KINGSPORT – The 12th annual Wolf Run 7 mile trail race is scheduled for Tuesday, July 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Bays Mountain Park in Kingsport.

The fast course will make a loop on the scenic trails of the 3,550 acre Bays Mountain Park nature preserve, the largest city-owned park in the State of Tennessee. The start and finish will be next to the wolf habitat. Park naturalists will again attempt to get the wolves to howl for the runners at the start of the race.

Runners of all ages and abilities are invited to participate. However, the course closes at 1 hour 45 minutes.

According to race director Mark Skelton, “while the course is challenging due to the heat, the trails for this race are not technical and are suitable for veteran and beginning trail runners.

“Adam Chase of Kingsport has the male course record of 41:16 set in 2015, and Breanna Roy of Jonesborough has the female course record of 51:23 set in 2017. We are expecting a record number of runners this year,” Skelton said.

The race is part of Kingsport Fun Fest and is included in the State of Franklin Track Club King & Queen Competition and Trail Series Competition. The Wolf Run is presented by the Law Office of Mark A. Skelton as part of the 2019 Skelton Law Racing Series.

The Wolf Run was previously recognized for winning the 2015, 2012 and 2009 SFTC Race of the Year Award and for winning the 2017, 2014 and 2010 SFTC Shirt of the Year Award.

The gold sponsors for the 2019 Wolf Run include Rural Health Services Consortium Inc., Law Office of Mark A. Skelton in Rogersville, R. Douglas Strickland M.D. of Gastroenterology Associates in Kingsport, and Barberitos of Kingsport.

Registration will begin at 5:00 p.m. at the Farmstead Museum. Participants will receive free entry into the park.

A post-race celebration will be held at the Farmstead Museum for awards, prizes, and refreshments. A taco bar will be catered by Barberitos Southwestern Grille & Cantina of Kingsport.

Male and female awards will be presented for the top overall, top masters (age 40+), top grandmasters (age 50+), top senior grandmasters (age 60+), and the top three in five year age group categories. All participants will receive a commemorative shirt.

The Wolf Run will be the fourth race in the 2019 Skelton Law Racing Challenge. Participants who run all the races in the Challenge will receive a commemorative sweatshirt and an invitation to a private twilight barge ride and dinner at Bays Mountain Park.

Other upcoming events for the 2019 Skelton Law Racing Series are the 15 mile Bays Mountain Trail Race at Bays Mountain Park on September 14 and the Phipps Bend River Run 10 mile trail race on October 12. The award winning Skelton Law Racing is celebrating 18 years of premiere running events.

Interested sponsors, volunteers, and runners for the Skelton Law Racing Series may contact race director Mark Skelton at 423.272.4812 or markskelton@markskelton.com. Race applications may be obtained at the Law Office of Mark A. Skelton in Rogersville or online at www.RunTriCities.org.