Scenic City Half Marathon, 5K & Charity Challenge

Saturday, February 28, 2015 • Chattanooga, TN • Course Map


Note: The 2016 event is cancelled due to the Chattanooga Marathon taking place on March 6.

The last weeks of winter in late February 2015 will bring the 8th annual running of the Scenic City Half Marathon & 5K in Chattanooga, a mountain city of roughly 200,000 people set in Tennessee’s Appalachian foothills, and home to the famed Lookout Mountain, Ruby Falls and Rock City (“See Rock City”) tourist attractions.

Starting from downtown’s Finley Stadium, the home field of the University of Tennesee at Chattanooga’s football team, the race takes runners through Chattanooga’s scenic downtown districts and neighborhoods, along a fast and mostly flat course made up entirely of paved city streets.

Throughout the three hours allotted for the race, runners will get to see many of the “Scenic City’s” most noteworthy sights, including the Tennessee Aquarium, the Incline Railway, the Market Street Bridge, Bessie Smith Hall and Chattanooga’s National Cemetery, a Civil War cemetery where more than 12,000 Union soldiers were buried following the Battle of Chattanooga in 1863.

The most significant inclines or hills of the race occur in the first few miles as the course takes runners across the river and back via the Market Street and Veterans Bridges, including a run past Coolidge Park.

The 13.1-mile race also includes a four-mile stretch along the Tennessee Riverwalk and a brief turn through the city’s North Shore district, before heading back through town toward the finish line at Finley Stadium.

At the race’s 2014 running, more than 1,200 runners and wheelchair competitors crossed the finish line in both the half marathon and 5K races combined, including more than 890 finishers in the half marathon alone.

View of downtown Chattanooga and the Tennessee River from nearby Lookout Mountain. (Photo by Jeff Gunn/flickr)

View of downtown Chattanooga and the Tennessee River from nearby Lookout Mountain. (Photo by Jeff Gunn/flickr)

Race Weather & Climate

Late February can still be very cool to cold in the Chattanooga area, nestled in the central southern part of the state just over the border with Georgia. Average February temperatures range between 55°F and 34°F, while rainfall is always a possibility, as the city averages just over 5 inches of precipitation for the month.

On the day of the race (Feb. 28), the average low is 36°F and the average high is 58°F.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Scenic City Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 8:00 AM – half marathon
  • 8:15 AM – 5K run & walk


  • $50 for the half marathon, if registered by September 13, 2014
  • $60 between Sept. 14 – December 31
  • $70 between January 1 – February 25, 2015
  • $80 on Feb. 27


To reserve your spot in the late winter 2015 running of Chattanooga’s Scenic City Half Marathon, register online at here.


Official Race Website

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