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Retro Weekend™ in the Smokies - Online Registration is closed, but Onsite Registration is OPEN! We hope to see you soon.

Fri April 29 - Sat April 30 Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 US Directions

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The LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge
2986 Teaster Lane
Pigeon Forge, TN US 37863


The LeConte Event Center in Pigeon Forge will be the site of RetroWeekend, a throwback to the sounds and culture of yesteryear. The weekend, which takes place April 29 through May 1, allows attendees to immerse themselves in the culture, music and feelings of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

RetroWeekend offers great opportunities to learn, compete, dance and laugh, all while making a significant charitable impact in the community. From featured workshops on health, wellness and financial management to dance lessons featuring swing, shag and 2-step, the weekend will place mental and physical health at the forefront of participants’ minds.

A specially crafted race will take place on Saturday morning, April 30, featuring a unique “Progressional Start™” race format that allows everyone to “Run at the Front™” regardless of age or ability. Open to all runners of every age, it is the only race of its kind in the country. The “secret sauce” is staggered start times for each age group over 40, so racers are only competing against their peers. The race is 5 miles, 916 yards (not measured in kilometers, just like the good old days!).

Live music will play throughout Friday and Saturday’s festivities. Upbeat dance band Top Tier (Nashville, Tenn.) will perform Friday evening, and North America’s No. 1 tribute band, Woodie and the Longboards (Riverside, Calif.), will take the stage Saturday evening to perform consecutive 75-minute tributes to The Eagles’ Glenn Frey and The Beach Boys.

Several noteworthy speakers will enlighten guests throughout the weekend. The opening keynote speaker is Olympian Jeff Galloway. Galloway was recognized by USA Running as the “most recognized personality in running.” Galloway is also the founder of the Galloway Training Program and is the author of Galloway’s Book on Running.

Lee Ellis (“Leading with Honor”, ) will serve as an inspirational keynote speaker on Friday afternoon. During the Vietnam War, Lee’s aircraft was shot down over enemy territory and he was held as a POW in various prisons in the Hanoi area for over five years.

The charitable impact in the community and throughout Appalachia will be significant. At least 10 percent of all registration fees will go to charities that serve the needs of the area, including Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Friends of the Smokies, Remote Area Medical and Wears Valley Ranch, among others.

Dolly Parton’s brand new and exclusive DreamMore Resort serves as the host hotel for the weekend.

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There will be a ton of parking right at the LaConte Center and the city provides trolley to get you to anf from your hotel if you don’t want to drive. Please check out for information on routes and fees.

Course Map

1. Teaster Ln to Veterans Blvd
2. Veterans Blvd to S River Road
3. S River Road to Garland St
4. Garland St to N River Road
5. N River Road to Jake Thomas Blvd
6. Jake Thomas Blvd to Parkway
7. Parkway to Christmas Tree Ln
8. Christmas Tree Ln to Teaster Ln
9. Teaster Ln to E Wears Valley
10. E Wears Valley to Smoky Dr
11. Smoky Dr to The Island Dr
12. The Island Dr to Riverwalk Greenway
… ending near the entrance to the Convention Center (approx 5.59 miles total)

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Weekend Highlights

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We're looking for at least 200 volunteers in several key areas for Race Weekend, including the two-day Health & Fitness Expo, the 5 mile Run and the Veteran's Breakfast.

As a volunteer, you'll have the chance to meet and help more than 5,000 runners and 8,000 spectators who will come from multiple states across the nation and around the world. If you have a great personality, a strong work ethic, and an interest in having fun, these volunteer opportunities are for you. Plus, all volunteers will receive a free Go Retro Running apparel item!

There is a role for everyone! Sign up with friends, family, co-workers, schools and churches. You can work together and have fun while supporting this Inaugural event in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee!



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