Gear up for the ninth annual Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon

Whether you’re participating, cheering the athletes on, or looking to avoid the crowds — here’s what you need to know.

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Folks ranging from ages 1 to 82 are participating in this year’s races.

Photo by Dan Henry via Chattanooga Tourism Co.

It’s officially Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon weekend, folks. Chattanooga Sports + Erlanger are set to host the ninth annual event from Friday, March 1 through Sunday, March 3.

As the Scenic City gets ready to welcome the anticipated 4,000 participants, we’re here to share the need-to-know information if you’re looking to join in on the fun or avoid the crowds.

The event

Folks will gather at the First Horizon Pavilion for the races + the EXPO experience. The EXPO is the central hub for runners and spectators where over 25 vendors will be set up. Pro tip: Head here if you want to pick up event merch.

The races + schedule

  • Saturday, March 2 | 5K | 9 a.m. start time
  • Saturday, March 2 | Kids Fun Run | 11 a.m. start time
  • Sunday, March 3 | Marathon, Half Maraton + Team Relay | 7:30 a.m. start time

Registration is open online + folks can register at the First Horizon Pavilion on Friday, March 1 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. if spots are still available.

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Cheer on this year’s participants at various spots along the race course.

Photo by Dan Henry provided by Chattanooga Tourism Co.

The course + traffic

Runners will take a scenic route along the Tennessee River through downtown Chattanooga. If you’re looking to cheer on the runners, the course map shows the race route + what streets will be highly impacted during the event.

If you’re looking to avoid the crowds, you’ll want to especially avoid areas near the First Horizon Pavillion. Other areas include:

  • Market/Main Street
  • Market/20th Street
  • East MLK Boulevard
  • Riverfront Parkway/Lindsay Street
  • Bailey Avenue/Holtzclaw Avenue

Note: All roads should be reopened no later than 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 3.

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