2014 Raccoon Mountain Road Race 5K / 10K

Event Date

Sat, Sep 27, 2014


Chattanooga, TN

About This Activity

The Raccoon Mountain Road Races are certified 5k and 10k events taking place at one of the most scenic, quiet, and peaceful race courses in the region.   Memorable views of Lookout Mountain toward the south and the Tennessee River Gorge toward the west make the event special.  The course is entirely on roads within the TVA reserve, meaning that vehicular traffic will be minimal.  Most of the race circles a 528 acre lake, with a portion of the race being run on the largest rockfill dam ever built by TVA, 8500 foot long and 230 feet high.   This road race is sponsored by the Chattanooga Track Club.  All runners are welcome!

Event details and schedule

Both races will start at 8:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time. All vehicles must travel over the race course to reach parking at the start / finish line.  Therefore, all pre-registered runners and spectators should be parked at Laurel Point no later than 8:10 AM, and race day registrants should arrive earlier.  (To faciliate race timing, race day registration must end at 8:15 AM.)   For the safety and enjoyment of participants and volunteers, we cannot allow vehicles to travel over the course to and from the start / finish line between 8:15 AM and 9:00 AM EDT.

Directions: Only 11 miles from downtown Chattanooga. From Chattanooga, take I-24 westbound toward Nashville, to exit 175. Turn right onto Brown's Ferry Road.  From I-24 eastbound, take exit 175 and turn left onto Brown's Ferry Road. (If you pass McDonald's, you are going the wrong directon.) Drive 0.9 miles and turn left at Brown's Ferry Market onto Elder Mountain Road. Follow Elder Mtn Road 1.8 miles up the mountain, and turn left at the Raccoon Mtn entrance.  Follow signs to Laurel Point.   Alternate Route from Marion County or Cummings Cove: Enter TVA Raccoon Mountain main entrance from Highway 41 (Cummings Hwy), 1 mile west of Hamilton County line.  Follow signs approximately 9 miles to Laurel Point at top of Raccoon Mountain.  Plenty of free parking is available at the start/finish line.

Course Description:  For 5K and 10K, there is a climb near end of mile 1 (60 ft elevation gain in 0.40 miles) and corresponding downhill in the last mile. Mile 2 of the 5K is flat (on dam). For the 10K, there are two additional hills. The first is from the end of the dam at the 1.5 mile mark gradually up to about the 2 mile mark (100 foot rise over 0.5 miles). The second, beginning at 3.2 mile mark, is 170 feet uphill over 0.55 miles and is one of the better known hills in Chattanooga area races. See Map My Run for specifics on both races.  All participants must complete the 5k or 10k course within 90 minutes.  Walkers are welcome, but please walk the 5K course.

  5k: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/263019697
10k: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/263011841

Optional Packet Pick-Up: Friday, September 26. Check email or Chattanooga Track Club Facebook page for time and location.  Packets not picked up on Friday will be available on Saturday morning.

Race Day Registration: Starting line from 7:30 - 8:15 AM EDT.  Registration must end at 8:15 AM to facilitate accuracy of race timing and results.

Post Race:  Awards and refreshments including Panera bagels, fruit, Powerade, water, and coffee.   There will also be several nice door prizes - first name drawn gets to choose first prize, and must be present to win.  Door prizes for 2014 have not been determined, but in past years have included such items as Lodge cast iron cookware, tickets to certain Tennessee and Vanderbilt football games, running books, running CDs, Road I.D. gift certificates, gift certificates to local running stores, and free entries to upcoming Chattanooga Track Club events.

Questions:  Contact race director Steve Smalling at stevesmalling@charter.net

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