The Hill & Dale 8 Miler originated in 1979 and was one of the original four races of the TN Running Parks Tour. Before Chickasaw Chase it was the first and largest race of the spring season. It was cancelled in 1999 because of an ice storm that felled numerous trees across the path. Approximately 20 runners showed up anyway and ran the course. Participation was in steady decline until 2005, when again, it was promoted by the Memphis Runners Track Club, and in particular by its race director, Rachel Ragan. Since 2012, the race has been directed by Andrew Forsdick. 2016 saw a record 400 finishers under perfect running conditions, cool 40 degrees, no wind and sunshine.