So, You're Running the Boston Marathon...

You've put in endless training miles, made several attempts to qualify, and now you're packed and ready to head to Boston this weekend! First of all, CONGRATS! You have reached runner level 100!

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We've talked to a few local Boston Marathon veterans and asked them for a few tips and tricks for race weekend. Enjoy, and good luck to everyone from Chattanooga racing on Monday!

Race Prep:

"Stalk your favorite elite runners, its the only time it's really okay! There are lots of events happening with famous runners giving talks or group runs, so if you want to see someone, do some research! We ran into Shalane Flanagan last year giving a talk at the Runner's World pop-up shop!" - Morgan Olson (1x Boston Finisher, '17)

For starters, check out these events happening:

"Buy a cheap 'throw away' blanket and 'throw away' sweats to wear to the athletes' village on race morning" -Scott Hamby (2x Boston Finisher, '16, '17, and headed back this weekend!)

"The day before the race, get your 3-4 mile shakeout run in on the Charles River Esplanade. It's a beautiful riverwalk with beautiful views of Boston! Really, just go exploring, anywhere you run you will see some cool sights." -Morgan Olson

"Hydrate! If the human body is a machine then water is the oil that keeps it running!" -Dianna Leun (2x Boston Finisher, '14, '17, and going back this weekend!)

"Talk to a stranger! Safety first of course, but strike up conversation on the subway, the bus to the race or in the port-a-potty line. Everyone is hyped up so it helps calm the nerves, and you can make a new friend!" - Dianna Leun

Race Day:

"Wear sunscreen" -Michael Green (2x Boston Finisher, '96 and '04)

"Don't worry, there is a last minute port-a-potty stop right before the start line" - Morgan Olson

"Go out conservatively, run the first 2 miles about 20 seconds slower than you want to run" -Alan Outlaw (1x Boston Finisher, '17)

"Run conservative until you reach Newton...around mile 16" -Scott Hamby

"Go out easy, take your time and don't force your way through the pack in the first several miles. The hills near the end only beat people down if they've already beat up their legs in the first part of the race" Kevin Huwe (3x Boston Finisher, '13, '14', and '17)

"Avoid zig zagging in the mass amounts of people, it's exhausting and it'll make you more frustrated." - Morgan Olson

"After you finish the race, it's about a mile to family/friend meet-up area, so think positive thoughts and don't fall over." -Morgan Olson 

Boston Experiences:

"A Red Sox game is a nice way to get the Boston experience before the race" Kevin Huwe

"The city of Boston is wonderful. Grab something at the bakery and savor each and every bite!" - Dianna Leun

"Go to Mike's Pastry in the North End. They have so many varieties of cannolies, you won't be able to pick just one!" -Scott Hamby

"Dunkin Donuts is the best local coffee shop you can go to!" 

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Good luck to everyone racing Boston on Monday!

Don't Stress. Remember where you are, and all you've done to be there. It's quite an accomplishment, so take it all in and enjoy the experience. Boston is a tough course with tough conditions, so just have fun with it. We hope you have enjoyed these tips and tricks!

Must-Do Chattanooga Races in 2018!

You've set your new year's resolutions: get fit, stay in shape, eat healthier. What better accountability than a tangible goal you have to train for, like a race! Races provide an end goal to work towards, whether that's to run a fast a 5k or to run your first half marathon. A registration fee and date on the calendar are excellent accountability partners that will all keep you motivated to train and push yourself!

Whether you're just starting out or need a bigger, badder challenge, here are eleven races to put on your calendar for 2018.

1. Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k, and Kids Race: March 2-4, 2018

This race will not disappoint you. Although a young race, over the past 3 years the city of Chattanooga has come out strong with cheering and support throughout the race. It is a blast running through the various neighborhoods of Chattanooga, and seeing everyone out cheering. There is a large expo the day before at the First Tennessee Pavilion, and there's always great race swag for participants. There is still plenty of time to sign up and start training, don't delay! Click here for more info or to register!

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2. Rock/Creek River Gorge 10.2m Trail Race: March 24, 2018

If you've always wanted to try a trail race, the R/C River Gorge is a fantastic chance to dip your toes into the trail world. The course has beautiful scenery with challenging a single track course through Mullens Cove loop at Prentice Cooper State Forest. For more info or to register, click here!

3. 65 Roses 5k: March 24, 2018

In it's 16th year, the 65 Roses 5k has raised about $1 million for Cystic Fibrosis. This year they are having a special guest, Olympian marathon runner Meb Keflezghi! You can sign up for the VIP ticket and have a chance to meet him in person, and it's all for a great cause! For more info or to register, click here!

4. Chickamauga Chase 15k, 8M, Walk, Kiddie K: April 21, 2018

This year will be the 50th running of the Chickamauga Chase, solidifying it as a Chattanooga classic, and must-do race for locals! This event has something for everyone, and we mean EVERYONE. From a road 15k race to a 8m trail race to the Kiddie K, this race is perfect for the running family. Road runners, trail runners, walkers, and kids will all enjoy a beautiful day of racing at the Battlefield. Not to mention the awards for the top finishers are Civil War bayonets!  For more information or to register, click here!

