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Large Turn Out at Battlefield Races
Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2007

Large Turn Out at Battlefield Races


Chickamauga, GA (11/10/07) – The Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon, 10 Mile Race and Junior Marathon included the largest turn out in recent memory, with 482 runners participating in the marathon, 411 participating in the 10 mile race, and 136 children taking part in Junior Marathon.


Marathon and 10 Mile Race

Hugh Enicks, of Signal Mountain, TN, won the marathon in a time of 2 hours, 44 minutes, 40 seconds. Kerry Oedel, of Macon, GA, was the marathon female champion, covering the course in a time of 3 hours, 13 minutes, 57 seconds.


The 10 mile race was won by Patrick Hall, of Chattanooga, TN, in a time of 56 minutes, 5 seconds. TN. Kelley Lowe-Colenbaugh, of Kennesaw, GA, was the 10 mile female champion, finishing in a time of 1 hour, 7 minutes, 53 seconds.


Joe Bowman, of Dunwoody, GA, won the marathon male masters division. Lynn Mooney, of Marietta, GA, won the marathon female masters division.  Dave Oedel, of Macon, GA, won the marathon male grand masters division. Sandra Abbott, of Powder Springs, GA, won the marathon female grand masters division.


The marathon featured a 26.2 mile course with approximately 23 miles run through the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. In January 2007 Runner’s World, a premier running publication, named the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon the “must-do” historic marathon of 2007.


The 10 mile race included an out-and-back course run over the first 5 miles of the marathon course.


This year’s marathon introduced a new finisher’s medal, the first in a series featuring state monuments located within the battlefield. The 2007 medal featured the Georgia state monument.


Junior Marathon

The event also featured the inaugural Chickamauga Junior Marathon, with over 130 children participating in the event. Designed to promote physical fitness among children and their families, the Junior Marathon was open to students enrolled in first through sixth grades.


Participants in the junior marathon spent the last few months individually logging 25.2 miles. Children were able to divide up the distance in any way they liked; they just needed to run, jog, or walk a total of 25.2 miles with adult supervision before November 10.


Today the junior marathoners completed the final mile of their marathon, crossing the official finish line of the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon. Runners who submitted a completed log sheet and finished the last mile received a race number, t-shirt, finisher’s medal, and goody bag.


Finishers were also eligible to win a number of special giveaways including two bikes, a gift certificate for a Nintendo Wii, gift cards for running shoes, and several iPods.


The junior marathon is part of the track club’s new youth running program designed to promote physical fitness among children. Earlier this year CTC co-hosted a series of cross-country races for elementary school children enrolled in third, fourth, and fifth grades. Over 400 Hamilton County school children participated in each of the four one mile cross country races held throughout the month of September.



Encouraging First Time Participants

All three events were designed to promote running and general fitness by encouraging first time participants. As Doug Roselle, race director of the marathon and 10 mile race, explains, “We got a bunch of folks started on a healthy, active lifestyle that is so important to all of us. We had 129 first time marathoners and 136 junior marathons. And maybe there were as many that watched and said ‘Hey if they can I can.’”


Runners who completed their first marathon at the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon received a specially framed replica of their race bib.


The races were made possible through the generosity and hard work of numerous volunteers, the Walker County Sheriff’s Department, the Oakwood Baptist Church, and Hutcheson Medical Services.


The Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon & 10-Mile Run was a Chattanooga Track Club event. It was sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Clif Shot, Fazoli's, Fire Eye Productions, Out of the Blue, Scenic City Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, and the Sports Barn. Medical support was provided by Hutcheson Medical Center.


The Chickamauga Battlefield Junior Marathon was a Chattanooga Track Club event and was sponsored by the Chattanooga Times Free Press, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Chattem, Rock Creek Outfitters, Patagonia, Fast Break, Front Runner, Scott’s Bicycle Center, and Sports Barn.


View Marathon & 10 Mile Race Results


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