Couch to 5K Trainin

We are planning a Couch to 5K Training Plan. The training starts 8/25/14. Please help us srpead the word. This is for those who have never run before as well as anyone who just needs to get back into running.

Couch to 5K

2013 Half Marathon Training

We are planning group runs focused on fall half marathon training.  Our current plan is to have group runs early Sunday morning starting from the Manchester Recreation Center.  We will start the runs on July 21 and run each Sunday morning through October 6th.  The distance will start at 5 or 6 miles and get progressively longer.  The hope is that those of you training for a fall half marathon might join us for your long weekly run.  The courses will be marked.  There will be self serve water stops every couple of miles.  We will also have Gu (or some other brand) Energy Gel  at appropriate points on the course as well.

We are still working on a few of the details for the training.  One of those details is the start time.  We know we want to start early since it will be hot.  Current thinking is 6:30 or 7:00 am.  If you plan to join us and would like to provide input on the start time - please send an email to and let us know your thoughts.

We are currently also sorting out the mileage progression - we are considering a couple of different plans.  Once we sort that out, we will publish that - hopefully within the next week.

Our hope is that folks who are new to the half marathon distance as well as veteran half marathon runners will join us.  All speeds are welcome.

2013 Fall Creek Thaw 15K

On line registration for the Fall Creek Thaw 15K will open this weekend (12/15/12). Mail in registration links can be found at the race webpage.

2013 Oak Barrel Half Registration

Registration for the 2013 Oak Barrel Half in Lynchburg is open. The race is limited to the first 1200 participants. The first 1000 slots are open now. With the remaining 200 slots to be opened as the race gets closer. The first 1000 slots are going fast. They will fill by sometime in December or January.

2012 Mach Tenn Triathlon

The 30th annual Mach Tenn Triathlon is set for June 2nd this year. We will be packing packets at Al Hennigan's shed on Thursday starting at 6PM. The course set up will start on Friday (6/1/12) at about 7:30AM. Race prep starts at 6AM Saturday morning and race starts at 8AM. Come on out and join us.

Ida Smith

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing today of Ida Smith, wife of Dale Smith and long-time member and supporter of both the cycling and running clubs.  We extend to the Smith family our sincerest of sympathy and condolences at this difficult time, and we ask that you keep them in your hearts and prayers.

Ida has been part of our local running community for more than 30 years.  She has been running longer than many of us have been alive.  Ida has been a vital support member of the Mach Tenn Running Club as well.  She has been participating in, volunteering at, and helping to organize club events as long as anyone can remember.  She was taken from us at much too young age, and she will be greatly missed.

Arrangements will be posted as we learn them.

Ida Smith

Frostbite Half Marathon Results

The results from the Frostbite Half Marathon can be found here for the Overall listing and here for the Age Group Listing.

Group Runs in Lynchburg

As part of the preperation for the Oak Barrel Half Marathon we will be doing a few group runs in Lynchburg. The runs are little over 7 miles long and take the Whiskey Hill portion of the half marathon course. The runs start at Woodard's Market and Deli in Lynchburg (1415 Fayetteville Highway, Lynchburg, TN). The start time for the runs will be 10AM. There will be self serve water stops and the course will be marked.

Whiskey Hill Preview Runs (Sundays):
January 22
February 5
February 19
March 4
March 18
They all start at 10AM from Woodard’s Deli (1415 Fayetteville Highway, Lynchburg, TN).

Tims Ford State Park Run

It was a really nice day for a December Run. The Tims Ford run is a lot like many of the other Park Series Running Tour runs. It is a bit like a runners family reunion - well the whole series is like that. Runners from all over the state get together once a week in the winter months for a run. Often times it is weather that the faint of heart runner would not even consider running in. The Tims Ford run, this year however, had near perfect weather for a run.

Links to the race results have been posted on our Results page.

Looking for a Good Cause and A Run?

There are several upcoming 5K races in the area that which are being organized and the proceeds benefit local organizations and charity groups.  Here is a list of a few that are coming up in the next several weeks that are local –

  • November 12 – Run for the Eagles Turkey Trot 5K – Tims Ford State Park – benefits Broadview School
    November 19 – Chix with Stix 5K – Manchester Coffee County High School –benefits the Lady Raders Softball Team (they certainly get points for an interesting name)
    December 3 –Run for Their Life 5K (4PM) – Shelbyville – Runs just in front of the Christmas Parade – benefits First Choice Pregnancy Counseling Center
    December 3 – Shannon Brown Memorial 5K – Pelham – Benefits a scholarship fund
    December 10 – Santa’s Sleigh 5K – Manchester Willowbrook Golf Course – benefits the Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center (should be a nice course since it in on the golf cart paths)

State Park Running Tour Calendar has been published

For 33 years the Tennessee State Parks have been sponsoring the Tennessee State Park Running Tour. The Tour consists of races across the state at various of the state parks. The runs range from 5 miles to a half marathon and occur in the fall/winter months of the year. There are incentives for those who run 5 or more of the series. The tour is a great way to stay in shape over the winter months. One of the nice things about the runs is that they all start at 11AM local time so you have time to drive to the races that morning. The Running Tour is not for the casual runner - these events are longer and the weather is often times cold, rainy, and/or snowy. They are great fun. You can find all of the information at the tour website.

41A Music Fest 5K

The results for the 41A Music Fest 5K have been posted on our results page as well as the race's site. The weather was near perfect for running. We would like to thank those that came out for the run. A big thanks to the 41A Music and Arts Festival Organizers that provided the drink tickets to the participants. We would also like to thank the Tullahoma Police Department and the Tullahoma Cross Country Team for support on the race course.

For those of you who didn't get into the Middle Half

There are several options for those of you who missed out on the 2500 slots in the Murfreesboro Middle Half (which sold out in about 11 days).

Winchester Marathon and Half
Southern Middle Tennessee Marathon and Half Marathon
Winchester, TN

Music City Half Marathon
Music City Half Marathon
Nashville, TN

Go Commando Half Marathon
Go Commando Half Marathon
Clarksville, TN
10/15/11 (same day as Middle Half)
7 Bridges Marathon and Half
7 Bridges Marathon and Half Marathon
Chattanooga, TN
I Run for the Party
I Run for the Party Half Marathon
Nashville, TN
Huntsville Half
Huntsville Half Marathon
Huntsville, AL
Secret City Half
Secret City Half Marathon and Relay
Oak Ridge, TN


29th Annual Mach Tenn Triathlon

The results from the 29th Annual Mach Tenn Triathlon have been posted on our results page. It was a great day for a race, and we appreciate everyone coming out.