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2015 WAUHATCHIE TRAIL RACE
By John Hunt
Posted: Monday, December 14, 2015

For Immediate Release

One of the most challenging and certainly one of the most unique and popular races on the Chattanooga Track Club schedule will be held on Saturday,  December 19 when the 31st Wauhatchie Trail Run is held at the Chattanooga Nature Center, located at 400 Garden Road off Cummings Highway at Old Wauhatchie Pike.

The race, which is age and gender handicapped, is a beautiful 6.7-mile trail run on the side of Lookout Mountain.  Every age group gets some kind of head start except those those males ages 25-29 who get none.

Those women 80 and older get the biggest at 45 minutes.  The course has an elevation gain of 410 feet and includes some pretty intense climbs.  There are also plenty of leaves, rocks and occasional limbs, so it can be dangerous at times.

It’s a no frills race and the registration fee of $15 shows that.  Pre-registration can be done on www.active.com until midnight on December 17 while race-day registration begins at 8 a.m.

It’s a recycle event, meaning that participants are urged to bring something to give away such as a running T-shirt, gloves, socks, hats or something not even related to running that you think another person might enjoy having.  All items are placed on a table and the overall winner gets the first pick and on down the line.

The prestigious Golden Antlers trophy is presented to the overall winner and the team winner, which includes two members of the same family.  Participants are also urged to bring goodies to eat before and after the run, but no alcohol is allowed.

Tim Ensign, who has won this race a whopping nine times, is the defending champion after covering the distance last year with an actual time of 41:54.  With a head start of 5:30, his winning time was 36:24.

Claire Cheeseman was the first woman after finishing fifth overall in 40:18 after figuring a handicap of 6:15.

Cheeseman and her younger brother Carter captured the Family Award last year with a combined time of 1:17:22 after he finished second overall behind Ensign.


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