The Chattanooga Track Club

Promoting Running and Fitness in Chattanooga

2012 Wahautchie Trail Run
By John Hunt
Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012

For Immediate Release

The annual Wauhatchie Trail Run is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 15 with the first group of runners slated to begin the challenging 6.7-mile route at 9:30 a.m.

This is the toughest race on the Chattanooga Track Club schedule and certainly the most unique. It is a handicapped race by age and sex, meaning that different age groups get a "head start" on the rest of the runners. Females 80 and over receive the largest handicap of 45 minutes while those males ages 25-29 are considered the fastest and receive no advantage and will start last at 10:15.

The race is held at the Chattanooga Aboretum & Nature Center, formerly known as Reflection Riding and is located at 400 Garden Road. The first mile is relatively flat, but runners encounter a serious hill in the second and third mile as they climb the lower slope of Lookout Mountain. The course has a net elevation gain of 410 feet.

Running over gravel and dirt roads, there are also rocks, leaves and fallen trees in places which make the event more challenging at at times, even dangerous.

The entry fee is $15 and no T-shirts are involved. It is a recycling event where each runner is urged to bring one prize -- either running related or not. Runners get to choose their prize from the table with the overall winner getting the first pick.

The overall winner and top two-person family team will be awarded the coveted Golden Antlers trophy. The family team may include husband-wife, father-son, father-daughter, mother-daughter, mother-son, grandparent-child, siblings, aunt-uncle or niece-nephew.

In the holiday spirit of the event, participants are invited to bring goodies to share at the post-race feeding frenzy, but no alcohol is allowed. The race site is a nature preserve, so no pets are allowed either.

Contact race director Jim Steffes at or call him at 313-0602 for additional information.


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