A group of people pose for a selfieThe Foothill Striders club is a local, nonprofit organization that was established in the early 1980s to promote recreation and healthy lifestyles among its members and to provide them with an avenue for community service. The club organizes various activities for the membership, including hikes, bike rides, runs, walks, backpack trips, whitewater-rafting excursions and picnics. The club is dedicated to promoting the healthy enjoyment of the natural recreational resources of East Tennessee.

More About The Club

Club membership is made up of a diverse group of area residents, having a wide range of leisure interests.

  • • Visit this site for club events and hiking, biking and running schedules.
  • • Members range in age from preteens to senior adults.
  • • The club organizes a variety of outdoor activities for the enjoyment of members.
  • • The club meets regularly for fellowship and informational programs.
  • • Annual membership dues are $15 for an individual or $20 for a family.


Members of the Foothill Striders receive:

  • • Regular group bike rides, hikes and runs/walks posted on our members-only Facebook pages.
  • • Members can participate in various club challenges, such as hiking at least 150 miles, running and walking at least 600 miles, and/or bike riding at least 1500 miles.
  • • Plus, invitations to social activities, and discounts to local races, such as the Trot for Education.


Community Involvement

  • • Many members also enjoy the opportunities for community involvement afforded through club membership.
  • • The club has given over $100,000 to our local community, including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and over $100,000 in college scholarships.
  • • The club uses proceeds from the Tour de Blount to fund two $2,000 scholarships each year to Blount County high school students. The Tour de Blount is a bike riding event sponsored by the club every May. Many of our members regularly volunteer at community events.


You can register online and pay membership dues on RunSignUp.com.

You can also download and complete this application if you prefer not to register online.