Deep in the shadows of the Tennessee River Gorge there is an adventure race like none other. Pangorge challenges athletes to run, bike and paddle through the area known infamously as Suck Creek.
The event was inaugurated in 2014 as a point to point, solo or team race. Over the years, it has morphed naturally to its current state: A checkpoint style race with minimal boundaries allowing participants to utilize their body and mind to maximize outcomes.
It means all or completely, As in “All of the gorge”. It’s also the name of the Greek god of the wild.
half man, half Goat. the third reference is for Pan Rapid and Pan Gap which are two historical
designations in the gorge. Wow. Now that’s a lot of pan puns.
Participants are given a map of the area in advance of the race that contains locations
of checkpoints. Mandatory Check Points are required to secure a time on the finish board. Bonus Check
Points allow racers to earn deductions from their final time.
Racers choose their own course for the day. Check Points can be knocked off in any
sequence. One can choose to hit “mandos” only or POSSIBLY achieve a negative time by accumulating
enough bonus check points. The first person to the finish line isn’t necessarily the winner.
This race isn’t designed for the arm chair-athlete. Players should be proficient in
running, mountain biking and paddling. Time on the course will range from 5-10 hours. Be prepared for
a long day in the woods.
Terrain: Steep and unforgiving.
the Tennessee River Gorge contains thousands of acres of hills, cliffs,
creeks, and of course, the river.
The Ghost of Races Past:
With Prentice Cooper in our backyard there will never be a shortage of new checkpoint options. The 2018 race map had 3 mando and 8 bonus checkpoints.
2017 was the Pangorge introduction to checkpoint style racing. This map held 5 mandos and 8 bonus checkpoints.
Variations of this course were raced during Pangorge 2014 - 2016