Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon, Half, Jr. & Fort Oglethorpe 5k

A scene from the race course.

Marathon

Event Information

November 11, 2017 - 7:30 (EST) am start time

Start/Finish: 6th Cavalry Museum in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. (directions)

Marathon Registration

Registration opens March 1, 2017. Registration fees will be posted in February.

Registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Registration Limits

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.

Finisher's Medals

In 2007, the race introduced a series of commemorative marathon finisher's medals. Each year the marathon finisher's medal features a different state monument located in the battlefield. The 2017 medal will be announced shortly.

Previous marathon medals featured monuments from the following states:

Race Course

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).

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Race Timing

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.

Packet Pick-Up

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.

Pasta Dinner

A pasta dinner will be held on Friday, November 11 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.

Awards

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.

Safety

Bicycles, skateboards, baby strollers/joggers, roller skates, and animals are not allowed. Headphones are strongly discouraged.

Weather

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).