Lodging/Restaurants

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Runner’s Manual:
Event Lodging/Restaurants

March 21-22, 2020

NOTE: This page will be updated mid summer.

Lodging

NOTE: If you are willing to prepay, you may be able to forego the host hotel offerings for a slightly cheaper non-refundable rate at another hotel. However, you will not be a part of the Pistol group and you will not be able to cancel your reservation, should Murphy make it impossible for you to come. You will also not get the Pistol perks like late check-out at MainStay Suites, early breakfast, and other benefits offered exclusively for those who have reserved rooms in our group block. It also really helps us when runners reserve as part of our group block at the host hotels, since some of our supporting partners base their support heavily on these verifiable statistics. Thank you for helping support the event we all love by booking in our group blocks.

We have three awesome host hotels who love our Pistol runners and are willing to offer great room discounts. Please let them serve you. Be sure to thank them!

Hilton (Airport)

Connected by a covered walkway to the Knoxville McGee-Tyson Airport (TYS).
It is about 2 miles from the race start/finish line. (The front desk can also arrange for a taxi, if you don’t have transportation.)

  • Website: Hilton Knoxville Airport
  • Website: Map and Directions
  • Phone: 865-970-4300
  • Address: 2001 Alcoa Hwy, Alcoa, TN 37701
  • Rate: One king or two queens – $99.00/night + taxes ($14.60). Normal rates are $129.00 to $149.00+taxes.
  • Special reservation link: Click here. If reserving by phone, you must use our group name, “The Pistol Ultra” to get this discounted rate. You must reserve by March 3, 2020 to be eligible for this group rate (pending room availability…they WILL fill up before this date!).
  • Features:
    • Friday arrival (March 20): Anytime after 3 PM EDT
    • Saturday and Sunday checkout (March 21 and 22): Check out by 1 PM EDT. There are showers at the host school, so you won’t need to return to the hotel to shower after the race.
    • Shuttle service within a 5 mile radius to certain locations
    • Choice of king/queen Hilton Suite Dreams beds
    • Onsite Cooper restaurant opens at 6 AM
    • Complimentary internet service and business center
    • Automated wake-up call service
    • Complimentary toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, sewing kits, combs, shower caps, and razors
    • Cancel by 4 PM EDT 48 hours prior to arrival to avoid a penalty

MainStay Suites

It is less than 2 miles from the Knoxville McGee-Tyson Airport (TYS). A free shuttle is available – see details below. It is also only 1.5 miles from the race start/finish line. (The front desk can also arrange for a taxi, if you don’t have transportation.)

  • Website: Mainstay Suites
  • Website: Map and Directions
  • Phone: 865-379-7799
  • Address: 361 Fountain View Circle, Alcoa, TN 37701
  • Rate: One queen or two doubles – $77.00/night + taxes ($12.13). Normal rates are $88.00 to $108.00 + taxes. You must use our group name, “Pistol Ultra Run 2019”, to get this discounted rate.
  • You must reserve by February 28, 2019 to be eligible for this group rate (pending room availability…they WILL fill up before this date!).
  • Features:
    • Thursday/Friday arrival (March 14 and 15): Anytime after 3:00 PM EDT
    • Saturday/Sunday/Monday checkout (March 16/17/18): Check out by noon EDT, or if needed, ask for a late checkout (as late as 5:00 PM EDT). There are showers at the host school, so you won’t need to return to the hotel to shower after the race. Please note: there is a limited supply of late checkout rooms, so only ask for this if you absolutely need it.
    • Complimentary free shuttle service from airport 24/7: (Call hotel from airport customer service desk to request shuttle pick-up)
    • Clean, renovated, spacious suites with full kitchen facilities
    • Choice of queen/double beds (Some suites have 2 person sofa beds)
    • Complimentary hot breakfast buffet, 6:00-10:00 AM EDT, with an extensive food selection
    • Guest laundry room (3 washers, 3 dryers) – no stinky luggage!
    • Complimentary wired and wireless internet
    • Pet friendly facility (up to 2 pets-see hotel policy)
    • Complimentary business center (free printing, video conference)
    • 24 hour fitness room (We’re sure EVERYONE will want to use this!)
    • Automated wake-up call service
    • Complimentary toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, sewing kits, combs, shower caps, and razors
    • Discounts available for adjacent restaurants: O’Charley’s, Puleo’s Grill, Texas Roadhouse
    • Cancel by 4:00 PM, 48 hours prior to arrival, to avoid a penalty

Quality Inn

It is less than 2 miles from the Knoxville McGee-Tyson Airport. It is also only 1.5 miles from the race start/finish line. (The front desk can arrange a taxi, if you don’t have transportation.)

  • Website: Quality Inn
  • Website: Map and Directions
  • Phone: 865-984-6800
  • Address: 206 Corporate Place, Alcoa, TN 37701
  • Rate: One king or two doubles – $70.00/night + taxes ($11.03). Normal rates: Two doubles – $85.99 + taxes; one king – $80.99 + taxes. You must use our group name, “Pistol Ultra Run”, to get this discounted rate.
  • You must reserve by March 2, 2019 to be eligible for this group rate (pending room availability…they will fill up before this date!).
  • Features:
    • Friday arrival (March 15th): Check-in anytime after 3 PM EDT
    • Saturday and Sunday checkout (March 16th and 17th): Check out by 11 AM EDT. There are showers at the host school, so you won’t need to return to the hotel to shower after the race.
    • Choice of king/double size beds
    • Guest Laundry, Trouser Press
    • Meeting Room*
    • Free Handicap Parking; Limited Bus or Truck Parking
    • Guest Use Copy Machine, Fax Machine, Business Center
    • Choice Gold Hospitality Award
    • Interior Corridors and Braille Elevator(s)
    • Free Newspaper Mon-Fri; Free Hi-Speed Internet
    • Speaker Phone
    • Well-lit Area, In-Room
    • Fitness Center and Seasonal Outdoor Pool
    • Government Travelers: FEMA Approved
    • Pet-friendly Hotel*
    • Free Hot Breakfast and Coffee
    • Cancel by 4:00 PM EST the day of arrival to avoid a penalty
    • * Indicates services/amenities that may require an additional cost.

Camping/RVs

There are campgrounds in Townsend (about 10 miles away). You are also permitted to camp in the designated area on-site (tents may be staked in that area only) or park/sleep in your vehicle in the school parking lot Friday and Saturday night (See Parking Map in the Course Maps document). If you are coming in a small RV, there is a specific designated area for you to park. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis starting after 11 AM Friday. There are no hook-ups. The school will be locked overnight before Saturday. There will be portable toilets by the course that you can use. Showers will be available starting mid-morning Saturday through Sunday afternoon for finishers.

Restaurants

There are numerous chain restaurants within 2 miles: Olive Garden, Chili’s, Cheddars, Five Guys Burgers, Panera Bread, Salsarita’s, Ruby Tuesday’s, Subway, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, Applebee’s, Starbucks, Cracker Barrel, McAlister’s Deli, etc. Also many, many local restaurants. There is no shortage of selection very close by!