The Chattanooga Track Club

Promoting Running and Fitness in Chattanooga

Wauhatchie Trail Run
By John Hunt
Posted: Monday, December 11, 2017
For Immediate Release

One of the most challenging and certainly one of the most unique and popular races on the Chattanooga Track Club schedule will be held on Saturday, December 16 when the 33rd Wauhatchie Trail Run is held at the Chattanooga Nature Center, located at 400 Garden Road off Cummings Highway at Old Wauhatchie Pike.

The race, which is age and gender handicapped, is a beautiful 6.7-mile trail run on the side of Lookout Mountain. Every age group gets some kind of head start except those those males ages 25-29 who get none.

Those women 80 and older get the biggest at 45 minutes. The course has an elevation gain of 410 feet and includes some pretty intense climbs. There are also plenty of leaves, rocks and occasional limbs, so it can be dangerous at times.

It’s a no frills race and the registration fee of $15 shows that. Pre-registration can be done on www.RACECTC.ORG until midnight on December 14 while race-day registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

It’s a recycle event, meaning that participants are urged to bring something to give away such as a running T-shirt, gloves, socks, hats or something not even related to running that you think another person might enjoy having. All items are placed on a table and the overall winner gets the first pick and on down the line.

The prestigious Golden Antlers trophy is presented to the overall winner and the team winner, which includes two members of the same family. Participants are also urged to bring goodies to eat before and after the run, but no alcohol is allowed.

The Jean Horgan Award is new for 2017 and will be awarded to the first runner to reach the one-mile mark.

Dean Thompson is the defending champion after posting a time of 36:05 last year while Dylan Carmack was the runner-up in 36:18. 
Jan Gautier was the women’s winner as she finished third overall in 37:17.
Carter and Cathy Cheeseman were the family team winners last year with a combined time of 1:18:32.46 while Dylan and Dawson Carmack were just .35 second behind.

Contact race director Jim Steffes at 423-313-0602 or email him at for further information.


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