Chickamauga Chase History: This will be the forty-eighth running of The Chickamauga Chase. It has been held since 1968 in the historic and beautiful Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. The Chickamauga Chase is the Chattanooga area's oldest continuously run road race, and the signature event 15K is one of America's oldest races at this distance.
Establishment of the National Military Park: 153 years ago, the historical battle took place in the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park where the Confederate victory gave new hope to the South. Soon Chattanooga fell setting the stage for the capture of Atlanta, Sherman's March to the Sea, and the resolution of the long war. The Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park became the first of America's great national military parks established to commemorate the heroism of both the North and South.
Event details and schedule
Saturday, April 16, 2016
All events begin at 8:30 a.m. EST
Registration begins at 7:00 a.m.
15K (Main Event), 8-Mile Trail Race, and 5K: The timed 15K (9.3-Mile) Main Event, 8-Mile Trail Race, and 5K (3.1-Mile) are competitive, certified events with age/gender categories and awards. Participants must let officials know before the race if they decide to change events. Strollers and baby joggers are not allowed in these events.
15K: The 15K is a loop course through the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park where monuments and cannons from the civil war can be seen as participants run this moderately rolling course.
8-Mile Trail Race: In conjunction with Wild Trails, the Chase will offer a challenging, certified run of 8 miles on some of the Park's extensive network of beautiful trails. The Trail Race is limited to 400 participants by National Park Service permit.
5K: The 5K is a very popular fast and mostly flat course. The race has a simultaneous start with the 15K, both races staying together for approximately 1.5 miles where the 5K turns off to the right then doubles back onto about a mile of the first part of the course.
Kiddie K: The Kiddie K, approximately 1 kilometer (.6 mile), is a non-competitive run/walk for children age 9 and under only.
Scenic Walk: The Scenic Walk (approximately 2.4 miles) is non-competitive. Strollers and baby joggers are encouraged in this event. The baby/toddler in the stroller must be registered to participate, however the fee is only $5 which does include a wee-ones t-shirt.
Shirts: All adult participants will receive custom Chickamauga Chase technical shirts. Youth and Wee-ones shirts will be custom cotton.
Entry Limits: To protect the park and for safety, the permit for the Chickamauga Chase, issued by the National Park Service, allows a total of 2000 participants in all events, with a limit of 400 in the Trail Race. These limits will be strictly enforced.
Entry Fees: 15K, Trail Race, 5K - $30 by March 26, $35 March 27-April 15, $40 Race Day. Scenic Walk - $20 by March 26, $23 March 27-April 15, $25 Race Day. Kiddie K - $12 by March 26, $13 March 27-April 15, $15 Race Day. Wee-One (Scenic Walk, Infant in Stroller) - $5. Prices include a technical adult shirt or cotton youth or Wee-One shirt.
Final 100 Participants: When 1900 participants have registered for any Chickamauga Chase event, registration will only be available to participants who donate a minimum of $100 to The Friends of the Park for the remaining 100 slots.
Chase Merchandise Available: Chickamauga Chase adult men's or women's technical shirts - $12 each (while supplies last). Chickamauga Chase, adjustable-closure, embroidered ballcaps - $15 each. Chickamauga Chase performance runners caps - $20 each.
Help the Friends of the Park: The Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park was established in 1896 as the first national military park to commemorate the events and sacrifices of one of the bloodiest and most strategic battles of the Civil War. Please help us to preserve the heritage of the Park by supporting the Friends of the Park with an additional donation to this not-for-profit organization. Proceeds from The Chickamauga Chase will benefit the Friends of the Park.
15K & 5K Overall Awards: Unique Battlefield-theme awards have become a favorite for Chickamauga Chase participants. Special custom-made awards will be presented to Male and Female Overall, Masters 40+, Grand Masters 50+ and Senior Grand Masters 60+ (the Jack McFarland Award for the 15K). Gun times will be used to determine overall awards.
15K & 5K Age Group Awards - Based on Chip Time: Framed and matted prints with display easels and hand-calligraphied event and year information will be presented to the top three male and female winners in the following age divisions: 14 & under (5K only), 15-19 (19 & under for 15K), 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & over. No duplication of awards. 5K must be completed 45 min. after gun start, 15K must be completed 2 hrs. 15 min after gun start to be timed, scored and eligible for an award.
Trail Race Awards - Based on Gun Time: Overall - Male and Female 1st, 2nd and 3rd and Age Groups - First Place Male and Female 19 & under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59 60 & over. Trail Race must be completed 2 hrs. after gun start to be timed, scored and eligible for an award.
Friday Registration/Packet Pickup: Registration & Packet Pickup Friday, April 15 is from 11:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River Street, Chattanooga, TN 37405, (in Coolidge Park). There will be a $3 fee to pay by credit card. Please bring cash or check.
Friday Registration/Packet Pickup Directions: From I-75 take I-24 west. Exit right #178 to Hwy 27 N, Downtown. (I-24 east exit right on #178 to Hwy 27 N, Downtown) Cross the Tennessee River, take the first exit, Manufacturer's Rd., turn right. Turn right on Cherokee Blvd. Cross Market St. where the street name changes to Frazier Ave. Turn right on Tremont St. Take the first right on River St. Outdoor Chattanooga is in the first building past the parking lot on the left. Mapquest directions may be incorrect.
Race Day Registration/Packet Pickup: Registration & packet pickup Race Day is at the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park from 7 - 8:15 a.m. The park has limited registrations to 2000. Registration will close if/when that number is reached. Reminder - you will have to walk 1/4 mile or take a bus to registration (depending on the parking area). Come early if you plan to register on race day. If you plan to pay with a credit card, there will be a $3 fee plus you may have to wait in a long line. Please bring cash or check.
Race Day Directions: From I-75, take Exit 350 west on GA Hwy 2A (Battlefield Parkway) for approximately 7 miles. Turn left (south) on Lafayette Rd. for approximately 1 mile and enter the park. Watch for CHASE signs to park.
Race Day Parking: Parking will be in the recreation field on Glenn-Viniard Road .4 mile from registration/start unless park rangers have determined the field too muddy for parking. In this case, signs will direct you to alternate parking where buses will take you to and from the registration/start/finish area.
Bag Check: A bag check area will be available near registration/start.
Results: Complete results from the 15K, 5K and Trail Race will be posted on our website, www.chickamaugachase.com, and the Chattanooga Track Club's website, www.chattanoogatrackclub.org. Results may also be published in the Sunday Chattanooga Times-Free Press and will be in the Chattanooga Track Club’s newsletter, Jogging Around.
Facebook: Like us on Facebook for Chickamauga Chase updates at www.facebook.com/ChickamaugaChase
Lodging: The closest lodging to the start of the Chase is at the Super 8 Motel in Ft. Oglethorpe, GA. The motel is located approximately 1 1/2 miles north of the park entrance at 2044 Lafayette Rd. A special rate is available by calling 706-861-1744 and referencing the Chickamauga Chase.
Timing: Timing/Scoring for the 15K, Trail Race, and 5K races will be by the Chattanooga Track Club using the IPICO big tags.
Other Information: The 15K course closes 2 hours 15 minutes after the gun start. The 5K course closes 45 minutes after the gun start. The Trail Race closes 2 hours after the gun start. Anyone on the course after the official closing time may continue at their own risk and may not receive an official time and will not be eligible for an award. Entry fees are non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be deferred to another year.