Overall Rating
Overall Rating (4 Reviews)
2.8
(4 Ratings)(4 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4
SCENERY
3.8
PRODUCTION
2.8
SWAG
3
The Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, will highlight the unique qualities that define our community as the best outdoor destination! From the Tennessee River, to the base of Lookout Mountain, through our distinct Downtown, you will experience an innovative course unique to Chattanooga! The Chattanooga Marathon … MORE
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    mjmont REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This was my second time running this race. They changed to add some bridges, which in turn added more hills to a rather rolling course. I always enjoy the production … MORE

    This was my second time running this race. They changed to add some bridges, which in turn added more hills to a rather rolling course. I always enjoy the production though. They do a good job of promotion and getting lots of people involved. It’s a two-loop course which is tough for marathoners doing the elevation twice. Nonetheless, I still think it’s the best race in the city! Great swag and city involvement. The course goes through some of the best parts of the city.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    RunnerMeg FIRST-TIMER '16

    I'm a nice person and don't like to write bad reviews, but... Chattanooga held their inaugural marathon this month. It's a cool town, good restaurants, and probably will be a … MORE

    I’m a nice person and don’t like to write bad reviews, but…

    Chattanooga held their inaugural marathon this month. It’s a cool town, good restaurants, and probably will be a great event down the road, so this review is only for this first race.

    The course itself is fine. Not beautiful and scenic, but interesting and varied enough to be good. It’s quite hilly, has some nice river views and bridge crossings, goes through some industrial areas and some residential ones, so again, quite varied. The expo was okay but the downside was it’s at the start of the 5k and fun run the day before the marathon, so if you drive it’s tricky to get to it first thing in the morning. The t-shirt was meh, smaller fit than normal but nice, soft material.

    The race start went off without a hitch, and the first three miles or so (maybe more) were spot on, according to my GPS. Then things fell apart. Somewhere in there they had a cone set up for a turnaround but it was about a tenth of a mile too soon, meaning that the course was technically about a quarter mile or so short of an actual marathon. THIS is the major fail. It’s your inaugural event, THE most important thing you can do is make sure that your Boston-qualifying certified course is correct, and yet they didn’t do that.

    For most people this probably doesn’t bother them and they don’t care; I think Boston will adjust your times and other clubs make exceptions when the race screws something up. For someone trying to run a marathon in all 50 states, however, it’s a very expensive mistake that means we have to redo a state if we want a certified finish at the end of all 50. So, their .20 mile short race cost me a lot of money and time and wear and tear on my body. And there was no official acknowledgment for days after this happened, even when local news was picking it up as a major SNAFU. So, sure, this race might be dandy next year or the year after, but for me, it was a waste of time and even if they gave me free entry I wouldn’t go back.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    1
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    2

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    runmichigan FIRST-TIMER '16

    Tough challenging course. No real expo. Plain technical shirt. Course was mismarked at about mile 5.5 and was about 1/4 mile short. Race director did not notify marathoners for almost MORE

    Tough challenging course. No real expo. Plain technical shirt. Course was mismarked at about mile 5.5 and was about 1/4 mile short. Race director did not notify marathoners for almost one week.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    1
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    2

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    Atlanta15 FIRST-TIMER '16

    Overall well organized. This inaugural race was sold out but I never felt crowded once I crossed the start line. I did not catch the name of the woman who … MORE

    Overall well organized. This inaugural race was sold out but I never felt crowded once I crossed the start line. I did not catch the name of the woman who performed the national anthem but WOW!! Best accapella performance ever! The course begins flat and the first real uphill is in front of the aquarium. A long climbing hill. You have a few rollers until you arrive at about mile 6 where the hills rise up (few choice words were uttered from those around me) and keep going until around 10.5 where you start your quick decent and continue on flats to the finish. The full and half distances split at mile 2, again around mile 9 and are well marked. The course scenery is OK as you will run through some industrial areas with no one around and over several railroad tracks but the old neighborhoods are beautiful. Official support – packet pick up, volunteers, water stops were great. They had coke, oranges and some had candy on the course for runners. Neighborhoods came out to support and cheer. The medal is nice – large and simple. I was hoping it would have the colors of the logo which by the way was clever – if you were running the full the top color – green -was your shirt color, directional marker and ribbon color, blue for the half and orange for the relay teams. Post race – You are given a voucher on your bib for your choice of lunch from one of several vendors. I had the burger from Events with Taste and was impressed. I would do this race again.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    4
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