Introducing the Chattanooga Marathon

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Best Town Ever 2015 winner is still striving to be great this year sponsoring the first ever Chattanooga Marathon. With around 65% of the 35,000 participants being local, Chattanoogans once again have shown how close the community really is.

The event weekend includes a full marathon (26.2 miles), a half marathon (13.1 miles), the team relay, where a team of two-to-four members take turns running the full marathon, a classic 150 5k (3.1 miles) and a kid’s fun run (1 mile). The full marathon will begin in front of the Aquarium (Broad and 3rd Streets), downtown to St. Elmo, back uptown along Riverfront Parkway and across Veterans Bridge. Then runners will travel up through scenic North Shore neighborhoods, across the Walnut Street Bridge and through UTC’s campus to the Southside once again, to finish at Finley Stadium.

“The Chattanooga Marathon is a great way for everyone in the community to get involved,” says Tim Morgan, president of Chattanooga Sports Committee. “The community has all the right tools in the shed to be successful. Chattanooga has the experts and the tech innovation to engage the local community. And so far, I’m seeing that all come together with this marathon.”

A detailed schedule of the event:

Friday March 4th:
1:00 pm-7:00 pm:
* Expo packet pickup/registration if available

Saturday March 5th:
7:00 am- 8:30 am
* Registration and packet pick-up for Classic 150 5k
9:00 am- 10:00 am
* Classic 150 5k from First Tennessee Pavilion (1-hour time limit)
9:00 am- 7:00 pm
* Expo packet pickup/registration if available
10:00 am
* Classic 150 5k awards
11:00 am
* Kids Race (1-mile Fun Run) from First Tennessee Pavilion

Sunday March 6th:
6:00 am- 7:00 am
* Emergency packet pickup at First Tennessee
6:00 am- 7:30 am
* Bag drop at Race Start
6:30 am- 7:30 am
* Bussing from Finish line to Race Start
6:30 am- 8:00 am
* Morning Clothes Drop at Race Start
8:00 am- 3:00 pm
* Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon Start at Broad & 3rd Street
9:00 am- 3:00 pm
* Post Race Party/Food/Awards
11:00 am
* Half Marathon Awards

Morgan says events like this would not be possible without corporate partners like Erlanger Health System and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee who add an extremely important value to the event. The CMPC thanks all partners for their commitment, support, and for helping maximize the experience for participants and spectators alike:

·TITLE: Erlanger Health System
·PRESENTING: BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
·ASSOCIATE GOLD: Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Classic 150, EPB, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Zaxby’s
·ASSOCIATE SILVER: Fast Break Athletics, Michelob Ultra
·ASSOCIATE BRONZE: Chambliss Attorneys At Law, Good Guy Movers, Kenco

For information on sponsorships, registration, routes, and volunteer opportunities, please visit www.chattanoogamarathon.com.

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