Overall Rating
Overall Rating (11 Reviews)
4.5
(11 Ratings)  (11 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.8
SCENERY
4.5
PRODUCTION
4.3
SWAG
4.3
The Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon is run through the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park in Northwest Georgia. The park honors one of the Civil War’s most important battles. The marathon, which starts and finishes at the 6th Cavalry museum located near the park’s visitor’s center, features two loops in the … MORE
Local Weather (Nov 13):
2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
 
H (°F) 46 75 48 48 57
L (°F) 39 66 19 41 42
Powered by Dark Sky
Find Nearby Lodging (hotel, rental, etc.):

Recent reviews

    titans1fan92 FIRST-TIMER '21

    Very historic race. You spend about 90% of the race running through the park. It’s basically two loops around the park. The first loop you will be with half marathoners … MORE

    Very historic race. You spend about 90% of the race running through the park. It’s basically two loops around the park. The first loop you will be with half marathoners and will have a good amount of people around you. The second loop really thins out. I had large amount of times especially in the more wooded areas were I’d not see anyone for a mile plus. There some spectators, but not many. It was very cool running through the park with no one on site for over a mile at time. Very well organized and put together race. It was decently hilly though. So parts of it are a challenge. However, weather should be good and not to hot. Would recommend.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    booski FIRST-TIMER '21

    Very well-organized race in a beautiful setting. I'm a history geek so this run was right up my alley. Loved the canon start and running through the park and seeing … MORE

    Very well-organized race in a beautiful setting. I’m a history geek so this run was right up my alley. Loved the canon start and running through the park and seeing monuments and canons throughout. Perfect running weather (mid 40s, sunny, not windy) this year. There are some hills but nothing scary – I think they helped keep my legs fresh because I finished strong and felt pretty good after the race. Smaller race of about 250-300 full marathoners, so it never felt crowded and gave opportunity for reflection when running through a place where men gave their lives 150+ years ago. Highly recommend this race!

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    honlde FIRST-TIMER '21

    Cannon start kicks off this historical half marathon. The leaves were just past prime but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the scenic woodsy course. The entire path is paved. … MORE

    Cannon start kicks off this historical half marathon. The leaves were just past prime but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the scenic woodsy course. The entire path is paved. I loved the monuments and memorials and mini tours. The miles ticked by quickly. Nice sized crowd/group of fellow runners. Enough for camaraderie without feeling bottlenecked. The banana puddin’ was a great post race touch for an upper Midwestern gal like myself.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4
    My Media

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    vltr.jonas FIRST-TIMER '21

    Great running through trails and woods. Pavement will keep you on your toes in places, and the cannon will catch you off guard at times which adds to the fun. … MORE

    Great running through trails and woods. Pavement will keep you on your toes in places, and the cannon will catch you off guard at times which adds to the fun. Friendly and upbeat volunteers.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    BelindaBernard FIRST-TIMER '19

    Beautiful place to run a marathon! The pacers were helpful as well . I chose to run without the pacing group and it became tough to maintain the pace . … MORE

    Beautiful place to run a marathon! The pacers were helpful as well . I chose to run without the pacing group and it became tough to maintain the pace . I wanted to qualify for Boston and I’m glad I chose this gentle rolling course . The organizers and volunteers were great!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    Doogster REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Most of the course is shaded by trees. No need for sunscreen. Two loops through the battlefield with reasonable crowd support. Beautiful and fairly flat. MORE

    Most of the course is shaded by trees. No need for sunscreen. Two loops through the battlefield with reasonable crowd support. Beautiful and fairly flat.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    Profile photo of Matt Callaway
    mcallaway FIRST-TIMER '18

    This is the exact opposite of a big city major marathon experience, and I absolutely loved it. I stayed in a nice downtown Chattanooga hotel at a very affordable rate, … MORE

    This is the exact opposite of a big city major marathon experience, and I absolutely loved it. I stayed in a nice downtown Chattanooga hotel at a very affordable rate, and in under 20 minutes was parked, incredibly, less than 150 yards from both the start and finish lines. No need for a bag check! 1,100 at the start self-corralled with no issues (~300 Marathoners and 800+ Half’ers). The weather in 2018 was perfect for me, blue skies and temps in the hi 30s at the start and pushing 50 toward mid-day…a just reward for training in the heat of a Georgia summer.

