Great, well organized race! The weather is always cold and the course is scenic. Rolling hills, but nothing too big if you are trained for them.
By tk about 2015
By EMR about 2013
Very pretty two loop course thru the Chickamauga Battlefield. Small to mid-size (400 in full; 800 in half) race that is well organized. Only real complaint is traffic getting into the race. I was almost 90 minutes early and still spent 25 minutes going the final 4 blocks.
Plenty of water stops, all w/ sports drink. I didn't see any gel but I did see some fruit and candy. The course is well marked and there's virtually no traffic.
Very few fans but the race does shuttle folks out to spots on the course so you get a few nice pockets of cheering.
First timers get a framed certificate acknowledging their accomplishment. Nice touch!!
As a two loop course you know what to expect when fatigue sets in. There are many rollers but I feel they are of the type that help you since you use different muscles not the steep kind that kick your butt. I ran my fastest race in years so I think its a fast course.
I stayed in Chattanooga TN which is only about 15 minutes away. As I said get there early. Parking is close to start line so you can relax and stay warm in your car. There was a pasta dinner @ the church where the expo was held but I didn't eat there.