2017 Race Recap

Thank you to all that came out to participate in the 2017 Hillbilly Half Marathon and Little Billy 5K. The 5th annual event was a great success! Congratulations to 4-time winner, Scott Wietecha of Hendersonville, TN and first-time winner, Kathryne Hirt of Franklin, TN.  This was Kathryne’s first half marathon ever.  Read her story here: Female Winner of the Hillbilly Half

Photo Credit: Sydney Hunter

Also, congratulations to Kazufumi Seki of Murfreesboro, TN and Celeste Goodson of Franklin, TN on winning the Little Billy 5K!

Other mentions in the half marathon are masters winners Ninette Giardina of Franklin, TN and Jeremiah Tatum of Cookeville, TN.

Photo Credit: Gregg Gelmis

Full results can be found here: 2017 Hillbilly Half and Little Billy 5K Results

We would like to thank Gregg Gelmis of We Run Huntsville for coming out and taking some great shots along the course.  Gregg worked free of charge and only gets paid if you buy the hi-res version of his photos.  You can view and purchase your favorites here:

Course Photos
Finish Line Photos 1
Finish Line Photos 2

Photo Credit: Gregg Gelmis

This race could not exist without our sponsors.  Please support them if at all possible.  We thank them for helping to make the Hillbilly Half and Little Billy 5K the best event possible.

Sam’s Club
Mention the Hillbilly Half at the Franklin location to get a $10 gift card with a new membership.
The Peach Truck
Thanks to The Peach Truck, runners received a fresh, juicy, Georgia peach at the finish line.  Check out their website to see where you can get some before the season ends!
Jet’s Pizza
Williamson Medical Center
Franklin Marriott
Animalia Wellness
OrangeTheory Fitness
WDYRF Race Series
Heroes in Recovery 6K
Swiftwick Socks

Be sure to follow and interact with us on social media.  We love getting to know you better and encourage you throughout the year.  Come join the fun:

Our Instagram “Best Pic” winner went to @libertygetmanmurray.  She gets a free entry to the 2018 race!  Check out this cool shot on Floyd Road.

Photo Credit: @libertygetmanmurray via Instagram

An honorable mention goes to this awesome one-handed spin of the 2017 Hillbilly Half medal: https://www.instagram.com/p/BU7rQoTA7Ng/

Photo Credit: @mackenzieangell via Instagram

It has been our pleasure to put this race on for the past 5 years.  We love all the feedback we have already received and it seems like 2017 has been the best year yet.  We look forward to seeing you in 2018 and many years to come.

-The Race Committee

Never Trust a Skinny Chef…

…Or a race director that does not run his/her own course.  I am excited about returning to the 2013 clockwise route for the 2017 Hillbilly Half Marathon.  It is a completely different experience.  Today I ran the course for the first time this direction since 2013.  That first year I ran alongside the crowd, but have not been able to the past 3 years.  This year,  I plan to run again, barring some unforeseen circumstances that will not allow it.  Here are some of my take-aways from this morning’s run;

It is still a challenging course!  The hills are still there and there are plenty of them.  I walked most of them, mostly because this was an easy day for me and I didn’t want to push it.  I left my water bottle at Boston Church of Christ, (7.5 miles in) and that also made me dial it back a bit.  I was thankful for their open doors and open restroom though.

It was still gorgeous.  Leiper’s Fork is a unique jewel and there is just nothing like it anywhere else.  Although the course is challenging, it is still a rewarding experience.

There is more shade on the back stretch than I remember.  It was a nice, sunny day and there were pockets of cold air, which were refreshing.

It was not that difficult.  It could have been the weather, or the fact that I was taking it easy and walking the hills, but I felt good, even on half a bottle of water.

I can’t wait until June 3!  I look forward to running the course with my friends this year.  It is shaping up to be another great event.  Please make plans to join me for an experience you will not soon forget.

2017 Medal Design Revealed

We are excited to announce our new medal design for 2017!  

All half marathon finishers will receive this uniquely designed medal, which features a moonshine jug (certainly a hillbilly favorite) bearing the date of the race. The Hillbilly Half Marathon logo decorates the opposite side.  This spinning memento may well leave you entertained for minutes on end.  There is no doubt the kiddos will also enjoy stealing this medal and using it  to find new creative ways to annoy their parents.  This is a limited edition and is only available to finishers of the Hillbilly Half Marathon in Leiper’s Fork, TN on June 3, 2017.

As for all our 5k-ers…you are not forgotten!  All of our 5K finishers get a medal as well, although, yeah, it’s not as cool as the half marathon medal.

And don’t forget the best finisher “medal” of all, courtesy of our friends at The Peach Truck!


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