    Pros
    – Double loop course through the beautiful Chickamauga Military Park. Mainly flat with a few sections of rolling hills. I appreciated knowing what was coming the second time around as I had a goal time in mind.
    – Course is very fair, with nothing too challenging, but I prefer rolling hills to the monotony of flat pavement. All small 2-lane national park asphalt, open to traffic, but I can’t remember more than a handful of cars passing by during the entire 26.2.
    – Well supported with aid stations and enthusiastic volunteers. Water and Powerade every 2 miles plus occasional fruit/gels.
    – Quick and easy bib pick up in small expo environment. Pasta dinner available but I didn’t participate.
    – Family friendly start/finish area, 5k and kids run occur during Marathon, shuttle available for spectators to several viewing points throughout course
    Cons
    – Advertised as having eight pacing teams from 3:15 to 5:00. I looked everywhere for the 4:00 at the start and only saw the 4:15 pacer. He didn’t know where anyone else was. I never saw any other pacer the entire day.
    – The course crosses a railroad track (2x because 2 loops). I heard a train whistle at one point, and understand that some marathoners were blocked by a train for some period of time. If that had happened to me, I’d have been livid.

    Even still, I can’t wait to do this one again. If you don’t like running alone for periods of time, this probably isn’t for you. But if you like small community races that are produced just as well, if not better than major events, I highly recommend the Chickamauga Battlefield marathon. It’s 20 minutes from Chattanooga and ~2 hours from downtown Atlanta, so you could make a long weekend out of it really easily.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

    2 members marked this review helpful. Agree?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    cwline REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Pre race bugle plays National anthem then a cannon shoots. Mile markers and plenty of water/Powerade stations. A few inclines. Some portapots on course. Course is mostly on asphalt with … MORE

    Pre race bugle plays National anthem then a cannon shoots. Mile markers and plenty of water/Powerade stations. A few inclines. Some portapots on course. Course is mostly on asphalt with a few loose gravel and grassy spots. Some spectator signs and folks cheering. Long sleeve shirt and nice medal. Some hot food after race. Results posted quickly. It was cold and windy this year.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3
    My Media

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    cwline FIRST-TIMER '17

    Plenty of aid stations along the route. Mostly on asphalt through the battlefield memorial. Nice medal and technical long sleeve shirt. Also got choice of blanket or arm sleeves. Good … MORE

    Plenty of aid stations along the route. Mostly on asphalt through the battlefield memorial. Nice medal and technical long sleeve shirt. Also got choice of blanket or arm sleeves. Good refreshments after the race. Results posted quickly.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    Profile photo of Becca Holder
    run.lexington3 FIRST-TIMER '16

    Long steady hills; choppy uneven start and finish but otherwise nice running surface. They gave the Marathon finishers a really great thin fleece blanket-my fave gift this year!!!! MORE

    Long steady hills; choppy uneven start and finish but otherwise nice running surface. They gave the Marathon finishers a really great thin fleece blanket-my fave gift this year!!!!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

    1 member marked this review helpful. Agree?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    vtsmith REPEAT RUNNER '14

    Two 11+ mile loops inside Chickamauga Battlefield National Park plus and entrance and exit for 26.2 miles. Also a half marathon same day. Great paved running surface with lots of … MORE

    Two 11+ mile loops inside Chickamauga Battlefield National Park plus and entrance and exit for 26.2 miles. Also a half marathon same day. Great paved running surface with lots of deer standing around watching you pass by.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

  1. Races
  2. Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon & Half Marathon