November 5, 2019


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The 12th annual US Trail Running Conference takes place at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915. The Auditorium and Coliseum is a multi-purpose events facility in Knoxville, Tennessee, owned by the Knoxville city government. The venue has hosted musicals, theatrical productions, sporting events, circuses, concerts and more.

The arena is home to the Knoxville Ice Bears, of the SPHL and the University of Tennessee Ice Vols, of the ACHA. In the past, the arena hosted the Knoxville Speed, of the UHL, the Knoxville Cherokees, of the ECHL and the Knoxville Knights, of the EHL. It was also the home of the Tennessee ThunderCats/Riverhawks professional indoor football franchise.

The Banquet Room has 4,800 square feet of flexible space and can accommodate 200 attendees in theater style seating, with exhibitor tables around the edge of the room.

It is located less than 3 miles from the base of Knoxville’s Urban wilderness trail system (see details below).

The layout of the Conference room at the Civic Auditorium will enable the Conference to continue to provide an intimate, engaging atmosphere that promotes discussion from attendees and sponsors and exhibitors alike.

We are excited to bring the US Trail Running Conference to Knoxville, and look forward to working with our partners Visit Knoxville Sports Commission, and other contributing community departments.

The hotel options for Conference attendees can be found at this link when available.

About Knoxville

Knoxville prides itself on a unique mix of natural beauty, outdoor adventure and cultural attractions. In other words, its a-nature-loving-adventure-seeking-artsy-kinda-town. And they can’t wait to welcome you.

The main area of interest for Conference attendees will be Trail Running in the Urban Wilderness.

Over 60 miles of connected, natural surface trails within Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness provide unparalleled trail running experiences for adventurers of all skill levels. A variety of terrain and destinations creates great views, great adventures and the chance to return again and again for a new experience. The majority of the trails are multi-use trails for runners. There are fourteen trailhead destinations within the Urban Wilderness, each with their own unique characteristics and offerings.

Restrooms and water are available at Ijams Nature Center and the Ijams Quarries. Water stations are available spring through fall at the Helix Trailhead and the end Marj McClean trail leaving William Hastie Natural Area.

You can see details of suggested trail loops in the Urban Wilderness at this link.

We will be working with Visit Knoxville Sports Commission to create affordable options for lodging – in the meantime, check out this information on lodging in Knoxville, read more.

Information on ways to travel to Knoxville.

Low Carbon Ground Transport Options

Here are some ideas for low carbon ground transportation options for getting to the conference venue in Knoxville, TN:

  • Flixbus – Flixbus run affordable services from around the US to Knoxville. Flixbus is one of the most eco-friendly ways to travel. You can also learn more about their sustainability initiatives and carbon offset programs. See more at this link.

Once you are in Knoxville, there are ground transport options available to you:

  • Keep Knoxville Beautiful – this is a site dedicated to sharing information on sustainable and alternative transportation in Knoxville. See more at this link.

Air Travel

McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) – McGhee Tyson is the primary commercial airport serving the Knoxville metropolitan area in the U.S. state of Tennessee. It is located just 12 miles from downtown Knoxville, and has 120 daily flights from more than 20 non-stop destinations. Major airlines that service McGhee Tyson are Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines (seasonal), and United Airlines. You can see more details on McGhee Tyson at this link.

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