Honor Through Action
For the 6th straight year, men and woman will be gathering in Gatlinburg to honor First Lieutenant Frank Walkup and all fallen American military members by way of The Mountain Man Memorial March. The event takes place over two days beginning Friday, April 19 at 8 p.m. with The March starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 20.
Everyone is invited to gather before 8 p.m. on Friday at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza for the Gold Star Family Ceremony. This very special ceremony recognizes the surviving Mother and families of military members killed in action. The Mountain Man Memorial March has become the largest Gold Star Family recognition ceremony in the southeast, recognizing 69 families in 2012.
Individuals and teams—military or civilian—are invited to join the March or run taking place April 20, 2013. The run ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m., with the race itself starting promptly at 9 a.m. Categories for individuals, teams, heavy and light divisions will divide participants. The run consists of 1) a full 26.2 mile marathon, 2) a 13.1 mile half marathon, and 3) a 10 k. The March consists of two events including a 26.2 mile march and 13.1 mile march. The route begins in Gatlinburg across the street from the Pi Beta Phi Elementary School at traffic light #5 and makes it way through Gatlinburg and into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Runner category winners will be recognized throughout the day, while March category winners will be recognized during the 2nd Gold Star Family Ceremony at 8 p.m. Saturday evening. As we all know, every person who participates in the March or spectator that cheers them on is a winner! We do hope you’ll plan to join us in Gatlinburg for this very special event and take advantage of our off-season lodging discounts so that you can.