Tennessee > Seven Bridges Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K
Chattanooga, TN • Sunday, October 20, 2013 • Course Map
The wide, flowing waters of the Tennessee River will be runners' constant companion for most of the race course at the Seven Bridges Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K and 1K Fun Run, which makes its 3rd annual running along the streets of Chattanooga in 2013, nestled among the hills of the Cumberland Plateau and the Appalachian Mountains of southern Tennessee.
Runners in the half marathon will cross four of the race's six bridges, along a point-to-point course that starts in Renaissance Park across the river from downtown Chattanooga and finishes in Coolidge Park, which lies adjacent to Renaissance Park along River Street. From there, runners start the race with a bridge crossing in the early going, making their way across the John Ross Bridge over into the city's downtown entertainment district right after leaving the starting line.
The trek across the bridge is followed by a pair of right turns -- on 2nd Street and then on Chestnut Street -- that lead runners to Riverfront Parkway, passing by the world-famous Tennessee Aquarium along the way as well as AT&T Field, the home of minor league baseball's Chattanooga Lookouts, a double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Next, they make their way along Riverfront Parkway as it winds along Ross's Landing, where runners will be able to see the riverboat tours and private boats sailing along the river.
The next few miles take runners along an out-and-back stretch along the city's west side, all the way down to the turnaround point just past Finley Stadium, the home of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga football team.
This section gets fairly industrial, but once runners make the turn and then head back along Riverfront Parkway toward the river, the city and parkland scenery returns in time for the second bridge crossing, this time across the Olgiati Bridge as runners make their way past the mile 6 marker.
Once they make their way across the Olgiati Bridge, runners make an immediate right turn and head toward Renaissance Park where they started the race. The course turns off Manufacturers Road and brings runners through the park, and through Coolidge Park along the banks of the river and past the Chattanooga Theatre Center, a community theater whose history dates all the way back to the 1920s.
The tour through the arts district here is then followed by a third bridge, this time crossing the Tennessee over Veterans Bridge. Runners will be well into the second half of the 13.1-mile route by the time they make it back into downtown, which this time will take them right past the Hunter Museum of Art.
That's followed by a nearly two-mile-long stretch along Riverfront Parkway that leads to the park along the riverfront, and then a stretch along the paved running, walking and biking trails along the river. The final bridge runners cross is the Walnut Bridge, which leads back over to the finish line at the carousel in Coolidge Park.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in central southern Tennessee, just over 130 miles southeast of Nashville and about 110 miles southwest of Knoxville, Chattanooga typically sees October temperatures that average between 49°F and 72°F, while rainfall totals average just under 3.3 inches for the month, making October the city's driest month of the year.
On the day of the race (Oct. 20), the average low is 47°F and the average high is 71°F.
View the race route map for the Seven Bridges Half Marathon
969 finishers in the half marathon
490 finishers in the 5K
402 finishers in the full marathon
$65 for the half marathon, if registered before January 1, 2013
$75 after Jan. 1
To reserve your spot in the early fall 2013 running of Chattanooga's Seven Bridges Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at the event website.
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