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HAUNTED HALF MARATHON & RELAY IS BACK ON AND MOVING TO BLOUNTVILLE, TN!!

“We are extremely excited and thankful to announce that the city of Blountville, Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism and Better Blountville have partnered with us to host the 12th annual Haunted Half Marathon and Relay on Halloween morning at 8:30 a.m. Whether you choose to run as an individual or a relay team, we know that you are going to enjoy this beautiful town. Come dressed up in your costumes and join us on this new course, which could end up being a trick or a treat.” – Karen Hubbs, race director

Come run this beautiful course in the Historic town of Blountville, TN.

Half Marathon Start Date/Time – Saturday, Oct. 31st at 8:30 a.m.
Monster Mile Start Date/Time – Saturday, Oct. 31st at 9 a.m.
Packet Pickup at Blountville Middle School Cafeteria (1651 Blountville Blvd) – Friday, Oct. 30th 5-6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 31st 7-8:15 a.m.
**If you can’t make it Friday night, we strongly encourage everyone to arrive early Saturday morning to avoid the late rush!  We will close packet pickup and late registration at 8:15 a.m. in order to start the race on time.

ATTENTION! 

Please read the following information regarding race day. 

Due to Covid-19, we are staging the start of the race for social distancing. We will have wave starts to help break up the crowd of participants at the start line. Even with the efforts on our end, we ask that you do your part as well to help us maintain social distancing and keep everyone safe. We encourage you to wear your mask before and after the race but it is not required while running. Relay teams: please wear masks on the shuttle buses. We ask that you use the hand sanitizer provided for you at various locations throughout the event area. Please take your temperature prior to coming to the event. If you have a high temperature, showing any signs or symptoms of sickness of any kind, PLEASE STAY HOME. We would be happy to switch your registration to virtual and you can still receive your t-shirt and medal. We want to continue to have in-person races but YOUR HELP IS NEEDED! Please help us with these simple steps of safety.

Thank you for your cooperation during these times.

NEW COVID PROCEDURES!

Onsite Registering

  • Check-in and packet pickup: Blountville Middle School Cafeteria (1651 Blountville Blvd)
    • Friday, Oct. 30th 5-6:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, Oct. 31st 7-8:15 a.m.
  • Packet Pickups: Multiple ones through days leading up to the race.
    • We will offer a pickup on Friday evening and Saturday morning to keep participants spaced out.
  • Packet Pickup: Participants will go to designated tent/table and verbally register for race. Payments will be through Venmo or Square.
  • Contact-less packet pickup (minimal contact). Dynamic bib assignment, which allows people to register from their laptop or smartphone up to race time.  Crewmembers will hand bib to participant when they walk in and check them off on a laptop. Crew members/volunteers will abide by the protective guidelines provided by the State of Tennessee.  We have the technology to minimize contact and keep people socially distant.
    • WE WILL HAVE ADDITIONAL LAPTOPS for registration.
    • When participants enter the Blountville Christian Church: Go to computer station to give them your name and with a sharpie, our volunteer will need to write their name and shirt size on the back of the bib.
  • Parking:
    • Blountville Middle School, Blountville Christian Church or throughout the town of Blountville.
  • Hand sanitizer and mask stations will be available in the bib pickup area and throughout the race area.
  • Everyone will need to sign a waiver at the event.

CRITICAL AREAS…. Restrooms

  • There will be limited number of individuals in the restroom at one time.
  • You must wear a mask while in line and inside the restroom.
  • Restrooms will be properly cleaned and will be monitored during the event.
  • Restrooms at Blountville Middle School track and Port-A-Johns.

PRE-RACE

  • We will have a small opening ceremony:
    • Flag & National Anthem (Assistance by Historic Sullivan Department of Archives and Tourism).
    • Welcome by Better Blountville, Historic Sullivan Department of Archives and Tourism & other dignitaries.
  • We will also have the runners properly spaced out for the start of the race and start the race in waves to keep social distancing standards.
  • We would like to use painted chalk paint dots for proper spacing of 6’ between participants.
  • We will work with We Run Events on the various waves. 

WATER STATION

  • We are asking runners to bring their own fluids but we will have small bottles of water and cups of water at 6 destinations along the course. 3 exchange locations and 3 water only stations.

POST RACE

  • Limited vendors and they will be spread out throughout the Blountville Middle School track infield.
  • We will offer fruit and snacks after the race. Tables will be spread out throughout the stadium.
  • We will work diligently to keep things spaced out to encourage distancing.
  • No awards ceremony. We will recognize the top 3 male & female winners along with the costume contest and the mile challenge which is voted on by the runners. 
  • Participants will receive a text message for results and winners can go by the awards tent/table to receive their award.

