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Cades Cove race planned for November

Registration for the fourth annual Cades Cove Loop Lope is now open, with plans moving ahead to hold the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s only footrace on Sunday, Nov. 8. 

The event will offer 5K and 10-mile options, with participation limited to 750 people. A virtual race option will be offered as well, allowing runners to complete the mileage at the time and place of their choosing. Organizers will follow CDC guidelines closely to avoid the spread of COVID-19. 

A limited number of parking passes are available for purchase with registration. Free parking is available in Townsend, and shuttles will transport runners who do not have a parking pass. The race typically sells out each year. 

Proceeds benefit Friends of the Smokies, a nonprofit partner of the park. The money will help support par programs and projects such as environmental education, historic preservation and wildlife management. The event is possible thanks to sponsors Turner Homes and Bullfish Grill. 

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