Runners and walkers of all ages and skill levels will stretch their legs through the streets of Downtown Gatlinburg on Friday, April 22 for the annual Earth Day 5K presented by Hilton Garden Inn. The night race begins at 10 p.m. at NOC Gatlinburg in front of traffic light number 10, with registration starting at 8 p.m.
The 5K will cap off a week of Earth Week events designed to encourage green practices and environmental conservation throughout the community. Awards hand-crafted by Buie Pottery will be distributed to overall winners, age group winners and finishers.
Proceeds from the race benefit Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a non-profit organization providing local scholarships, donations to schools, funding for the Gatlinburg Goes Green Program and other educational events within the community.
Sponsors for Gatlinburg’s Earth Day 5K night race are Hilton Garden Inn, Keep Sevier Beautiful, Buie Pottery, The Blalock Companies, Gatlinburg Falls Resort, NOC Gatlinburg, Ripley’s Entertainment, Magic Beyond Belief, Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud, Amazing Animals, Smoky Mountain Opry, Comedy Barn, Smith Family Theater and Smoky Mountain Living.