faq

Frequently Asked Questions

What Do I Get For My Entry Fee?

For starters, you get to come race in this amazing city we love called Chattanooga! You will receive a race bag stuffed with goodies from our partners and sponsors. At packet pick-up you will receive a race t-shirt (short sleeved). Once you cross that magical finish line you will receive an awesome finishers medal. We will have fully stocked aid stations every other mile. Just a few short steps away from the finish line is our Post Race Party with all the food and beer you desire. We will even have some post race massage for your enjoyment!

Is This Race A Boston Qualifier?

Yes, the 2017 Chattanooga Marathon is a certified course, therefore, a Boston Marathon qualifier.

The Marathon USATF Certificate number is TN16008BW

The Half Marathon USATF Certificate number is TN16009BW

Are There Participant Limits?

There sure are! To ensure a great event for everyone signed up, we will limit the number of folks in each event.

Does The Marathon Have Pace Groups?

Yes. As a runner amenity we will have the MarathonPacing.com Pacers pacing both the Full and Half Marathons.  You can review the lineup and determine the most appropriate pace group for you.  Pacers will be able to meet with you at the Expo. 

Do The Races Have Corrals?

There will be corrals in the starting chute. Please help each other out by seeding yourself accordingly.

How Do I Register For The Races?

Visit our online registration. Online registration closes on March 1st, 2018. If space is still available we will offer registration at the Expo on Friday and Saturday.  Absolutely no RACE DAY registration for the marathon, marathon relay or half marathon. 

How Much Does The Race Cost?

Marathon

Through September 30, 2017 - $85

Through March 1, 2018 - $95

Expo Race Registration - $115

 

Half Marathon

Through September 30, 2017 - $65

Through March 1, 2018 - $75

Expo Race Registration - $95

 

Marathon Relay

Through September 30, 2017 - $160

Through March 1, 2018 - $180

Expo Race Registration - $220

 

Classic 150 5K Run

Through September 30, 2017 - $25

Through March 1, 2018 - $30

Expo Race Registration - $40

 

Kids 1 Mile Run

Anytime - $15                                                                                                       

 

How Do I Know For Sure If I Am Registered?

Go to getmeregistered.com and click the “confirm entry” button at the top of the page.

Will I Receive A Confirmation Email?

Yes. Our online registration host, getmeregistered.com, will email you a confirmation after you register. If you don’t see it in your inbox, please check your spam or better yet add to your email address book before you register.

How Close Is The Host Hotel From The Start/Finish?

The majority of our hotels are within a mile of the Expo, Start/Finish line and the Post Race Party. Click on our travel page for additional information.

How Far Is The (Host Hotel) From The Chattanooga Airport (CHA)?

It's about 10 miles away - a short 15 minute or so drive.

What Is The Expo?

The Health, Fitness, and Technology Expo and Packet Pickup is held on Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3, 2018. This is where you’ll come to pick up your race packet, peruse the vendors, purchase Chattanooga Marathon merchandise and in general have a good time while hanging out with other runners. You must pick up your race packet at the Expo. Your race packet contains your race bib and timing device which you must have to run!!

Where Is The Expo And What Are The Hours?

The Expo will be held at First Tennessee Pavilion located at 1826 Reggie White Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37408. The hours are Friday, March 2 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm, Saturday, March 3 from 9:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, March 4 from 9:00am to 2:00pm. 

How Do I Get My Race Packet?

Race packets will not be mailed. You must come to the Expo in order to get your race packet and you will need to present your confirmation email. The race packet will have your race number and timing device and you will not be allowed on the course Sunday morning without these your race bib.

Can I Pick My Race Packet Up On Race Morning, Sunday The 4th?

Yes, but we do not recommend this for the marathon, marathon relay, and half marathon!  There will be an emergency race day packet pickup on Sunday from 6:00 am to 7:00 am at the First Tennessee Pavilion.  NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION!

Can Someone Else Pick Up My Packet For Me?

Yes - we don’t have a problem with that, but you must present a copy of a photo Id of that person along with their confirmation email. And make sure everyone is wearing the correct timing chip if you are picking up multiple packets. Don’t get the packets mixed up.

What Is In My Race Packet?

Your race bib, timing device and bag check tag attached to your race bib and final instructions along with other goodies from vendors and businesses will be in your race bag. You MUST have your race bib and timing device in order to run the race.

What Happens If I Lose My Timing Device?

All participants will be issued timing devices that will be distributed during packet pickup. You will need to contact the timer and give them your approximate finishing time and they will be able to cross reference their manual timing.

Where Can We Park For The Races?

Try this website – chattanoogaparking.org - for a map of all parking decks and lots available in downtown Chattanooga. There is plenty of parking at the stadium and some street parking around the facilities just make sure that you don’t park on the course on Saturday or Sunday.

We've also put together this map that shows the parking facilities around Finley Stadium.  Take a look to help you navigate which parking lot around Finley Stadium is best for you.

 


Where Does The Race Start And Finish?

The Classic 150 5K and Kid's Fun Run: These races start and finish right in front of the First Tennessee Pavilion (1826 Reggie White Blvd, Chattanooga TN 37408).

Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon: These races start on Broad Street in front of High Point Climbing (219 Broad Street, Chattanooga TN 37402) and finish right in front of the First Tennessee Pavilion (1826 Reggie White Blvd, Chattanooga TN 37408).

Can I Register On Race Day?

Marathon/Half Marathon: NO! Absolutely no race day registration.

5K and Kid's Fun Run: Yes, if space is still available!  See schedule for times.

Can I Switch From The Marathon To The Half Marathon Or From The Half Marathon To The Marathon?

Yes. Send us an email and we will help you out.

Do You Take Credit Cards For Registration At The Expo?

Yes. We take Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. We will also accept checks and cash.

