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Phillips & Vall Conquer Battlefield Marathon
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Posted: Saturday, November 14, 2009

Phillips & Vall Conquer Battlefield Marathon

Nov. 14, 2009 (Fort Oglethorpe, GA) – Geno Phillips, of Chattanooga, TN, won the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon held at the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park on Saturday November 14, 2009. Phillips completed the 26.2 mile course in 2:43:06, running at an average pace of 6:14 per mile. Emily Anne Vall, of Atlanta, GA, was the female champion of the marathon in a time of 2:58:01 (6:48 pace).

The half marathon was won by Greg Johnson, of Knoxville, TN in a time of 1:22:46 (6:19 per mile). Emily Cooper, of Signal Mtn, TN, was the half marathon female champion in a time of 1:33:39 (7:09 pace).

This year marked the 30th running of the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon, the 2nd running for the Chickamauga Battlefield Half Marathon, and the 3rd running of the Chickamauga Battlefield Junior Marathon.

The event set registration records with 600 registrants for the marathon and 900 registrants for the half marathon. Both the marathon and half marathon sold out two months before race day.

Marathon

Geno Phillips, of Chattanooga, TN, won the marathon in a time of 2 hours, 43 minutes, 03 seconds. Emily Anne Vall, of Atlanta, GA, was the female marathon champion, covering the course in a time of 2 hours, 58 minutes, 01 seconds.

Tim Stewart, of Simpsonville, SC, won the champion of marathon male masters division (2:57:27). Christina Evans, of Canton, GA, won the marathon female masters division (3:16:39). John Tackett, of East Point, GA, won the marathon male grand masters division (3:12:55). Boonsom Hartman, of Oak Forest, IL, won the marathon female grand masters division (4:07:26).

The marathon featured a 26.2 mile course with approximately 23 miles run through the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. The event started and finished at the 6th Cavalry Museum on Barnhardt Circle in historic Fort Oglethorpe.

Half Marathon

The half marathon was won by Greg Johnson, of Knoxville, TN, in a time of 1 hour, 22 minutes, 46 seconds. TN. Emily Cooper, of Signal Mtn, TN, was the female half marathon champion, finishing in a time of 1 hour, 33 minutes, 39 seconds.

Bill Owens, of Springfield, IL, was the half marathon male masters division champion (1:25:28). Tammy Kellett, of Fort Payne, AL, was the half marathon female masters division champion (1:42:47). Steve Lemay, of Ringgold, GA, was the half marathon male grand masters division champion (1:40:05). Pam Campbell, of Centrailia, IL, was the half marathon female grand masters division champion (1:43:52).

Junior Marathon

The event also featured the 23rd Annual Chickamauga Junior Marathon. Designed to promote physical fitness among children and their families, the Junior Marathon was open to students enrolled in first through sixth grades.

Participants in the junior marathon spent the last few months individually logging 25.2 miles. Children were able to divide up the distance in any way they liked; they just needed to run, jog, or walk a total of 25.2 miles with adult supervision before November 13.

Today the junior marathoners completed the final mile of their marathon, crossing the official finish line of the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon. Runners who submitted a completed log sheet and finished the last mile received a race number, t-shirt, finisher’s medal, and a goody bag.

The Chickamauga Marathon, Half Marathon and Junior Marathon was made possible through the generosity and hard work of numerous volunteers, the Fort Oglethorpe Tourism Committee, the City of Fort Oglethorpe, and The National Park Service.

The Chickamauga Marathon, Half Marathon, and Junior Marathon was a Chattanooga Track Club event. The event was presented by the Fort Oglethorpe Tourism Committee. Sponsors of the Chickamauga Marathon and Half Marathon include 180 Energy Drink, QuintanaRoo/Litespeed, Dick’s Sporting Goods, The CW Chattanooga, and Chattanooga Times Free Press, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, PowerAde, Coca-Cola, Front Runner Athletics, Sports Barn, Milestones Jewelry, Out of the Blue Café, Moon Pie, Greenlife Grocery, Lara Bar, PeachSports.com, Southern Coffee Service, Sunny 92.3, and The Mountain 96.5.

For more information about the event please visit www.BattlefieldMarathon.com.


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Founded in 1970, the Chattanooga Track Club (CTC) is a non-profit organization with the goal of promoting running, walking, and general fitness in the Chattanooga area. The club pursues this goal through a number of activities including weekly group runs, annual road races, youth programs, and social events. To learn more please visit www.ChattanoogaTrackClub.org.


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