7 Bridges Marathon
17 October 2021
The wide, flowing waters of the Tennessee River will be runners’ constant companion for most of the race course at the Seven Bridges Marathon, Four Bridges Half Marathon and Two Bridges 5K, which make their annual running here among the hills of the Cumberland Plateau and the Appalachian Mountains of southern Tennessee.The 7 Bridges Marathon will begin in Coolidge Park on the North Shore of Chattanooga. Crossing the Market Street Bridge, the race will lead runners on a scenic tour of downtown Chattanooga’s bridges and riverside neighborhoods.The half marathon course (13.1 miles) will accompany the full marathon (26.2 miles) over three bridges, splitting off at the Chattanooga Food Bank on the Tennessee Riverwalk. While the half will return over the Walnut Street Bridge and finish in Coolidge Park, the full marathon will continue over three more bridges (the C.B. Robinson, Thrasher, and Riverpark Bridges, respectively) before returning downtown to cross Walnut for the Coolidge Park finish.Come on and race! Chattanooga, Tennessee is one of the South’s top travel destinations. In fact, the New York Times named Chattanooga TN one of the “Top 45 Places to go" in the World. Only four US destinations were named and the Scenic City was the only place outside of California. And it’s no wonder. Tucked between the mountains of Southeast Tennessee, along the beautiful Tennessee River, Chattanooga TN is one of America’s most breathtaking cities. But that’s just the beginning of what the Scenic City has to offer. There’s a world of outdoor adventure, amazing restaurants, live events, art and world-class attractions waiting for you here. So, go ahead. Plan your Chattanooga TN vacation today.
The race will start at Cherokee Blvd and the entrance to Renaissance Park/Coolidge Park. Athletes will turn right onto Cherokee, right onto Market Street Bridge, right on Aquarium way, right on Chestnut, left on Riverfront Parkway, then turn around near Broad Street, and right on Power Alley, left on 3rd Street, right on Chestnut Street, right on 4th Street, right onto Highway 27, exit at Manufacturers Boulevard, right into Renaissance Park, follow the Rriverwalk through Coolidge Park, left on Tremont, right on Fraizer, right onto Georgia Ave (Veterans Bridge), right onto Riverfront Parkway, left onto Riverfront Parkway (head west in east bound lane), left onto Dupont Parkway (C.B. Robinson bridge), right onto Access Road, through traffic circle onto Highway 153 (Thrasher Bridge/Dam), exit right onto Amnicola Highway, right at TVA Access Road to Riverwalk, left on Riverwalk, (follow Riverwalk to Battery Place). Continue on Riverwalk to the Art District on Spring Street. Left on 2nd Street, left on High Street, right on 3rd Street, right on Walnut Street, right on Frazier, right on Tremont, follow Riverwalk into Coolidge park, and finish in field near Carousel.
The 7 Bridges Marathon will take runners across the Tennessee river 6 times as you traverse the city. You will run by the Tennessee Aquarium, AT&T field, Creative Discovery Museum, Cross the Dam and enjoy a stroll along the River walk, then run through the Art district, Hunter Museum and Historic Walnut street bridge to finish in front of the Carousel in Coolidge Park.
Bags will be available at Packet Pick Up for those that request it. There will be a bag drop off area near the Start Line and the aid station on Riverfront Parkway near the Aquarium (Mile 3 and 5). The bag pickup area will be near the Finish Line shortly after 11 am. Please look for the volunteers with the bag drop signage.
Aid stations will be approximately every mile. There are 22 total water stops. Aid stations will be stocked with Gatorade and "Gu"s: Orange, Vanilla, Strawberry 1x caffeine. There will also be some fun food surprises at the Full Marathon aid stations.
All finishers will receive a medal, age group awards will be shortly after the last finisher.