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Record Turn Out at Battlefield Races
Posted: Saturday, November 08, 2008
Record Turn Out at Battlefield Races

Nov. 8, 2008 (Fort Oglethorpe, GA) - The Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon, Half Marathon and Junior Marathon had the largest turn out in its 29-year history, with over 600 registrants for the marathon, 700 registrants for the half marathon, and 250 registrants for the junior marathon.

The race included registrants from 35 states and 5 countries. Both the marathon and half marathon sold out before race day.


Hugh Enicks, of Signal Mountain, TN, won the marathon in a time of 2 hours, 48 minutes, 33 seconds. Gina Krabbendam, of Lookout Mountain, TN, was the female marathon champion, covering the course in a time of 3 hours, 14 minutes, 47 seconds.

John Van Steenbergh, of Flowery Branch, GA, won the champion of marathon male masters division. Lynn Mooney, of Marietta, GA, won the marathon female masters division.  Benn Paletz, of Norcross, GA, won the marathon male grand masters division. Linda Mason Berber, of Pine Mountain, 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. The event featured a new start/finish location at the 6th Cavalry Museum on Barnhardt Circle in historic Fort Oglethorpe. The move to the new start/finish location was made possible through a partnership with the Fort Oglethorpe Tourism Committee.

Half Marathon

This is the first year a half marathon was run in conjunction with the marathon. In past years the marathon was accompanied by a 10-mile race (2001 – 2007) and a 5k race (1990 – 1991).

The half marathon was won by Michael Kirk, of Signal Mountain, TN, in a time of 1 hour, 15 minutes, 42 seconds. TN. Christina Evans, of Canton, GA, was the female half marathon champion, finishing in a time of 1 hour, 32 minutes, 39 seconds.

Joe Sneed, of Soddy-Daisy, TN, won the half marathon male masters division champion. Joan Vos, of Chickamauga, GA, won the half marathon female masters division.

Junior Marathon

The event also featured the 2nd Annual Chickamauga Junior Marathon. 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 8.

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 a goody bag.

The Chickamauga Marathon, Half Marathon and Junior Marathon was made possible through the generosity and hard work of numerous volunteers, the Fort Oglethorpe Tourism Committee, The National Park Service, and Hutcheson Medical Services.

The Chickamauga Marathon, Half Marathon, and Junior Marathon was a Chattanooga Track Club event. Sponsors of the Chickamauga Marathon and Half Marathon include Fort Oglethorpe Tourism Committee, Fuller Rehabilitation, Hutcheson, National Park Service, PowerAde, Sports Barn, Ankle & Foot Center, Out of the Blue Café, Southern Coffee Service, and Lookout Mountain Tomato & Banana.

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