kroger.

Race day packet pickup will commence at 7:15 AM at Herb Parsons at the race start line on the west side of the parking lot.

Parking

There is plenty of parking space at the Lake in in the paved parking area and on the grass/open areas along the lake entry road. There will be signs saving some of the parking near the dock for fishermen.

 

Directions

1) From I-40, take Exit 24/25 to HWY 385 and head south for 6.9 miles to the HWY 193 exit.  At the end of the off ramp turn left and head east on HWY 193 for a mile.  Turn right onto Fisherville Road and head 1.2 miles south to the lake entrance on the left. The start line is on the west side of the parking lot.

2) From Collierville and most points south, take HWY 385 and head north to the HWY 193 exit. At the end of the off ramp turn right and head east on HWY 193 for a mile.  Turn right onto Fisherville Road and head 1.2 miles south to the lake entrance on the left. The start line is on the west side of the parking lot.

Travel

The best airport to fly into to run the Herb Parsons Marathon and Half is the Memphis International Airport (MEM). The Travel Math nearest airport to Collierville, TN link is http://www.travelmath.com/nearest-airport/Collierville,+TN.

Hotels

1) For those traveling to the race from the east or west, the closest hotels to the start are off of I-40 exit 20 in Lakeland. The hotel choices at this exit are Super 8, Relax Inn, and Motel 6 which are 15 minutes from the Lake. Five minutes further away are additional hotels off of I-40 exits 16 and 18 in the Cordova area of Memphis.

2) For those traveling to the race from the south there are several hotels in Collierville about 15-20 minutes away from the Lake.

Course Info

This is a trail race – an out and back on great single track trail for the half and two out and backs for the marathon. The trail is well shaded with some twists and turns. There are few rocks on the trail, but there are plenty of roots on this very run-able trail. The races start at the west side of the parking lot. The course follows the trail on the west, south and east sides of the Lake. At the 6.56 mile mark runners reach the turnaround aid station at Lakeview Road at which point runners head back to the start. The course will be well marked with arrow signs, ribbon, and flour markings.

This course is not USATF certified hence it is not a Boston Marathon qualifying event.

Volunteer

If you would like to be a race volunteer please contact Mike at events@altisendurance.com. Volunteers earn free race entries for themselves (or to donate to a friend/relative) in any Altis Endurance race.

Awards

Herb Parsons Medallion

All finishers will receive the finisher award pictured above. Thanks to Sherry Rogers for providing the award photo.

Proceeds

Thanks to all the 2014 race volunteers and entrants who made it possible for the race to donate $1235 to six non-profit organizations.

Weather

Historical average high and low temperatures for Herb Parsons Lake on January 4th are 49 and 31 degrees.

Results

The 2014 marathon results are here. The 2014 half results are here

Aid Stations

For the half: 3.35, 6.56, 9.8

For the marathon: 3.35, 6.56, 9.8, 13.12, 16.5, 19.68, 22.9

The usual long distance trail race food will be provided at the aid stations, ie. cookies, chips, water, and Gatorade.  It is recommended that runners bring their own energy gels, electrolytes, and water bottle to the race as needed.

Cutoffs

Runners have seven and a half hours to complete the marathon and seven hours to complete the half marathon. Half marathoners must be through the turnaround aid station by noon, and marathoners must be through the turnaround aid station the second time by 1:30PM in order to finish the race.

Swag

This race is a no shirt race. 2014 entrants received a car drink cup coaster with the race logo on it and a pair of gloves. Swag for the 2015 race will include gloves.

Refunds/Transfers/Miscellaneous

As is the case with most races, there will be no refunds of entry fees to entrants. Transfers of race bibs from one runner to another is also not allowed. There is no camping at Herb Parsons Lake. This event is limited to 225 entrants.

Questions

If you have any questions please contact Mike at events@altisendurance.com.