Chattanooga Half Marathon

I’ve been wanting to participate in this event ever since it came into existence, which was last year.  Luckily timing worked out perfectly this year, so I was super stoked about getting to run in it.  However I knew it was going to be a tough race to swallow because I am currently attempting to Heart Rate Zone train and coach said to run this in Zone 2 the entire time…..which is sooooo slow…..So, needless to say it was my slowest half marathon ever and I am trying to be ok with that. 🙂

So about the race……Friday night they have a “Start the weekend off right” with a party and live music!  Saturday they have a 5K and kids race.  Then Sunday is when the half marathon and marathon take place.  Basically it’s a weekend family event, which is totally cool for people coming to town for this race.

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Start of the 5K Race

The 5K race is a very fast and flat race, so I have heard.  The marathon, half marathon is a point to point race with some good flats/downhills and some pretty good uphills!  You park at the finish line and they shuttle you to the start.

I love the start location of the main event, at the corner of Board and Aquarium Way.

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They had the presentation of colors and the Star Spangled Banner was played on an electric guitar by Sugarland’s Thad Beaty, which was pretty cool.

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I love the first 1.5 miles is right downtown, so you know it’s flat!  After you make a turn on 20th street you end up running by the river for a while and then up onto Amnicola Hwy for a bit, then you start towards the UTC campus.  People, this is not an easy course, but it is not the hardest either…. There are a couple of tough hills, especially one dubbed “cardiac hill” which is around the UTC campus.  I saw a couple of people walking up that hill backwards!

Like I said, this was going to be a very slow run for me so it was all uneventful.  I really did love this course, I loved how it took you through Chattanooga’s history.  Running through the UTC campus, by the National Cemetery, through Chattanooga’s first subdivision, then Southside.  I cannot wait to do this again next year!

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For all of you “Bling” people….here is the medal 🙂

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Oh and a total surprise, was Dave Ragsdale was the announcer.  For those of you that do Ironman, he is one of their finish line announcers!

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Dave Ragsdale

The Pros:

  • Great Expo
  • FREE RACE PICTURES!!!  (Even though you have logos on them, that’s pretty rad!)
  • The course
  • The medal (river/bldg in a running shoe shape)
  • The announcer!!
  • Meal tickets, so you can choose which Food Truck you want to eat from!

The Cons:

  • Nothing that I can think of……
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Start line before we dropped some jackets/long sleeves at bag drop.

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