Mountain Momma race set for May 10

Apr. 27, 2014 @ 11:08 PM

Registration is open for the inaugural Mountain Momma Half Marathon and 5K race, an event that celebrates local mothers on May 10, the day before Mother's Day.

The race, which is open to women and men, was originally set to debut last May, but was canceled. Event organizer Jay Nevans said he believes the combination of last year's event taking place on Mother's Day, and the fact that it was originally limited to women, caused last year's cancellation.

"We didn't see the kind of interest we were expecting, so we postponed it until this year and opened it to everyone," Nevans said.

Although it shares a similar name, this race is unrelated to the Mountain Man Memorial March race that celebrates American military members and families, which also takes place in Sevier County. Mountain Momma only refers to the mothers of the mountain region, event promoter Amanda Carmichael said. 

"Of course we don't want to forget the mountain daddies as well," Carmichael said.

The event website features a map of the course, which starts and ends at Wilderness at the Smokies. At the beginning, the route goes through a loop behind Wilderness, eventually coming out to the Parkway.

"I had done some work with Wilderness at the Smokies, and we thought Sevierville would be a beautiful place to have the marathon," Nevans said. "The route is a good mix between rural and urban."

The top three overall female finishers will receive an award, as will the top three winners in each age group, the fastest combined mother-daughter team and the fastest combined sister team. Overall winners in both the 5K and half marathon are not included in age division award categories.

Race setup begins at 6 a.m., and the half marathon will begin at 8 a.m. The 5K will begin at 8:05 a.m., and 5K awards will be given out at 9:45 a.m., while half marathon awards will be given out at 1 p.m.

Registration is $65 for the half marathon and $30 for the 5K.

Nevans can't guess what the turnout might be. "f we got a couple hundred people out there, that would be great," Nevans said.

For more information and to register for the event, visit mountainmommahalfmarathon.com.

jold@themountainpress.com