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.
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.
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.
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!
For all of you “Bling” people….here is the medal 🙂
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!
- 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!
- Nothing that I can think of……