Map & Course Information

WANT TO PRINT A MAP?  CLICK HERE

Relay Exchange Areas

Check out the map for the star that matches the location.

  • Mile 3: This is right as you cross over Hwy 126 in downtown and not too far from the start so participants can walk/jog to this location.
  • Mile 6: Bernie Webb Park on Cross Community Rd.  This would also be the exchange location for the 2-person relay.
  • Mile 9+:  Turnaround on Oakwood Rd.

Shuttles: They will be located near the start and finish area.  These shuttles will take participants to the various exchange location. Each bus will be marked with which exchange they will be traveling to.  While on the bus, please wear a mask or buff.

This race option which will be adult, kid, stroller, AND dog friendly! Feel free to dress up and make this a fun time for everyone! In the spirit of a family fun event, we will not be timing the race. The 1 mile course will stay on the track with the same start/finish as the half marathon. The race will begin at 9 a.m. This race will be $20 and all participants will receive a t-shirt.

Volunteers

As many of you know, it takes a village of volunteers to help with a race and even more importantly a half marathon. This year, with the new course and town, we would love to have as many volunteers out on the course and helping at the start/finish line as possible. We also give community service or volunteer hours! Click the link below to sign up!

We understand that volunteering can be difficult if you do not understand what your are needed for or what we expect. We have decided it would be helpful to have a volunteer meeting to discuss packet pickup and race day responsibilities. Light refreshments will provided as well. Tuesday, October 27 at 5:30 p.m. This is very important and we highly encourage all volunteers to take the time to come join us for this. 

COSTUME CONTEST

Get dressed up in your Halloween costumes and join us for this very fun contest! Funny, scary, DIY, bought, simple, extravagant…whatever you choose, come join us for the costume contest before the Half Marathon start. Anyone wanting to enter the contest will need to be at the start/finish line on the Blountville Middle School track by 8 a.m. so that we can have our judges decide who will be the 2020 Haunted Half Marathon Costume Winner! 

Awards

Top 3 Overall Male & Female (Cash Prizes)

Top Grandmasters Male & Female

Top Masters Male & Female

Top 3 Male & Female Age Groups

(1-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+)

Top 3 2-person relay for Coed, Female & Male

Top 3 4-person relay for Coed, Female & Male

Top 3 Overall Rucking

Top 3 Overall Handcycle

Local Attractions, Dining and Hotels

Click the links below for lists of attractions for things to do during your stay here in the Tri Cities. If you need assistance or need more information, you can reach out to us at info@thegoosechase.org or Shelia at the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism.

Area Attractions and Dining

Hotel List

THE BLOUNTVILLE VETERANS PARK

The Historic Blountville Veterans Park will be located across from the new Sullivan County Heritage Tourism Center at the corner of Hwy. 394 and Blountville Bypass in downtown Blountville.

Set to honor our veterans and their families, the park is sponsored by the Battle of Blountville Civil War Military Park and the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism.

The park will include brick pavers to honor veterans and their families. Veterans may be from anywhere across the U.S. Unique opportunities are also available to honor other organizations and individuals whom you would like to recognize at the entrance to Historic Blountville.

For additional information about including your families in this project, please contact the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism at (423) 323-4660 or email info@sullivancountytn.gov.

Donations for the park may be mailed to Military Park, P.O. Box 3179, Blountville, TN 37617.

Old Deery Inn

The Inn, it is said, was built in about 1795. William Deery purchased the Inn in 1801 and overtime expanded it to approximate 8000 ft.². The Inn Including a private residence including a grand dining room, country store, and post office, and a wayfarers room (tavern),
Deery Maintain 53 teams of horses in each stage coaches and ran the main line from Abingdon Virginia through Blountville to Elizabethton and Rogersville. It was one of the richest man in Tennessee when he died in 1845.

Approximately 16 years our group received a $1.2 M grant from the Tennessee historical commission and a full Restoration followed. There are seven dependency buildings in the Quarters including kitchens showcasing 1810 and 1820, an 1840 school house, and most interesting the James King ironwork Cabin. William Blount (as in Blount County) was a partner in the Ironworks and it is said he wrote the letter to the British in the log cabin. The letter behind his impeachment from the US Senate in 1797 (a neat story).

Tours now available
Beginning in 2009, group tours are now available. Come see the beautiful historic preservation inside the Deery Inn! You’ll be thrilled at the beautiful decor. And see our latest preservation work… A fully furnished brick kitchen behind the Deery Inn! Call us at 423.323.4660 to set up a tour for you and your family or for your civic group or organization.

Location : Hwy. 126, downtown Blountville

There is a nominal $5.00 fee for the tour and public restrooms are available.

SPONSORS

REFUND POLICY

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 September 30th and we are not responsible for the online registration fee. After October 1st, there will not be any refunds. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at info@thegoosechase.org

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