Knoxville 2018

Call it White Lightning, call it Mountain Dew, or Hooch.  Whatever you call it Moonshine is a part of the heritage of Tennessee and Ijams Nature Center is the perfect setting for The Moonlight Bootlegger 5K!  Just like our bootleggin’ ancestors, see if you can make it through the moonlit woods to get to the stompin’ grounds, where you can enjoy some moonshine cocktails and flatfoot it to live music.

This will be our third year bootleggin’ in Knoxville and each year the event has grown, and become even more fun!  Come check us out!

When and Where

Saturday July 21st, 2018

Ijams Nature Center
2915 Island Home Ave
Knoxville, TN 37920

The Course

Schedule of Events

Race Day – Saturday, July 21st:
  • Packet Pickup: 6:50 PM – 8:40 PM
  • Prerace meeting: 8:50 PM
  • Race Start: 9:00 PM (each consecutive wave will start 3 minutes apart)
  • Awards: Approx. 10:15 PM

Entry Fees

Through March 31st Through May 31st Through Race Day
5k Individual $32 $38 $43
Spectator $15

What You Get With Your Registration

Runner –
  • Soft cotton gender specific race T-Shirt! (Register by July 12th to guarantee a shirt.)
  • Post-race food and beverages
  • Two moonshine drink tickets for those over the age of 21
  • Post-race live bluegrass and old timey music
  • Commemorative moonshine mason jar
Spectator – (pass not required to attend the race)
  • Entrance to the after party
  • 2 Moonshine cocktail tickets
  • Commemorative moonshine mason jar

Timing / Awards

The Moonlight Bootlegger 5K will be chip timed.

Awards to the top 3 overall males and top 3 overall females. Awards to the top 3 males and females in the following age groups in each race: 20 and under, 21-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+.


Parking will be available in the lots closest to the Mead’s Quarry Lake. Click the link below for more details.

Parking Map

Rules & Guidelines


In the event the race should be canceled for reasons beyond the control of the Race Director or Race Committee (inclement weather or unsafe weather conditions; local, state or national emergency), refunds will not be made, but race packets, including race shirts, will be available at a location to be determined. Information will be available on the race website.

No refunds for any reason will be issued for this event within 30 days of the event start date. Earlier than 30 days before the event, a request may be made for a 50% refund (this will be 50% of entry fee, excluding any processing fees). Entries CANNOT be transferred or deferred to another event or year. NO EXCEPTIONS will be made to this policy. By registering for this event you agree to this refund policy.

Register to Run
Register to Volunteer