Chickamauga Chase History
This will be the forty-fifth 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 Chattanooga's oldest continuously run road race, and the signature event 15K is one of America's oldest races at that distance.
Establishment of the National Military Park
2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the historical battle that 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
The Chickamauga Chase is the kickoff for the Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the Battles for Chickamauga & Chattanooga. The Chickamauga Chase is offering its participants an opportunity to help show their support for this historic venue by presenting the Sesquicentenial Entrant. One hundred percent of the $150 entry fee will be donated to the Friends of the Park.
Benefits of Sesquicentennial Entrant
The Chickamauga Chase will provide each Sesquicentennial Entrant a free entry to the event of their choice, two t-shirts (cotton or tech), an embroidered Chase cap (tech or ball cap), membership in the Friends of the Park, membership in the Chattanooga Track Club for 2013 and a guided tour of the battlefield by National Park Service ranger and historian, Jack Odgen, during Chase weekend. However, the key benefit is knowing that your donation is economically aiding one of our national treasures.
15K, 5K, Trail Race - $25 by April 4, $30 April 5-19, $35 Race Day. Price includes cotton t-shirt. Add $5 for unisex or ladies technical shirt (adult sizes only). Scenic Walk - $15 by April 4, $18 April 5-19, $20 Race Day. Price includes cotton t-shirt. Add $5 for technical shirt. Kiddie K - $10 by April 4, $13 April 5-19, $15 Race Day. Price includes cotton t-shirt. Technical shirt not available in youth sizes. Wee-One (Scenic Walk, Infant in Stroller) - $5 includes wee-one cotton t-shirt.
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. Within this limit is a restriction of 400 participants in the new Trail Race. These limits will be strictly enforced.
Final 100 Participants
When 1900 participants have registered for any Chickamauga Chase event, registration will become available for Sesquicentennial Entrants only for the remaining 100 slots.
Chase Merchandise Available
Additional Chickamauga Chase adult 100% cotton t-shirts - $10 each (while supplies last). Chickamauga Chase adult unisex or ladies cut technical shirts $15 each (while supplies last). Chickamauga Chase, adjustable-closure, embroidered ballcaps - $15 each. Chickamauga Chase performance runners caps - $20 each.
Current Chattanooga Track Club (2013 dues paid) members get a $3 discount off the Chickamauga Chase 15K or 5K entry fee.
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 (Main Event), 5K and Trail Race
The timed 15K (9.3-Mile) Main Event, 5K (3.1-Mile), and Trail Race (Exact distance TBD - Approx. 8 miles) Races are competitive events with age/gender categories and awards. The 15K and 5K race courses are certified. The Trail Race will be certified. Participants must let officials know before the race if they decide to change events. Strollers and baby joggers are not allowed in these events.
The 15K is a loop course through the Chickamauga & Chattanooga Military Park where monuments and cannons from the civil war can be seen as participants run this moderately rolling course.
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 on about a mile of the first part of the course.
New for 2013, the Chickamauga Chase Trail Run. ThePark has an extensive network of beautiful trails, so come run on or off road. In conjunction with Wild Trails, the Chase will offer a challenging, certified run of approximately 8 miles. The exact course is being certified. Full details will be posted soon to our website. The Trail Race is limited to 400 participants by National Park Service permit.
The Scenic Walk (approximately 2.4 miles) is non-competitive. Strollers and baby joggers are encouraged in this event. The baby/child in the stroller must be registered to participate, however the fee is only $5 which does include a wee-ones t-shirt.
The Kiddie K, approximately 1 kilometer (.6 mile), is a non-competitive run/walk for children age 9 and under only.
15K & 5K Overall Awards
Unique Battlefield-theme awards have become a favorite for Chickamauga Chase participants. Male and Female Overall, Masters (40+), Grand Masters (50+) and NEW SENIOR GRAND MASTERS (60+), the Jack McFarland Award for the 15K, will be presented special custom-made 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 the start and 15K must be completed 2 hrs. 15 min after the start to be timed, scored and eligible for an award.
Trail Race Awards
Awards will be presented for the Trail Race as follows: 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.
Friday Registration/Packet Pickup
Registration & Packet Pickup Friday, April 19 is from 11:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River Street, Chattanooga, TN 37405, 423-643-6888 (in Coolidge Park). Credit cards will not be taken, 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 registration area from 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. The park has limited registrations to 2000 total in all events, therefore 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) so come early if you plan to register on race day. Credit cards will not be taken, 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 at Oakwood Baptist Church where buses will take you to and from the registration/start/finish area (approximately 4 miles away).
Parking in the recreation field is approximate 1/4 mile from the registration/start area. If alternate parking is used at Oakwood Baptist Church, due to muddy conditions in the recreation field, it will be about 4 miles from the registration/start area. Therefore a bag check area will be available so you do not have to return to your car.
Complete results from the 15K, 5K and Trail Race events 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.
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The closest lodging 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/Scoring for the 15K and 5K by the Chattanooga Track Club using the IPICO Sports Tag System. The Trail Run will be timed and scored by Wild Trails.
15K course closes 2 hours 15 minutes after gun start. 5K course closes 45 minutes after 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.
Additional Race Information
Course DescriptionThe 15K, 5K, Scenic Walk and Kiddie K courses are paved and free from most vehicular traffic, taking runners and walkers past many of the park's historic sites, monuments and battle markers. The 15K and 5K are certified. The 15K is mostly flat with some rolling hills. The 5K is mostly flat. The Trail Run is approximately 7 miles off road, winding through the historic national park. T-Shirts, Prizes, and RefreshmentsAll participants will receive a 100% cotton T-shirt unless they have opted for a technical shirt ($5 additional charge). Post race refreshments include muffins, bagels, fresh fruit, coffee, Powerade and Coca-Cola. There will also be drawings for some great prizes after the race. About the ParkOn the fields and hills that make up the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Union and Confederate armies clashed during the fall of 1863 in some of the fiercest fighting of the Civil War.