Choo Choo Chase Paddle Race

This is a paddle race in the Tennessee River Gorge. If you are racing or interested in racing the ultra classic Chattajack race in Oct, the 20 miler is a great test to see how fit you are. The 7 mile is such a great trip around Williams Island. As part of your entrance fee, you will be treated to a fantastic meal by River Drifters.

Distance Options:
20 mile and 7 mile

Craft Divisions:
Long Course (20 Mile) – SUP 14’ and under, Open Single Blade (canoe) and Double Blade (kayak)
Short Course (7 Mile) – SUP 14’ and under only.

Membership to Wild Trails at any level will gain you a 10% discount to any race and at the Trail Steward level will gain you free entry into any 3 races (except the Chattanooga Trail Relay and Upchuck 50K). Click HERE for details.

View Race Details

Date: Saturday, August 13th, 2022

Start/Finish Location: Gravel lot across from River Drifters. Click HERE for a map.

Race Weekend Schedule:

Friday Aug 13:
Packet pickup 4-6 PM location at River Drifters. Click HERE for a map link

Saturday Aug 14:
7:30 am (ET) – Board staging and Registration (if limit not met)
9:00 am – Registration closes; Packet Pickup Closes
9:45 am – Mandatory Racer Meeting (all short and long course racers)
10:00 am – National Anthem and Long Course start
10:10 am – Short Course start
12:30 pm – Lunch Opens
1-1:30 pm – Awards

Registration Dates & Race Fees:

RACER LIMIT: 200 PARTICIPANTS
Long Course

  • $80 thru 8/11 includes tee shirt
  • $90 8/12 thru 8/12 includes tee shirt
  • Online registration closes 8/12 Noon ET
  • $100 race day onsite or night before at packet pickup but no tee shirt

Short Course

  • $50 thru 7/11 includes tee shirt
  • $60 7/12 thru 8/12 includes tee shirt
  • Online registration closes 8/12 Noon pm EDT
  • $70 race day onsite or night before at packet pickup but no tee shirt
  • Online registration will close Aug 12 at Noon ET or sooner if 200 racer limit is met
  • We will have packet pickup and race day registration (see rate increase above) both Fri evening and Sat morning if the 200 limit is not met
  • No refunds or transfers to another race nor transferring of bibs to other paddlers

Paddler Premiums:

  • Tri-blend race tee
  • Catered lunch onsite (see above re: additional lunch tickets)
  • Custom Pint glass
  • Lunch will be a Low Country Boil, crafted by a River Drifters with meat and vegan options and beverages. Additional lunch tickets must be purchased for non-racers IN ADVANCE by 8/12 online; $10 per ticket
  • More details to come!

Choo Choo Chase - Chattanooga Paddling Race 2019

Please note that we have changed our race fee policy. We no longer have a price increase one month out. In the past the price increase was to encourage runners to sign up early in order to gain a more accurate size and count for ordering race shirts. Now, there is no price bump. However, you will not get a shirt on race day if you register after March 6, 2019. We will likely have extras for purchase on race day and we will place another shirt order after the race. Click the race details for more info.

2017 Race Results and Awards