Whether you are a weekend warrior or a daily trainer, a runner who likes short and speedy runs, or a hiker who is in for the scenery as much as the exercise; Chattanooga has many ways for you to enjoy the wonderful outdoors. Here are a couple of events that will challenge you regardless of your goals.

Saturday, August 9
Rock/Creek Still Hollow Trail Race at Enterprise South Nature Center. If you haven’t registered yet for this event, fear not—there will be race-day registration. It starts at 7AM to beat the heat so get there early.

This event is not a run, but it is a free clinic at Rock/Creek the run will take place tomorrow, see below). Rock/Creek is hosting a women’s trail running summit in late August and this is a pre-cursor to that event. The clinic will be led by two of Rock/Creek’s Race team and will feature the topic: “Chicks Dig It! An informal conversation about women in trail running with Erin Hannen and Elizabeth Orvis.”

Not interested in running as much as you are interested in the trails themselves? Check out this hike to Sycamore Falls—it promises to be full of beautiful scenery. The Sycamore Falls hike is a 3.2 mile hike of moderate difficulty due to some rocky and steep areas.

Sunday, August 10
This run will leave from Rock/Creek at 2 North Shore and will wind it’s way through downtown’s closest trail—Stringer’s Ridge. The run will be lead by women’s Rock/Creek Race Team members Erin Hannen and Elizabeth Orvis. This is an introductory/intermediate run and all abilities are welcome! Distance to be determined and a couple options may be provided. This run will be a follow up to the in-store clinic the previous day, Sat. 8/9.

Saturday or Sunday
Not interested in a group run or hike? No worries! Chattanooga is known for its extensive network of trails. Not sure where to run? Again, not an issue—head over to RootsRated to find the best trail for the amount of time you have and the level of difficulty you’re interested in tackling. Don’t forget to let someone know you’re heading out on a run.

Running is a great way to stay in shape and enjoy the outdoors, but don’t forget—it’s summer and it’s hot! Make sure you prepare for your runs with water to hydrate, clothing to protect from the sun, and sufficient bug protection. We’ll see you on the trails!



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