Fossil 5K

Fossil 5K  

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The first annual Fossil 5K will be hosted by the East Tennessee State University and General Shale Natural History Museum and Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site. Proceeds will benefit the museum’s exhibition and education programs.

The Fossil 5K is a part of the annual International Red Panda Day at the museum, and participants will receive free admission to the day’s events, which will include kids’ activities, free talks about red pandas and their significance to the region, guided tours, and more.


The Fossil 5K will start and finish at the museum in Gray. Packet pickup and registration will be on Friday, September 19 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 20 from 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. The race will begin at 9:00 a.m., rain or shine. Registration is $20 in advance and $25 after September 17. Race participants who register two weeks before the race will receive an exclusive Fossil 5K t-shirt. All fitness levels are invited to participate. Registration is hosted on

The museum continually showcases the 5-million-year-old site and its unique ecosystem. Visitors are invited to observe live excavations in May through October. There are also many special events held at the Museum, such as the monthly “Speaker Series,”  “Fossil & Artifact ID Nights” every other month, and many ongoing youth programs.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. located 1.8 miles off Exit 13 on Interstate 26. For more information, or for special assistance, call (866) 202-6223 or visit the museum at

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