The Chattanooga 50 is an ITRA approved race with 3 qualifying points for UTMB races.
March 7, 2020 - 7:00 A.M. - Covenant College - 14049 Scenic Hwy, Lookout Mountain, GA 30750
Runners will be bussed from the finish line at Cloudland State Park - 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd, Rising Fawn, GA 30738 to the start at Covenant College.
Thursday - March 5, 2020
Packet Pick-Up is available but not mandatory. At Rock Creek - 301 Manufacturers Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37405
5:00 P.M. - 7:00 PM
Friday -March 6, 2020
No 50 mile activities
Saturday March 7,2020
Packet pick up and check-in will be at the finish (Cloudland Canyon State Park) from 4:45 A.M. - 6:00 A.M. Bus transportation will leave from the finish area (Cloudland Canyon State Park). Enter 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 signs for parking. Everyone must check in race morning even if you picked up your packet on Thursday.
Once you get your packet and get checked-in, proceed to the bus for transport to the start line. If you do not want to ride the bus, you may get DROPPED OFF by someone at the start. There is NO Parking at the start!! You cannot drive yourself to the start and leave a car at Covenant College per our race permit. The crew can watch the start and the leave Covenant College.
The race will begin at 7:00 A.M. with a 14 hour cutoff.
Cutoffs & Course Map
The race has a 14 hour total time limit with individual aid station cutoffs. 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 agreed that 14 hours is MORE than a fair time for a 50 mile course with less than 5,000 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.
Click here for course map and elevation profile on Trail Run Project. Click here for Aid station information and cutoff times.
We will be tracking runners at various points along the course. Click LiveTrail to visit the tracking website.
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 THE 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 instructions. A short time of walking or being stopped will not 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.
The weather in December 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 the wind chill. ALWAYS have an extra layer of clothing in your pack.
No cutting the course
Listen and follow all instructions from race staff / volunteers / medical personnel
You may only receive aid within 100 feet of an aid station that allows crew access
Trekking poles are allowed
All runners must have the following items with them at all times
Headlamp with an extra set of batteries. You must carry the headlamp from start to finish. This is a requirement for the race permit.
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.
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 prepackaged foods.
If you have food or insect allergies, and you normally carry an “epi-pen”, make sure you have it with you during the race.
No drop bags.
No pacers or safety runners. Its just 50 easy miles, you got this!
Crew accessible aid stations will be at Ascalon Rd and the St / Fn area (The runners will pass an aid station near the start / finish area before heading out for the final 8 mile loop back to the finish.
Only one (1) crew vehicle is allowed per 50 mile solo runner during any given point of the race. If you have a crew, you will receive a crew vehicle display card to be placed in plain view on the dash of the crew vehicle. Crew vehicle display cards will be available at packet pickup (4:45 A.M. - 6:00 A.M.) on race day at Cloudland Canyon State Park. You must have a crew vehicle display card before heading out to any crew accessible aid stations.
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.
No crew access at the following aid stations:
Lula Lake, Nickajack, GA 157 Hinkle Road crossing, GA 189 crossing
Remember all four tires completely off the roadway at any accessible aid station
Crews may only visit designated aid stations listed on the chart below
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 but adhering to the rules.
All crew access points are less than a 25-minute drive one way from the start or finish, driving the speed limit.
All finishers will receive a medal, and pint glass.
We will have food with a veggie option at the finish line. Most likely, gourmet hot soup and bread. This is for runners only!
Where to get food / supplies:
There are a couple of restaurants just down the road from the Cloudland Canyon State Park entrance as well as the Canyon Quik Stop 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 on the far 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 need to drive down the mountain into Trenton, Ga or back to Chattanooga, TN.