Chattanooga 100 Mile Runner Information

The Chattanooga 100 is an ITRA approved race with 6 qualifying points for UTMB races.
You must complete 8 hours of volunteer work to run the race! 
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When/Where:

March 6, 2020 - 8:00 A.M. SHARP

122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd, Rising Fawn, GA 30738

 

Race starts at 8:00 A.M. Friday November 30, 2018 at Cloudland Canyon State Park group lodge. 

To get to the start, drive into the park and drive straight ahead. At the 2nd stop sign, take a right and go up the hill.  You will see a big building about 20 seconds up the road on your left. There will be directional signs in the park and for parking. 

 

Weekend Schedule 

March 5, 2020  MANDATORY PACKET PICKUP and Pre-Race Meeting for the 100 Miler.

5:00 P.M.- 7:00 P.M. Packet pick-up at Rock Creek -

301 Manufacturers Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37405 in Chattanooga, TN. 

Pre-race meeting will be held at 7:00 P.M.

Approximately 30 minutes from the start / finish. Beer will be provided by the Chattanooga Brewing Company feel free to hang out and we can answer any questions you may have at that time.

50 milers may attend packet pick up, but not mandatory.

 

Friday

No packet pickup day of race.

If you did not pick up your packet on Thursday your will not be allowed to participate!

You must checkin on race morning. We will be using LiveTrail to check in runners!

You must be at the start / finish by 7:30 A.M. for a mandatory pre race briefing at 7:45 A.M.

The race will begin at 8:00 A.M. with a 33 hour cutoff 

 

Cutoffs

There is a 33-hour total time limit with individual aid station cutoffs. The cutoffs are tighter at first, then loosen up as you get closer to the finish. It is YOUR responsibility to know these time limits. We DO NOT recommend basing your distance solely on GPS devices. GPS devices can vary in accuracy. If you are riding cutoffs then be prepared to not make a cutoff. We want everyone to finish and have determined that 33 hours is MORE than a fair time for a 100 mile course with less than 10,000 feet of gain. Please heed all volunteer instructions. If you do not make a cutoff time and are asked to stop you MUST surrender your bid. This is for your safety and to ensure all runners are accounted for at the end of the race. These are STRICT cutoffs and are for leaving the aid station, not getting to the aid station. AGAIN all cutoff times are for you LEAVING the aid station.

Click here for cutoff, aid station information, driving directions, and drop bag locations.

 

Click here for course map and elevation profile on Trail Run Project. Aid station information and cutoff times will be posted at a later date. We will be tracking runners at various points along the course. Click LiveTrail to visit the tracking website. 

 

Safety

Please note that there will be road crossings that may not have crossing marshals. This could be during the daylight or during the dark. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING YOUR SAFETY WHEN CROSSING A ROAD.

 

Local residents are NOT used to runners crossing the road so be extra careful. Much of the course is open to mountain bikes and horse traffic. ALWAYS give way to both. If you see someone on a horse, ALWAYS walk with arms down, and make your presence known. In a calm manner, ask the rider what they want you to do and follow their instruction. A short time of walking or being stopped is not going to kill your race time. 

About 80% of this course has full cell service with Verizon. If you or another runner has a LIFE THREATING emergency please dial 911. Sometimes the closest aid station is behind you.

 

Weather

The weather is usually cold. However, it could be warm. By this time of year, the leaves have come down from the trees. Be prepared for leaves all over the ground and more expansive views. We do not blow the leaves off the trails as this causes erosion. This also means the wind will pierce through the woods and lower wind chill. ALWAYS have an extra layer of clothing in your pack. 

 

Rules

No cutting the course

Listen and follow all instructions from race staff / volunteers / medical personnel

Be courteous  

You may only receive aid within 100 feet of an aid station that allows crew access

No littering

Trekking poles are allowed.

 

Mandatory Gear

All runners must have the following items with them at all times

  1. Headlamp with an extra set of batteries. You must carry the headlamp from start to finish. This is a requirement for our race permit.

  2. Windbreaker jacket

  3. Water bottle and a collapsible cup for obtaining fluids. This is cup less race. There will not be ANY cups at ANY aid station along the course. 

We highly recommend carrying gloves and a warm hat. Keep moving and you will stay warm.

 

Aid Stations

We will have typical aid station fare at most aid stations. This means cookies, bananas, peanut butter and jelly, chips, Gatorade, ginger ale, Coke, etc. No gels or pre packaged foods. 