What Are The Event Start Times?

Saturday:

The Classic 150 5K - 9:00 am

Chattanooga Kid's Fun Run - 11:00 am

Sunday:

Chattanooga Marathon - 8:00 am

Chattanooga Half Marathon - 8:00 am

Chattanooga Marathon Relay - 8:00 am

What Sports Drinks And Gels Will Be Available On The Course?

We will be serving water and Powerade at all aid stations and Gu (Tri Berry with caffeine and Strawberry Banana without caffeine) at select aid stations.

Is There A Pasta Dinner?

There is not.

How Do I Get A Refund If I Cannot Attend?

Due to the upfront nature of event costs, we have a uniform policy of no refunds, transfers or deferrals to a future year. We know that plans change and unexpected things come up, but we feel it is most fair to apply a uniform policy to all, instead of an arbitrary line of who merits a refund and who doesn't. Thank you for understanding.

What Is NOT Allowed On The Course?

Baby joggers, in-line skates, bicycles, unauthorized vehicles and unregistered runners are prohibited on the course. No pets or smoking on the course PLEASE! Any participant breaking one of these rules will be removed from the course, disqualified and will not receive finisher’s amenities. These rules are mandated by our insurance policy and board of directors and are for your safety and the safety of the thousands of other runners on the course.

Is There A "Bag Check" Available?

Bag check is available for all participants who want to leave their clothing or other items in a secure, checked area during the race. Bag check is located in the First Tennessee Pavilion and at the start on Broad Street. You will see volunteers ready to help you. All items must be contained in a CLEAR PLASTIC BAG. We will provide those if you don't have one. We will transport your checked bags from the start to the finish for you. All bags must be claimed by 3pm at the finish line.

What If I Lose Something At The Race?

Shoot us an email and we will try and reunite you with your items. Items that are discarded along the race route will NOT be returned to the Lost and Found. They will be donated to local charities.

Why Haven’t I Received A Confirmation Email?

In most cases the culprit is your spam filter that blocks our emails, you can go to getmeregistered.com and click on the "confirm registration" tab at the top to confirm.

What Does My Registration Fee Go To?

Registration fees help cover the cost of the event expenses. Race proceeds go to the Chattanooga Sports Committee (a division of the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau).

What Will The Weather Be Like On Race Day? What If It Is Raining Or Snowing?

We are not meteorologist! These are just averages compiled by folks much smarter than us.

Normal High: 60
Normal Low: 38
Normal Average: 52

The race will take place if it is raining. The race will only be cancelled/delayed if weather conditions pose imminent danger to our participants.

What Time Should I Arrive On Race Morning?

We recommend arriving at the finish area at First Tennessee Pavilion no later than 7:00 a.m. Remember, we have to bus you to the start on Broad Street a mile or so up the road. You do not have to go to the finish, you can go straight to the start area if you wish.

Is There A Time Limit? Why?

The marathon time limit is 6 hours. This is to ensure the safety of our runners and because the Chattanooga Police will only close the roads for the course for a certain number of hours. 

Walkers are welcome to participate as long as they stay within the six hour time limit.  So as long as you can keep a 13.7 minute mile pace or better, you are welcome to walk.

Where Will The Water Stations, Medical Aid Stations And Portalets Be Located On The Course?

Yes, located approximately every 2 miles. Please see our course map located on our web site for all of these locations.

Is Chip Time Or Gun Time Used To Determine Awards?

Chip time is used to determine age group awards.

What Are The Age Groups For Awards?

Marathon and Half Marathon: Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each of the following age divisions: 12-14 (half marathon only), 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, and 75 and over.  All finishers will receive a finishers medal.

Marathon Relay: Awards will be given to the top 5 teams.  All finishers (each member) will receive a finishers medal.

5K: Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each of the following age divisions; 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over.  All finishers will receive a finishers medal.

Kids Fun Run: Everyone will receive a finishers medal but we will not have awards for this event. 

Will There Be An Awards Ceremony?

The awards ceremony for the 5K will take place on Saturday, March 3rd at approximately 10:00 am.  There is not an awards ceremony for the Kid's Fun Run.

The awards ceremony for the half marathon will take place on Sunday, March 4th between 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. at the Post Race Party. The awards ceremony for the full marathon and marathon relay will take place on Sunday, March 4th between 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. at the Post Race Party. We do not mail out awards after the race. Please make travel plans accordingly.

What Are The Best Places To Watch The Race?

Check out our spectator guide for a list of all the neighborhoods and attractions the race passes through.  The guide includes parking lots, suggestions on how to get around the course and some great local restaurants to stop at for a bite to eat! 

Are training programs offered?

Yes.  We have some great training calendars and group runs that take place locally put on by the Chattanooga Track Club.  For more information visit the resources section of our Race Weekend tab or click below. 

http://www.chattanoogamarathon.com/race-weekend/


Are walkers allowed for the marathon and half marathon?

We have a six hour time limit so as long as you can keep a 13.7 minute mile pace or better, you are welcome to walk. 

What are the segments for the marathon relay?

Each segment is approximately 6.5 miles in length. The first segment will be the start through downtown on Broad and Market and then down through St Elmo before the hand-off at mile 6.5.

The second segment will run from St Elmo back up Broad and the new Riverwalk section, around Riverfront Parkway, across Veterans Bridge and up to GPS School at mile 13.

The third runner will run up and over Barton Ave and then around Riverview, up Young and across the Walnut Street Bridge before winding through the UTC Campus to the hand-off at mile 19.5.

The final runner will run past the National Cemetery and through the neighborhoods of Highland Park, Ferger Place, and Jefferson Heights. After running down Main Street they will bring it home in front of the First Tennessee Pavilion.

Find more information on our Relay Info Sheet, and our resources page for other race day specifics.