Sunday, March 8, 2020 • Chattanooga, TN • Course Map
Set for its fifth annual running through the streets of the “Scenic City,” the Erlanger Health System Chattanooga Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay and Classic 150 5K features a series of running events spread out over all three days of the first weekend in March, culminating with the 13.1-mile and 26.2-mile events on Sunday.
Runners will start the half and full marathons – which are sponsored by Erlanger Health System – at the First Tennessee Pavilion in downtown Chattanooga, just steps from Finely Stadium, home of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (UTC) football team. From there, the course weaves its way toward the riverfront and Riverfront Parkway.
Along this stretch, runners can expect to climb and descend a few hills as they make their way north toward the riverwalk and Ross’s Landing Park, where you’ll pass by the gorgeous, stark glass structures that make up the aquarium, which is home to some 12,000 animals, from sea, river, lake and land.
The course continues northward, crossing both Veterans Bridge and Walnut Street Bridge, the UTC campus, and around the Chattanooga National Cemetery — the final resting place for U.S. veterans who have served our country — before heading back to Finley Stadium and crossing the finish line.
Where are the biggest hills?
The biggest hills of the race are next, as runners hit the midpoint of the race along the Riverfront Parkway and head into the campus of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, mostly along 5th Street, Fortwood Place and Vine Street.
After that, the course flattens out (though there are still a few hills in the early going of the second half of the race). Runners will next pass by the Chattanooga National Cemetery, whose history dates back to 1863, when it was established as a burial ground for Civil War soldiers. Today, it is the final resting place for some 50,000 souls.
Most of the remainder of the race unfolds along Main Street with only a few hills and a few turns off of Main, before heading into the home stretch and the finish line at Finley Stadium, the home of the UTC football team.
Photos courtesy Chattanooga Marathon
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the Cumberland Plateau of southern Tennessee, roughly a 2 1/2-hour drive north from Atlanta and about 3 1/2 hours south from Nashville, Chattanooga typically sees still quite cool temperatures in March, with plentiful wet weather and an average of over an inch of snow.
On race day (March 8), the average low is 37ºF and the average high is 59ºF.
- 2019 Chattanooga Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Chattanooga Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Chattanooga Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Chattanooga Half Marathon Results
Start/Finish Line Location Map
- $70 and up for the half marathon
- $85 and up for the full marathon
- $30 and up for the 5K
- $180 and up for the marathon relay
To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of the Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay or Classic 150 5K race, register online at GetMeRegistered.com here.
Official Race Website
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