Ascalon and Lula Lake aid stations will have hot food. Most likely ramen, bacon, grilled cheese, quesadillas, & broth

If you have food or insect allergies, and you normally carry an “epi-pen”, make sure you have it with you during the race.

 

Drop Bags

ALL drop bags must be brought to the start of the race. They may not be larger than a small back pack. If you show up with a big plastic bin, duffle bag or overly large bag, then we will not take it to the drop off point. You should have a bag that has room for one (1) pair of shoes, a couple layers of clothing and some nutrition. 

 

We will do our best to get these items back to the start as soon as possible after the last runner passes the aid station. We do not mail drop bags post-race. We will leave all stuff outside the start / finish area until 10:00 A.M. Sunday. All unclaimed drop bags will either be donated or disposed.

Crewing and/or Safety Runner Please Read !!!

Only one (1) crew vehicle is allowed per 100 mile runner at any given time. If you have a crew/safety runner, you will receive a crew vehicle display card, to be placed in plain view on the dash of the crew vehicle. 

You are allowed one (1) safety runner at a time. They are not allowed to carry food, gear, water etc. for you. (no muling). You can pick up the first safety runner at Covenant College (mile 48) aid station. Then you can swap safety runners at Nickajack, and Ascalon if desired. If you have a safety runner, and no other crew, and need to leave a vehicle at one of the safety runner swap points, make sure it is parked in a designated parking area when possible. If you have to park on the side of the road, make sure all four wheel are off the pavement. You will have to make arrangements to get back to your vehicle as no shuttle service is provided.

Crew vehicle display cards can be picked up Thursday evening at Rock Creek -  Same place as packet pick-up. You must have a crew vehicle display card before heading out to crew accessible aid stations.

Ascalon AS#3 & #11

There is limited parking at Ascalon aid station. Once the race begins, we highly recommend that crews wait at the st/fn area - Aid Station #1 - for their runners to complete the first 12 miles. Once your runner leaves AS#1, they have 9.4 miles to Ascalon AS #3. For crew, it's only a 12 minute drive. Crews will have ample time to get to Ascalon before their runners arrive. This will help ease traffic congestion and parking at Ascalon during the first few hours of the race.  There will be a parking attendant volunteer on-site. Please follow their instructions. 

Nickajack AS#5 & #9

There is limited parking at Nickajack aid station. Crews cannot park on the road leading into the trailhead parking area. Rangers will be patrolling this area and can issue tickets. DRIVE ALL THE WAY INTO THE PARKING AREA. There will be a parking attendant volunteer on-site. Please follow their instructions. 

Cloudland Canyon State Park and Lula Lake Land Trust have required us to keep a minimum amount of traffic on course roadways. This is due to possibly blocking traffic of other drivers that are going to or from work or going about their daily business and may not be aware that a race is in progress. Also, the State Park and the local police department can issue tickets to vehicles parked on the side of roadways where all four tires are not completely off the roadway. They love to have folks visiting from other areas and have never issued a ticket to anyone during our race (have only warned) but will ticket drivers if the laws are not obeyed. You MAY NOT leave vehicles unattended at any aid stations. If found doing so your runner will be disqualified.

 

  • Crew access at Covenant College, Ascalon Rd, and Nickajack

  • NO crew access at the following aid stations:

           GA 189 crossing, Hinkle Road Crossing, Lula Lake

  • Remember all four tires completely off the roadway at any accessible aid station 

  • Crews may only visit designated aid stations listed on the aid station chart. Click here

  • If your runner drops from the race, their bib must be turned in at the nearest aid station where they drop and you must notify a volunteer at that aid station. 

  • Please realize that we will do our best to keep your runner safe, on course, and set to finish this race. So please help us by adhering to the rules.

  • All crew access points are less than a 25-minute drive one way from the start / finish, driving the speed limit. 

 

Post race food

We will have food with a veggie option at the finish line. Most likely gourmet hot soup and bread. This is for runners only. Be courteous with portion sizes so all runners have a chance for a post-race meal.

 

Where to get food/supplies:

There are a couple of restaurants just down the road from the Cloudland Canyon State Park entrance and the Canyon Quik Stop station, which is open normally from 6 :00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M. They have a place to buy sandwiches, beverages, and most snacks you might need. 

 

Also at the north end of the course, there are some restaurants, and a gas station in Lookout Mountain. Most stuff closes early so plan ahead. 

 

For anything else you will have to drive down the mountain into Trenton, GA, or back to Chattanooga, TN

 

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