Chattanooga 50 Mile Runner Information

When/Where:

March 7, 2020 - 5:30 A.M. 

Start at Cloudland State Park - 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd, Rising Fawn, GA 30738

Finish at Chattanooga Brewing Company 1804 Chestnut St. Chattanooga, TN 37408

Weekend Schedule 

Thursday - March 5, 2020

Packet pickup is available but not mandatory for the 50 Miler at Rock Creek - 301 Manufacturers Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37405 from 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 PM. You must have your photo ID and no one other than the registered runner can pick up a race bib.

 

Friday - March 6, 2020

Packet pickup is available but not mandatory at Chattanooga Brewing Company from 10:30 A.M. - 11:30 A.M

 

Saturday - March 7, 2020

Packet pick up and check-in for the shuttle bus riders will be at Chattanooga Brewing Company and will begin at 3:00 AM Saturday March 7th. If you already have your bib proceed to the shuttle busses.
Shuttle busses will begin leaving for the start (Cloudland Canyon SP) at 3:30 AM. Last bus will leave promptly at 4:00 AM. This will provide you the opportunity to leave any race swag in your vehicle at the finish line. 
You must pay for parking in downtown Chattanooga. We recommend parking your car in one of two PARK MOBILE parking lots near the finish. #6511 (1900 Chestnut St.) and #6510 (1600 Chestnut St). Download the Park Mobile App for exact locations and cost information. Following parking instructions so you don't get booted or towed.

Once you are parked, it is a short walk to the Chattanooga Brewing Company for packet pick up and/or to get on the shuttle. Bring you photo ID for packet pick up.
If you are parking or being dropped of at Cloudland Canyon, your packet pickup will be at the lodge and will start at ~4:45 A.M. - 5:15 A.M. We are doing packet pick up at the Brewery in Chattanooga and we will then proceed to Cloudland to finish packet pick up for runners at the start line. 
Enter the park and drive straight ahead. There is a $5.00 per day park fee. At the 2nd stop sign there will be a parking attendant directing parking. There will be signs to direct you to packet pick up and the start area. Everyone must check in race morning even if you picked up your packet on Thursday or Friday.

The race will begin at 5:30 A.M. with a 14 hour cut off

Cut Offs & Course Map

The race has a 14 hour total time limit with individual aid station cutoffs. See the Aid Station Matrix page for cut off times. Take special note of the 4:00 P.M. cut off at Covenant. We are not allowed to have runners in the National Battlefield Park 30 minutes after sunset. You must be leaving the Covenant AS by 4:00 P.M!!! 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. Please heed all volunteer instructions. If you do not make a cut off time and are asked to stop you MUST stop. This is for your safety and to ensure all runners are accounted for at the end of the race. These cut offs are for leaving the aid station, not getting to the aid station. AGAIN all cut off times are for you LEAVING the aid station.

Click here for course map and elevation profile on Trail Run Project. 

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 THE ROAD.

 

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.

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

  • Headlamp with an extra set of batteries. You must carry the headlamp from start to finish

  • Windbreaker jacket & space blanket

  • Water bottle and a collapsible cup for obtaining fluids. Suggest you have one cup for cold fluid and one cup for hot fluids. This is cupless race meaning there will be no cups of any type at any aid stations along the course

   

Aid Stations

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

At minimum two aid stations (which you will pass by two times) will have hot food. Hot food will likely be ramen, bacon, cheese quesadillas, pizza, & broth

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

 

Drop Bags

No drop bags. 

Safety runners/pacers

No pacers or safety runners

Crewing

There is only one crew access point for the 50 mile race  at Covenant College. Review the Aid Station Matrix for crew access location and driving directions. 

Only (1) crew vehicle is allowed per 50 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. 

Crew vehicle display cards can be picked up at packet up. You must have a crew vehicle display card before heading out to crew accessible aid stations.

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

Please realize that we will do our best to keep your runner safe, on course, and set to finish this race.

Post-race food

We will have food with a veggie option at the finish line. Most likely gourmet hot soup and bread. 

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