This is a Chattanooga Track Club sponsored road race. Both 5K and 10K courses are certified. The course features beautiful views of the Tennessee River Gorge, Lookout Valley, & Lookout Mountain. Post race refreshments include Panera bagels, fruit, Powerade & water. There will also be running-related door prizes distributed during the awards ceremony.
For 5K and 10K, there is a climb near end of mile 1 (60 ft elevation gain in 0.40 miles) and corresponding downhill in the last mile. Mile 2 of the 5K is flat (on dam). For the 10K, there are two additional hills. The first is from the end of the dam gradually up to the 2 mile mark (100 foot rise over 0.5 miles). The second, beginning at 3.2 mile mark, is 170 feet uphill over 0.55 miles and is one of the better known hills around Chattanooga. See Map My Run for specifics on both races.
Maps and Elevation Details
5k: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/263019697 10k: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/263011841
Directions: Only 11 miles from downtown Chattanooga. From Chattanooga, take I-24 westbound toward Nashville, to exit 175. Turn right onto Brown's Ferry Road. (If you pass McDonald's, you are going the wrong directon.) Drive 0.9 miles and turn left at Brown's Ferry Market onto Elder Mountain Road. Follow Elder Mtn Road 1.8 miles up the mountain, and turn left at the Raccoon Mtn entrance. Follow signs to Laurel Point. Alternate Route: Enter TVA Raccoon Mountain main entrance from Highway 41 (Cummings Hwy), 1 mile west of Hamilton County line. Follow signs approximately 8 miles to Laurel Point at top of Raccoon Mountain.