This Saturday, get both your brain and your body moving at the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. This unconventionally scenic race brings a new twist to your workout by adding a history lesson to this top physical challenge as the course winds through the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.
The Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park stands in honor of the Civil War battles fought in the name of Chattanooga, “the Gateway to the Deep South”. These battles served as a major turning point for the Union army, opening the door to the heart of the Confederacy, and mark some of the deadliest conflicts of the Civil War. Maybe you’ll even meet some ghosts along your way…
But besides being a little spooky, the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon offers a beautiful and insightful look at this important piece of history. The course includes two loops of the park, beginning and finishing at the 6th Cavalry Museum, and takes place on a paved road through the battlefield.
The event will also feature a Half-Marathon, 5K and Kids Junior Marathon. The Half-Marathon will occupy one loop of the full Marathon course, while the 5K moves North of both races. The Junior Marathon, a long-term project in which participants log 25.2 miles over the course of several months up until the race, will run through the last mile of the full course and represent the culmination of this more accessible take on the marathon challenge.
Registration for the half and full Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon has closed, but there are still limited spots open for the 5K race! Interested runners may register on-site for the 5K, depending on availability. The race also welcomes spectators and supporters, so come cheer on your friends and family while you enjoy the sights from the sidelines. Join the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon fun for a new take on American history!