Clubs and Trifecta
We have three designated club hikes for the Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon: Chimney Tops, Charlie’s Bunion, and Mt. LeConte (via Alumn Cave Trail). View details on each club hike below.
Prize Change: Due to expressed concerns from the parks, we will no longer offer the 50% and 20% discount to those who complete a club or the trifecta. We will still continue with the clubs and trifecta, but instead will be sending those who complete the challenge an awesome piece of memorabilia. We’re still hammering out design and details, but we’ll announce as soon as it’s finalized. We will be honoring the discount for anyone who completed a club or the trifecta in 2016.
You will need to take a picture of yourself at the designated location with the following factors:
1) A clear view of your face
2) Your bib with bib numbers clearly visible
3) Your finisher medal in plain view
4) Clear background showing where you are
Keep in mind that these hikes have a risk factor! Make sure you pack plenty of water, do your research, and be responsible! If you’re not in physical condition to complete these activities, please consider the Trifecta instead.
The Chimney Club
Where do I take my picture? Take your picture at the top of Chimney Tops rock (not at the base, please). Don’t forget your bib and finisher medal!
The Bunion Club
Where do I take my picture? Take your picture at Charlie’s Bunion (mile 4 of the hike). Don’t forget your bib and finisher medal!
The LeConte Club
Trail Closure: This trail is under some restoration and will be closed Monday-Thursday. If you’re interested in completing this hike, you’ll need to do it Saturday after the race, or Sunday.
Where do I take my picture? Take your picture at the highest point (High Top) at Mt. LeConte. You’ll know you’ve reached the highest point on the mountain when you reach the large cairn just off the main trail on your right. Don’t forget your bib and finisher medal!
The Great Smoky Mountains Trifecta
The Trifecta is meant to be challenging, but less strenuous. These are iconic activities inside the park that should be experienced, but are doable with children. The 3 activities that makeup the Trifecta are:
1) Cades Cove
2) Laurel Falls
3) Clingmans Dome
Cades Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smokies. It offers some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing in the park. Large numbers of white-tailed deer are frequently seen, and sightings of black bear, coyote, ground hog, turkey, raccoon, skunk, and other animals are also possible.
Where do I take my picture? Anywhere beautiful in Cades Cove will do! Don’t forget your bib and finisher medal!
Laurel Branch and the 80-foot high Laurel Falls are named for mountain laurel, an evergreen shrub which blooms along the trail and near the falls in May. The waterfall consists of an upper and a lower section, divided by a walkway which crosses the stream at the base of the upper falls. Laurel Falls is one of the most popular destinations in the park and parking at the trailhead is limited.
Where do I take my picture? Take your picture at the waterfall. Don’t forget your bib and finisher medal!
At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is the highest point in Tennessee, and the third highest mountain east of the Mississippi. Only Mt. Mitchell (6,684 feet) and Mt. Craig (6,647), both located in Mt. Mitchell State Park in western North Carolina, rise higher. The observation tower on the summit of Clingmans Dome offers spectacular 360° views of the Smokies and beyond for visitors willing to climb the steep half-mile walk to the tower at the top.
Where do I take my picture? Take your picture at the top of the Dome. Don’t forget your bib and finisher medal!
Send us any questions you have! We love our parks and think it would be a shame to come all the way to these beautiful places JUST to run a race!
We are still working to process and post the club and trifecta members from the 2016 race. Thank for your patience!