Running in Chattanooga


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  • Chattanooga Audubon Society
    What is now the Elise Chapin Wildlife Sanctuary was once the Walker family farm, where highly respected naturalist and Chattanooga Audubon Society founder Robert Sparks Walker was born in 1878. Walker formed the Chattanooga Audubon Society in 1944, with a vision of educating citizens on the importance of protecting the environment and respecting nature the way the area's Native Americans had for thousands of years. Today, the society is the steward of three sanctuaries: Elise Chapin Sanctuary at Audubon Acres, Maclellan Sanctuary on Audubon Island, and David Gray Sanctuary on Audubon Mountain. Each offers a unique look into the history, wildlife, and natural splendor of the area as well as educational programs that help children and adults discover the area.
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    900 N Sanctuary Rd.
    Chattanooga, TN US
  • Jam Active
    At Tap 'N' Run, runners aren't out to claim the title of Fastest Runner. They're out to claim titles such as Best 'Stache, Celebrity Look-A-Like, or Largest Squad. That's because this 4K is a fun run in the truest sense: 21-and-over participants can run, walk, skip, or even potato-sack to the three beer stands set up along the course. They're given a 5-ounce brew at each and another 12-ounce bottle at the finish line. After using their finisher's medal to crack open that last beer (yes, it's also a bottle opener), they can head to the afterparty in hopes of claiming one of those race-day superlatives. One of the most sought-after awards is Most Unique Team Concept, as everyone's invited to dress up in costumes that at previous races have ranged from superheroes to ice-cream cones to runners running a race.
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    1826 Reggie White Blvd
    Chattanooga, TN US
  • Color Me Rad
    It's not every 5K run in which participants look like they've been tie-dyed by the end of it. But most runs are not this much fun either. As runners put one foot in front of the other during Color My Run, volunteers cover them with colorful dust, adding extra joy and a bit of silliness to an event where your finishing time isn't everything. That sense of joy also extends to the charitable recipient of each event as well, which is often a children's hospital.
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    1826 Carter St.
    Chattanooga, TN US
  • Red Towers Entertainment
    Red Towers Entertainment LLC hosts events suitable for all adventure enthusiasts. In fact, events actually breathes new life into the community, benefiting local charities.
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    PO Box 21913
    Chattanooga, TN US
  • Mudsanity
    After competing together on the 1996 US Olympic gymnastics team, John Macready and John Roethlisberger channeled their enthusiasm into another athletic venture—except in this one, the balance beams were replaced with mud fields. Mudsanity—a 5-mile mud run—resulted. The race’s permanent home by the banks of Lake Frances ensures boggy terrain and allows the founders to build creative obstacles right into the scenery. These obstacles range from mountains of hay bales to steep hills and outright vertical climbs. After the race, athletes relax at an Oktoberfest party that lasts all weekend, complete with live music, piping-hot bratwursts, and beer grown in the onsite beer garden.
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    272 Lake Frances Rd.
    Crossville, TN US
  • United Way
    Through raising funds for health and human services, United Way of Bedford County does a lot of good for its community. Firefighters do good for all communities. This summer, everyday citizens get a chance to help both these organizations help others by tackling a 5K course full of intense obstacles. Runners will find familiar obstacle-race staples including mud pits, hay bales, and water slides. But thanks to the location, there's a twist. The event's held at the Tennessee Fire & Codes Academy, so they'll also pit themselves against firefighter training challenges including a three-story fire tower. Naturally, the course climaxes in a leap through a ring of fire, followed by a brisk shower courtesy of one of the fire trucks.
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    101 Elm Street
    Shelbyville, TN US

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