- Travel & Directions
- The Park & History
The signature event of the Chickamauga Chase is the 15K. The Chickamauga Chase is the oldest continuously held road race in the Chattanooga area and is one of America's oldest 15Ks. The certified 15K course (USATF GA07007WC) is a circular clockwise loop around the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park.
The 15K (as well as the 5K and Scenic Walk) begins on Glenn-Viniard Road in the southeast corner of the Park. At the sound of the gun, participants will run up a slight hill behind the Wilder Brigade Monument. This imposing 85-foot tower honors Union Col. John Wilder and his brigade of mounted infantry, who occupied this part of the battlefield when Confederate General Longstreet's troops broke through the Union line on September 20th, 1863. Armed with seven-shot Spencer repeating rifles, Wilder's 2,000 man brigade poured deadly fire into Longstreet's veterans but were unable to stop them. The platform at the top of the Wilder Monument affords an excellent view of the battlefield and the surrounding area. Runners head north on Viniard-Alexander Road. As they look to their right at Mile 1, they will see a hilly field marked with a monument at the site of Union General Rosecran's Army of the Cumberland headquarters. The course turns east onto Dyer Road where Water Stop 1 is located. At the intersection ahead, the 15K, 5K and Scenic Walk separate. 15K runners turn left onto Glenn-Kelly Road. This flat stretch is very scenic, with a beautiful view of the South Carolina monument on the hilltop on the left near Mile 2.
Approaching the intersection of Lafayette Road, Viniard Field is on the left, where the Union right flank was massed at the beginning of the battle. Runners will turn left, south onto Lafayette Road for a short stretch. Use extra caution on this busy stretch, and please stay inside the cones on the shoulder of the right side of the road. A right turn to the west onto Glenn-Viniard Road will provide a vista of Glenn Field, the largest open stretch of land during the battle. Hans Christian Heg, who commanded a brigade of mostly Norwegians of the 15th Wisconsin, was mortally wounded during the battle, and his monumnent lies in this field. As the course curves through the woods passing Mile 9, runners will take a right turn to the finish line in the field below the Wilder Brigade Monument.
The 15K course officially closes 2 hours and 15 minutes after the gun start. This is a little over a 14 minute mile. Participants remaining on the course may finish at their own risk and may not receive an official finish time.