5. Chattanooga Chase 8k and 1 mile: May 28, 2018

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 Photo by Varina Shaughnessy

Photo by Varina Shaughnessy

In its 51st running, this challenging and hilly road course shows no mercy until the fast, flowing, downhill finish. But let's be real, this race is all about the after party! In recent years, the Chattanooga Chase has been sponsored by local restaurants who have up'd the heigh of the post-race festivities, providing food and drinks to all participants and families. Join us for a fun race kicking off your Memorial Day. For more information or to register, click here!

6. Waterfront Triathlon: June 24, 2018

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Chattanooga is known for being a triathlon city with the Ironman 70.3, full Ironman, and in 2017, we hosted the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. If you've been inspired by all the men and women in space helmets on bikes, before you sign up for the full 140.6 miles, start with this competitive but friendly Chattanooga tri. The Waterfront Triathlon offers both sprint and olympic distances, perfect for a beginner triathlete, yet challenging enough for advanced racers. For more information or to register, click here!

7. Missionary Ridge 4.7 Mile Road Race: August 11, 2018

Another classic Chattanooga race in its 45th year running! This rolling course on top of the ridge has breathtaking scenery the entire route. In August, the weather is sure to be hot and humid, so stay hydrated, and challenge yourself to take on the ridge! For more info or to register, click here!

8. Cam Bean Memorial 5k and Kids race: August 25, 2018

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Photo by Emily Lester

In its 3rd year, the Cam Run 5k and 1mile is very dear to our hearts. Cameron Bean, a former Fast Break employee, 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. Click here for more information or to register! 

9. Battlefield Marathon, Half Marathon, Kids Run: November 10, 2018

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A race through history! This rolling course takes your through beautiful Civil War battlefields and around historical moments, memorials, and canons. It's a great race to go after that elusive Boston Qualifier! 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. For more info or to register click here!

10. Sports Barn Turkey Trot

There is no other Turkey Trot in Chattanooga like this one. For years, this race has brought out before the devouring, football and food coma's start. Burn the calories before you eat them! Proceeds go to the Kidney Foundation of Chattanooga. Click here for more info or to register! 

11. Wuahatchie Trail Race

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Photo by Kari Vradenberg

It's not just about how fast your are, but how old you are! Experience a different type of race with an age graded start. Each age group has a different start time that levels the playing field for a chance to win the Golden Antlers! The course is at  Reflection Riding Arboretum. Participant are encouraged to bring a white elephant gift for the prize table! For more info or to register, click here!

Honorable Mentions

There are SO MANY great races in Chattanooga that we've run out of room! These honorable mentions are more that the Fast Break crew loves and runs. Click on each one for more info or to register.

Good luck with your fitness goals this year! 

Must-Do November Events and Races in Chattanooga!

We hope to see you at these upcoming events, races, and group runs! 

Fast Break 40 Years Celebration

November 3, 2017 - 7PM - Fast Break Athletics 19 Cherokee Blvd
Fast Break is celebrating 40 years! Join us for food, live music, drinks, and a good time! For more information check out the event page on Facebook.

Battlefield Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k

November 11, 2017
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. Click here to register or for more info!

Sportsbarn Turkey Trot

Thursday, November 23, 2017
Sportsbarn East • 6148 Lee Hwy Chattanooga, TN  37421

Chattanooga's classic Turkey Trot! This is always a MUST-DO RACE on Thanksgiving day! This is a dog and kid friendly event, there is something for the whole family, and thats what Thanksgiving is all about, right?! To register and for more info, click here!

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image from http://gratefulgobblerwalk.org/

Grateful Gobbler

Thursday, November 23, 2017 - Coolidge Park
Walk for an awesome cause on Thanksgiving day with your family! 100% of the proceeds of the walk will go towards the Maclellan Shelter for Families. This is an emergency homeless shelter for families. For more info about the walk and to register, click here!

Fast Break Group Runs

As always, we have our weekly group runs! These are for everyone, all levels and abilities. Come run with us! For more info check out our website! 
Track Workout - Mondays 6:30pm
Road/Trail - Tuesdays 6:00pm
Long Run - Sundays 7:00am

Top 10 Chattanooga Races You Must Do in 2017

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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.

Click Here for more info or to register!

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.

Click Here for more info or to register!

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!

 Click here for more info or to register!

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.

Click here for more info or to register!

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! 

Click here for more info or to register!

6. Cameron Bean Memorial 5k and Magnum Mile

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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.

Click here for more information or to register! 

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.

Click here for more info or to register!

8. Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon

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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.

Click here for more info or to register!

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. 

Click Here for more info or to register!

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.

Click here for more info or to register!

Honorable Mentions:

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.