Chattanooga is saturated with running races: 5ks, 10ks, charity races, trail runs, dress-up races, "no prize" races, let-your-dog-drag-you races! Some are well executed events, and some are well... not. Fast Break compiled a short list of our favorite Chattanooga races. If you're still figuring out what races to train for in 2017, look no further. These are all stamped with Fast Break's approval for efficient execution, local history, solid connections, fast competition, and, most importantly, a whole lot of fun! So grab a friend, call your sister, put a leash on your dog and sign up for one of them or or ALL of them! You won't be disappointed.
(Races listed in order of date.)
1. Rock/Creek River Gorge Trail Race
DATE: MARCH 25th | TYPE: TRAIL RACE | DISTANCE: 10.2 miles
This Rock/Creek's event has been a classic Chattanooga trail race since 2001. With Chattanooga's unreliable spring weather forecast, you never know what temperature of race this will be! The course is absolutely GORGeous, but extremely challenging with it's single track course through Mullens Cove loop at Prentice Cooper State Forest.
2. Chickamauga Chase
DATE: APRIL 22nd | TYPE: ROAD RACE & TRAIL RACE | DISTANCES: 15K, 5K, 8M, KIDDIE K
This year is the 49th running of the Chickamauga Chase, which is the 2nd longest-running road race in the Chattanooga Track Clubs repertoire. This race offers a variety of distances from a 5k to a 15K road race, plus an 8 mile trail race. For all the littles ones tagging along, there is also a Kiddie K! Experience Chattanooga's history on this course that offers historical scenic views through Civil War battlefields.
3. The Chattanooga Chase
DATE: MAY 29 | TYPE: ROAD RACE | DISTANCES: 8K AND 1M
The Chattanooga Chase is the oldest road race in Tennessee! This year will be the 50th running. The Chase features a rewarding course through the scenic hills of North Chattanooga. The fast 1 mile race is a great option to work on your mile time while the 8k is challenging and hilly! Top 50 finishers win a special edition Top 50 Finishers shirt! After the race, sponsors provide food and beverages to make for one fun Memorial Day bash. Bring your family, and even your dog!
4. Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race
DATE: JUNE 16-18th | TYPE: TRAIL RACE | DISTANCES: 18M, 22M, 20M
This race is actually 3 races, on 3 days, on 3 mountains! Day one consists of 18 miles of Raccoon Mountain. Day two is 22 miles on Lookout Mountain. And the grande finale is 20 miles on Signal Mountain. Chattanooga Brewing Co sponsors the nightly celebrations which are a great time of camaraderie with other like-minded and crazy trail runners.
5. Missionary Ridge Road Race
DATE: AUGUST 12 | TYPE: ROAD RACE | DISTANCE: 4,7M
This road race is a classic, local 44 year old, heat-biting, humidity-drowning mental and physical battle. The course is an out-and-back of beautiful views and lots and lots of hills. Challenge yourself to conquer the ridge!
6. Cameron Bean Memorial 5k and Magnum Mile
Date: August 26 | Type: Road Race | Distances: 5K and 1M
The Cam Run is very dear to our hearts. We renamed a race to honor and remember former Fast Break employee, Cameron Bean, who was tragically killed while running on Moccasin Bend Road which is the location of the race. The 5k in the morning is open to everyone! The top 25 male and female winners from the 5k will have the chance to compete in the 1 mile event that evening as a part of the River Gorge Omnium bike race.
7. Moccasin Bend Fall Classic
DATE: OCTOBER 7th | TYPE: ROAD RACE | DISTANCES: 10K
Come get your PR on one of Tennessee's flattest and fastest courses. This is a no-frills, low cost event. If you're looking for a course to get your 10K PR on, look no further. This out-and-back course is as flat as it gets in Chattanooga.
8. Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon
DATE: NOVEMBER 11TH | TYPE: ROAD RACE | DISTANCES: MARATHON, HALF MARATHON, 5K, JR. MARATHON
Runners World voted this marathon as one of the most family friendly races! The rolling course is extremely beautiful and takes you on a tour of historical moments, memorials, and canons. Everyone can participate with distances from the full and half marathon to the Jr. Marathon. For the Jr. Marathon, kids log 25.2 miles throughout the year, and run their final momentous mile on race day.
9. Sportsbarn Turkey Trot
DATE: NOVEMBER 23rd | TYPE: ROAD RACE | DISTANCES: 8K, 3M walk, 1M Fun run, Kiddie K
There is no other Turkey Trot in Chattanooga like this one. For years this has been a classic Chattanooga Thanksgiving event for the whole family! Burn some calories before the big Turkey Day feast! Proceeds go to the Kidney Foundation of Chattanooga.
10. Wauhatchie Trail Race
DATE: December 16th | TYPE: TRAIL RACE | DISTANCES: 6.7M
Experience a different type of race with an age graded start! Each age group has a different start time, based on age, that levels the playing field for a chance to win the golden antlers! The course is at Reflection Riding Arboretum. Each participant is encouraged to bring a white elephant gift to trade. Fun for the whole family.
There are SO MANY great races in Chattanooga. Make sure to check out the ones we didn't have room to describe! They are just as great. Click on each one for more info or to register.