August 27, 2023 AT DOE RIVER GORGE

Please be patient with us as we are adding new details daily to make sure we keep you updated on all that is happening at the Gorge!

We can’t wait for Northeast Tennessee’s Toughest Race to return!!

6th annual Goliath at the Gorge Obstacle Course Race

Date : Sunday, August 27, 2023

Location : Doe River Gorge

Race Start Times: Kids 5 p.m., Max 5:30 p.m., Mini 5:45 p.m.

Packet Pickup : At Doe River Gorge from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

*Please get to packet pickup in a timely manner to get your bib. We will start ON TIME!

The Goliath at the Gorge is Northeast East Tennessee’s Toughest Race as the course covers 6 miles of Doe River Gorge’s rough terrain. The Max (approx. 6 miles)(ages 16+) participants will be challenged by over 20 obstacles and the Mini (approx. 5K)(ages 10+) participants will get their fair share as well. Runners will face a 500 foot incline within the first mile and end the race with a 100 yard mud trench. Between the start and finish, participants will battle the elements of water, sand, stone, wood and fire. The epic feature will be the opportunity to conquer Goliath in a Coliseum like setting with their very own sling shot and three stones. This unique event is one that you will not want to miss.

$45per entrant
  • $35 through April 30
  • $40 May
  • $45 June 1 - August 26
  • $50 Race Day
$65per entrant
  • $55 through April 30
  • $60 May
  • $65 June 1 - August 26
  • $70 Race Day

Please feel free to print off a copy of our PDF paper registration to mail in and also save on online fees!

Volunteers Needed!

Our volunteers are so special to us! We physically could not do these events without volunteers! This event is no different…except we need more friends to join us!! This race requires extra volunteers due to the course structure and distance. Please consider signing up for yourself or share this link if you know of someone who needs volunteer hours or community service! Students receive double hours!!


We are so thankful for our sponsors and partners for all events! Below are those committed to supporting local events in our communities. Again, THANK YOU for all your support!!




Overall Male Max (10k) – Chase Ballard, Johnson City, TN (1:05:29)

Overall Female Max (10k) – Olivia Terwilliger, Johnson City, TN (1:17:56)

Overall Male Mini (5k) – Christopher Gabler, Jonesborough, TN (30:27)

Overall Female Mini (5k) – Haley Keylon, Elizabethton, TN (31:13)

2020 – 2021



Overall Male Max (10k) – Montgomery Chamberlain, Jonesborough, TN (00:53:32)

Overall Female Max (10k) – Sarah Bailey, Erwin, TN (01:23:41)

Overall Male Mini (5k) – Brody Hicks, Hampton, TN (00:30:19)

Overall Female Mini (5k) – Krissi Smith, Elizabethton, TN (00:35:04)


Overall Male Max (10k) – Bill Campbell, Churchville, VA (01:01:55.80)

Overall Female Max (10k) – Kelly Holland, Johnson City, TN (01:14:33.15)

Overall Male Mini (5k) – James Parker, Gloucester, VA (00:30:04.93)

Overall Female Mini (5k) – Kimberly Wellman, Kingsport, TN (00:36:55.11)


Overall Male 10k-Andy Brockmyre (01:04:46)

Overall Female 10k-Amber Stott (01:25:17)

Overall Male 5k-Jesse Smythe (00:37:49)

Overall Female 5k-Jennifer Hall (00:49:15)

Doe River Gorge Alumni/Staffer

Top Male – Ben Holland (01:34:59)

Top Female – Kelly Holland (01:25:32)

2016 *Inaugural*

Overall Male 10k-Randall Statzer (00:58:37)

Overall Female 10k-Emmanuelle Adda (01:07:41)

Overall Male 5k-Gage Thomas (00:33:36)

Overall Female 10k-Meagan Prettyman (00:39:20)

Doe River Gorge Alumni/Staffer

Top Male – Ben Holland (01:18:30)

Top Female – Kelly Holland (01:18:31)


You can register in three ways this year:

  1. Online (preferred)
  2. Mail In Paper Registration
  3. Packet Pickup TBA

Mail your registration form to:

Goliath at the Gorge
3101 Browns Mill Road, Ste. 6-182
Johnson City, TN 37604

Packet Pickup – TBA

You can pick up your packet on the following days: TBA

No. Due to the rough terrain and the process to make it USATF Certified, we were unable to certify the length of the course.  The length is determined by software that has been used.

Trophies awarded to male and female competitive / runners only in the following categories for both the max and the mini race:

Overall (top 3), Top Masters, Top Grandmasters

Age groups (top 3)

Medals will be presented to all runners and walkers who complete the race. NO BIB = NO MEDAL. We do understand that your bib may be lost or removed from you during the race. If this happens, please visit the timing tent at the finish line for a name check. We are sorry for any inconvenience but thank you for your cooperation.

For safety purposes, no dogs or strollers allowed.

Yes, the Goliath needs approximately 100 volunteers for the week of the race.  Please sign up here!!  Thank you.

Course Map – Coming Soon


There will be a limited access to showers.  However, there are water hoses and a river that can assist you to rinse off.  We would encourage you to bring a change of clothing and a towel.

If you need gear check, please ask at check in.





The Goose Chase has a no refund policy due to the pre-ordering of event shirts, medals, bibs, etc. We understand that emergencies or last minute schedule changes do occur, therefore, to better accommodate you, we have some other options instead.

  • You can transfer your entry to someone else
  • You can switch to the virtual option and turn in your virtual race time at a later time, and still receive the shirt and medal.
  • You can defer to the next year

If none of these options work for you and a refund is still needed, there will be a $10 service charge through August 1st and we are not responsible for the online registration fee.

After August 1st, there will not be any refunds. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at info@thegoosechase.org