Sunday, October 21, 2018 • Chattanooga, TN • 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, Four Bridges Half Marathon and Two Bridges 5K, which make their 8th annual running here 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 mild to moderately warm weather (and its driest month of the year) in October, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 22°F (in 1952) and as high as 94°F (in 1954).
On race day (Oct. 21), the average low is 48ºF and the average high is 73ºF.
- 2017 Four Bridges Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Four Bridges Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Four Bridges Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Four Bridges Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Four Bridges Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Four Bridges Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Four Bridges Half Marathon Results
- 7:00 AM – full marathon
- 7:30 AM – half marathon
- 7:45 AM – 5K
See race website
To reserve your spot in the 2018 running of the Seven Bridges Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K, register online at ItsYourRace.com here.
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