RetroWeekend has a lot to offer April 29-30 in Pigeon Forge

larry runningBy LARRY VAUGHT

It’s just over two weeks from now that I will be back in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., — one of my favorite spots to visit — for the RetroWeekend April 29-30.

I’m not quite sure how to precisely describe this event or explain why it is so intriguing to me. Maybe it is just that so much is geared to the over 40 crowd — and I am well over 40.

I am looking forward to two seminars with running guru Jeff Galloway, a regular contributor to Runner’s World. His unique training program has been reported to reduce injury risk, aches and pain and make it possible to enjoy running even more, something that certainly appeals to me.

On April 30, there will be a special race that allows all the old folks to have a rare chance to start at the front of the pack because each age group will have its own start. It’s open to runners of all ages, but geared to those 40 and over. The race is a bit over 5 miles throughout Pigeon Forge and the unique distance is guaranteed to allow you to set a personal best.

If that’s not enough, there will be special music both nights. 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. How could I not love that?

There will also be seminars led by Lee Ellis, a former Vietnam War prisoner of war; Rudy Maxa, a veteran travel journalist; and Galloway.  All veterans will receive free admission on Veteran’s Appreciation Day April 29.

At least 10 percent of all registration fees go to local charities, too.

RetroWeekend Founder and Executive Director Steve Hall is a former competitive runner who thinks this race will appeal to a lot of runners.

“Starting a race so far back in the pack that it takes 5 minutes to actually get to the starting line isn’t my idea of racing,” Hall said. Coupled with starting at the actual starting line in a competitive race, I wanted to provide everyone an experience unlike any other in the country, with great music and activities highlighting the ‘Boomer’ generation and, at the same time, making a significant impact in giving back to the community.”


To register or receive more information about RetroWeekend, visit:

About RetroRunning and RetroWeekend

RetroRunning, Inc. plans, manages and promotes unique weekend entertainment experiences highlighting the culture, music and activities of the Boomer generation. Formed in 2013 by life-long runner and retirement planning professional Steve Hall, RetroRunning focuses on the physical and financial wellbeing of its participants by creating and delivering fun, entertaining and informative multiday events.


Friday, April 29, 2016

10:00 am

Registration Check-In Opens | Location: Front Desk

12:00 – 2:00

Frank Murphy, 93.1 Radio Remote | Location: Entrance


Expo Open 12:00 – 7:00 pm (include race packet pickup)

1:00 – 4:00

Jim Smith, music / entertainment | Location: Greenbriar

1:30 – 2:45

Amelia Crotwell, Elderlaw | Location: TBD

1:00 – 5:00 pm

Live music in LeConte Event Center

2:00 – 4:50

Matt Cordell, Elvis, music / entertainment | Location: Greenbriar

2:30 – 4:30

Swing Dance Lessons | Location: TBD

2:30 – 3:30

Biking 101 | Location: TBD

3:00 – 4:00

Rodney Miller Long Term Care Discussion | Location: TBD

3:00 – 4:15

Mike Wetzel, Hiking in the Smokies| Location: TBD

3:15 – 4:45

Jeff Galloway Running School (Part 1) | Location: TBD

5:00 pm– 6:00 pm

Veterans Appreciation Discussion, Keynote Speaker Lee Ellis, Leadership Freedom® | Location: Greenbriar

7:30 – 10:30

Top Tier Band | Location: TBD

Saturday, April 30, 2016


RetroRunning Race (inaugural event!)
Unique “Progressional Start™”, “Run at the Front™” format


LeConte Convention Center opens for runners


All runners meet in LeConte Hall in their respective age race groups to receive final race instructions; Runners must be checked in with their race group in LeConte Hall before moving to starting line.


All racers 39 and under depart LeConte Hall and are escorted to starting line believe they should go off about 12-15 minutes before the 40-44 year-old group starts.


All 40+ age group racers are escorted to starting line from LeConte Hall followed by subsequent race groups (see race format information section for schedule)


Traditional race for those age 39 and under starts


“Run at the Front”™ (“Progressional™”) races begin (everyone ages 40-45) followed by each age-based race

10:15 – 11:30

Simon Bradbury, Yoga/Pilates for Runners | Location: TBA


Race Course/Timing Closes


Awards Presentations | Location: Greenbriar

Expo Open 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

1:00 – 4:00

Matt Cordell, Elvis, music / entertainment | Location: Greenbriar

1:30 – 3:00

Jeff Galloway Running School (Part II) | Location: TBD

1:00 – 5:00 pm

Live music in LeConte Event Center

2:00 – 5:00 pm

Jim Smith, music / entertainment | Location: TBD

2:30 – 3:45 pm

Todd White, home brewing | Location: TBD

2:30 – 4:30 pm

Swing Dance Lessons | Location: TBD

3:00 – 4:15 pm

John Clark, Vienna Coffee Company | Location: TBD

3:15 – 4:30 pm

Spencer Hall, Retirement Planning** | Location: TBD

Evening 7:00 – 10:00

Live, on stage, headliner entertainment and give-aways. At 7:30 Woodie and the Longboards 75-minute tribute to the Beach Boys followed by a 75-minute tribute to Glenn Frey and the Eagles.

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