The Chattanooga Track Club

Promoting Running and Fitness in Chattanooga

Chattanooga Track Club Donates $2,500 to UTC Track Program
By Charlene Simmons
Posted: Monday, February 19, 2007

Chattanooga Track Club Donates $2,500 to UTC Track Program

CTC’s New Executive Director Starts Work


Chattanooga, TN – As part of an ongoing effort to promote running in the greater Chattanooga area, the Chattanooga Track Club (CTC) presented a $2,500 check to the cross-country and track programs at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on February 19, 2007. Melodie Thompson, CTC president, presented the check to UTC Track Coach Bill Gautier during half-time at the Moc’s basketball game. Thompson was accompanied by Sean Pfister, CTC’s newly appointed executive director, Doug Roselle, the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon Race Director, Robert Gustafson, CTC’s Vice President of Races, and Tim Ensign, a former UT runner.


Funds for the donation were drawn, in part, from corporate sponsorships of the club’s annual Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon held on November 11, 2006. The event was sponsored by Davis & Hoss PC, Scenic City Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, and the North Chatt Cat. This marks the fourth time the track club has made such a donation.


The donation is part of the club’s growing efforts to promote local youth running programs. According to CTC President Melodie Thompson, “Our mission is to support and help sustain all running programs in the Chattanooga area and the running program at UTC is vital.  If we don’t bring along younger runners, we will not have a program here for college students.  Our youth is our future and we are only beginning our program for young people of all ages.”


New Executive Director

February 19th also marked the first workday for Sean Pfister, CTC’s first-ever executive director. Pfister will be the face of the Chattanooga Track Club and solicit membership drives, be instrumental in developing a premier distance event in Chattanooga, solicit donations and sponsorships to sustain the organization, hire and oversee the club’s staff, and oversee the quality of races and events. As Pfsiter explains, “I’m excited about the challenge at the CTC to increase sponsorship, membership and race participation. They are symbiotic in relationship, as one area grows the others will follow but I hope to achieve a nice balance to reach our vision.”


The appointment of an Executive Director marks a significant step towards meeting the club’s long-term goals. Donna Dravland, a CTC Past President, explains; “Hiring an Executive Director is an essential step in achieving the Club's goals.  The Club supports fitness in the community and in our schools.  Expanding our support is needed given the downward trend in the health of our citizens.  Without having a dedicated Director to focus his attention on the long-term goals and longevity of the Club, the ongoing support of UTC and the fitness community would not be possible.”


Before joining CTC, Pfister served as the Community Marketing Manager for the ING Georgia Marathon. Pfsiter, who is relocating from Atlanta, GA, is an avid runner who has participated in hundreds of races including thirteen marathons.


About the Chattanooga Track Club

The Chattanooga Track Club is a non-profit organization with the goal to stimulate interest in running and fitness for all ages and to promote wellness through these activities. The club encourages anyone with similar interests to become a member and support our goal. No special qualifications, other than an interest in running, walking, and fitness, are required. Members can choose their own level of involvement: participant, volunteer, or sponsor. Everyone from serious competitor to the casual walker is welcome.


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