What's better than running by yourself? Running with a bunch of crazy fun people, that's what! Spend your Saturday morning and/or Sunday morning running or walking along the beautiful Tennessee River, with a bunch of the funnest runners you've ever met.
The course is basically completely flat, some small inclines/declines, on a paved path that meanders by the Tennessee River, behind the campus of Chattanooga State to the Chickamauga Dam, passing playgrounds and restrooms with toilets that flush.
Yep, you read that right, toilets that flush and sinks with running water and soap in heated buildings. Is this a runner's dream or what?
You will pass the start/finish/aid station area multiple times throughout the race. This means you're welcome to leave a drop bag to access your own personal goodies and you can shed layers as you warm up. This is also a good place to reapply sunscreen, address any potential issues such as blisters, and eat and drink to your heart's content! Marathoners pass the start/finish/aid nine times, half marathoners pass it four times, 10K passes twice, 5K passes once. You are never more than three miles from this area.
Both races are super low-key and non-competitive; we'd prefer to race you vs. you, not you vs. anyone else. This year, a double half marathon option is available; that's back-to-back half marathons. Some people call those marathons, but this event has always been Freeze Your HALF Off, and we just couldn't bear to change the name. Also, the course is measured as a half marathon, with three laps of the west side of the course and two laps of the east side, so we've set it up as a double half marathon not only so we can get your half marathon split time, but also so you can cover the correct distance!)
There is a time limit of 8 hours for anyone doing one or both half marathons. As in, if you do a double half, you must be prepared to finish BOTH in 8 hours. There will be an optional 1 hour early start for marathoners/double half marathoners, which then gives you up to 9 hours, because that's how math works.
To keep up with increasing costs to produce this race, the price did go up a little bit, but this still remains one of the best values in the racing world. Your registration fee includes entry into the race distance of your choosing, a mug "medal" (which will be pre-washed so you can fill it up with the weather-dependent food from the all-you-can-eat post-race buffet - homemade chili and soup if it's cold, all-you-can-eat cereal and yogurt parfaits if it's not), and our usual aid station setup including Gatorade, water, Gu, and snacks. Due to ordering restrictions and shipping delays around the holidays, mug medals CANNOT be guaranteed if you register after December 15th.
Because the weather is so unpredictable in the Tennessee Valley in January, we'll keep you posted with the post-race food offerings the week of the race. If it's as cold as it was in 2015 and 2018, we'll have chili and soups with cornbread and baguettes (vegetarians and gluten free runners, we promise we'll have you covered!), hot chocolate and coffee. If it's warmer, we'll go with the cereal and yogurt parfait buffet.
Shirts are NOT included in your race fee; we don't give out "included in your fee" race shirts as a general rule, because there are too many people who don't want a shirt, or would prefer a tank top or a hoodie or something else. As is tradition with this race, shirts, tank tops, hoodies, and other swag are available for pre-purchase during registration. Shirt pre-orders will close on December 18th. We will order a limited amount of extras that can be purchased on race day, but we cannot promise that we will have the shirt size/type that you'd prefer so we suggest that you order ahead of time.
We also accept donations of old shoes to be given to the homeless via the Community Kitchen.
As with any other race put on by any other company, registration fees and add-on fees are final and are not refundable or transferable for any reason. Please don't ask, it makes our race director cry when she has to say no. We spend a lot of time and money preparing for every runner, and the money spent on you, in many cases, cannot be recouped by us. The races will go on rain, snow, or shine.