November 11, 2017 - 7:30 (EST) am start time
Start/Finish: 6th Cavalry Museum in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. (directions)
RRCA State Championship Race
The RRCA Championship Event Series is one of the oldest distance running traditions in the US, dating back to 1958 when the RRCA awarded their first championship designation. The goal of the RRCA Championship Event Series is to shine a spotlight on well-run, community-based events, and to promote the sport of running by recognizing the top performing runners in the Open, Masters (40+), Grand Masters (50+), and Senior Grand Masters (60+) categories for both men and women as RRCA Champions.
The 2017 Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon has been designated as the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) State Championship Event for Georgia. State Championship medals will be awarded to top overall, master (40+), grandmaster (50+), and senior grandmaster (60+) male and female marathon winners.
Marathon Entry Fees
$ 70 (Mar. 1 - Apr. 30)
$ 80 (May 1 - Aug. 31)
$ 90 (Sept. 1 - Nov. 7)
$ 100 (Nov. 10)
Marathon participants will receive a commemorative long-sleeved technical shirt and all marathon finishers will receive a commemorative finisher's medal and a special finisher's gift. Runners completing their first ever marathon will also receive a framed copy of their bib at the finish line to mark their achievement.
Additional race merchandise will be available for purchase at the race expo on Friday and Saturday.
Military, Law Enforcement & Emergency Responders Discounted Entry
In honor of the all women and men who serve, we will offer a discount entry fee ($15 off the marathon) for all law enforcement, emergency responders and military.
You must show proof of service i.d. at packet pick up.
Online registration opens March 1, 2017. Online registration will close automatically when the registration limits are reached or at midnight EST on November 7.
Limited on-site registration on will be available Friday, November 10 at packet pickup, only if the race has not sold out. There will be no day-of-race registration available for the marathon.
Registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable.
The marathon and half marathon are limited to 1,500 total participants to ensure our participants enjoy a safe quality event and to meet the approval of the National Park Service.
Registration will automatically close when the registration cap is reached. In the past the event has sold out several months in advance. No waitlists will be available.
Each year the marathon finisher's medal features a different state monument located in the battlefield. The 2017 medal will feature Wilder Tower. Built in 1892 as a monument to the men of the Lightning Brigade, said to have been the first units from the Army of the Cumberland, under the leadership of John T. Wilder, to be engaged at Chickamauga and also the last unit to leave the battlefield. The men of the Lightning Brigade were said to have reflected the fighting spirit of their combative commander.
Previous marathon medals featured monuments from the following states:
- Florida (2016)
- Ohio (2015)
- Alabama (2014)
- Sesquicentennial of the Civil War (2013)
- Kentucky (2012)
- Pennsylvania (2011)
- Tennessee (2010)
- South Carolina (2009)
- Michigan (2008)
- Georgia (2007)
The marathon, which starts and finishes at the 6th Cavalry museum located near the park's visitor's center, features two loops in the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park.
The mostly paved course is challenging but not extraordinarily difficult. Numerous runners have qualified for the Boston Marathon on this course. Results will be provided to the Boston Athletic Association. Approximately 23 miles of the double loop portion of the course winds through the historic military park. Traffic is usually light in the park. Sentries will be posted at each major turn and all turns will be marked. Each mile and the half marathon point will be marked.
The course has been certified by USATF (Certification # GA08015WC).
The marathon will use IPICO Sports timing tags. Runners will receive both a gun time and chip or net time. Overall winners and Age Group Awards will be based on gun time.
Results will be posted on this site as well as ChattanoogaTrackClub.org.
There is a 6 hour time limit for the marathon.
Packets, including your race number and timing chip, can be picked up:
Runners must show an official photo ID to pick up packet. To pick up packets for other racers please complete the Packet Pickup Authorization Form.
A pasta dinner will be held on Friday, November 10 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm (EST) at the site of the packet pickup (First Baptist Church of Fort Oglethrope at 2645 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742). Enjoy the smooth bluegrass music of Barefoot Nellie and Company.
Special awards will be given to the overall male and female winners, as well as the male and female masters (40+) winners, the male and female grandmasters (50+) winners, and the male and female senior grandmasters (60+) winners. Awards will also be given to the top three finishers, both male and female, in the following age groups: 19 & Under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & over. Overall winners will be based on gun time. Age group awards will be based on net time.
All finishers of the marathon will receive a commemorative marathon finisher's medal. Participants who complete their first marathon at the event will also receive a special award. To receive your special first timer award, please let us know, when you register on Active.com, if this is your first marathon.
The marathon awards ceremony will be held at 1:00 pm (EST). If you will be receiving an award, please plan to stay for the presentation as awards will not be mailed.
Bicycles, skateboards, baby strollers/joggers, roller skates, and animals are not allowed. Headphones are strongly discouraged.
On average, Fort Oglethorpe's temperature on November 12th ranges from a low of 41 degrees to a high of 64 degrees. The record low for November 12 is 19 degrees while the record high is 81 degrees.
Directions to the Start
The start/finish is located at the 6th Cavalry Museum in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia (6 Barnhardt Circle). Please note, on-site parking closes at 6:45 am (EST).