Get Involved in the Smokies

The Great Smoky Mountains are ideal for leisure, relaxation, and viewing nature. But that’s not all there is to do here. Whether you’re a runner, a biker, or something in between, there is sure to be an event you would enjoy watching or participating in this summer. Here are a few of the activities you can sign up for or enjoy as a spectator for the summer of 2012.

Pigeon Forge Midnight 8k Road Race: On august 4, a group of runners and walkers will be assembling for the annual Pigeon Forge Midnight 8k. This race has a unique starting time, midnight. This leads to a course uniquely lit by the lights of neon signs and shops along the way. This is an easy course, in that it is flat and straight. In fact, many competitors record personal bests on this course.  Prizes will be awarded to the top three over all, top Masters (40+), Grandmasters (50+), and Senior Grandmasters (60+) for males and females. There will also be awards given to the top three Clydesdales (male, 200lbs+) and Athena (female, 150 lbs+). There are also prizes awarded to the winners of each age division. To enter, go to

3rd Annual Smoky Mountain Cornhole Tournament: The people of Pigeon Forge will again be gathering for some friendly competition on Saturday, August 4, 2012. The Smoky Mountain Cornhole Tournament is held in memory of Sergeant Brett Benton and all monies raised go to benefit the Fallen Officers Fund.  This event will be taking place at The Old Mill Square. Register by 10am on August 4, at the information table in front of the Pigeon River Pottery. First prize is $1000 and a meal for 4 at Old Mill Restaurant. Second prize is $500 and meal for 2 at Old Mill Restaurant. Third prize is $250. If you aren’t yet up for competing, bring the family and enjoy watching some ol’ fashioned bean bag tossing, good grub, and excellent musical entertainment.

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