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Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon, Half, 5k and Jr. Marathon - Saturday, November 12, 2016
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Brief Overview

The 37th Annual Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon is run through the nation's oldest military park. Described as one of the most important battles of the Civil War, the Chickamauga Battlefield landscape is lined with monuments and markers honoring those who fought one of the bloodiest battles over 150 years ago.     

The mostly paved course is challenging but not extraordinarily difficult. The Start and Finish take place at the original parade ground and polo field of the "Fighting Sixth"Cavalry, Approximately 23 miles of the double loop portion of the course winds through this scenic historic military memorial. Over 250 volunteers support every stage of the course from sentries to aid stations to a bike patrol.  You might even see a reenactor or two.

The Marathon and Half Marathon are the Road Runners Club of America 2016 Georgia State Championships.  The marathon is a Boston Qualifier.  This event includes a wheelchair division for the Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K.  

Check Out How Others Rate This Race:

Selected by as Best Marathon in Georgia and voted "race of the year" in 2012 and 2013 by local runners.

In 2010, readers of Runner's World selected the marathon as the "most family-friendly" marathon, the runner-up for "most scenic" marathon, and third for best overall marathon and in 2007, it was selected as Runner's World must-do "run through history" marathon of 2007.


Event details and schedule


Check out the event website for more details on the

  • Event Schedule
  • Course Info
  • Parking
  • Weather
  • Hotel and Tourist Info

Packet Pick-Up

Packets, including your race number and timing chip, can be picked up:

Runners must show an official photo ID to pick up packet.

Pasta Dinner

A pasta dinner will be held on Friday, November 11 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm (EST) at the site of the packet pickup (First Baptist Church of Fort Oglethrope at 2645 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742).

Limited On-site Registration

Marathon & Half Marathon: onsite registration will be available Friday, November 11 at packet pickup, only if the marathon & half marathon have not sold out. There will be no day-of-race registration available for the marathon or half marathon.

On-site registration for the 5k will be available at packet pickup on Friday night, November 11 and Saturday morning, November 12.

Bag Check

Before the start of the race, participants may store a bag in the "bag check" area near the start/finish area. Participants should place their belongings in a plastic bag and clearly label the bag with their race number. Please do not check valuables.

Bags will be available for pick-up after the race. Participants will need to show their race numbers to retrieve their bags. Bags that are not retrieved after the race will be thrown out or donated to charity.

Aid Stations on the Race Course

All aid stations on the marathno and half marathon course will have water, PowerAde, fruit and basic first aid. Stations are located at approximate 1.5 - 2 mile intervals on the course.

Portalet bathrooms will be available at approximately miles 4 and 10 for the half marathon and approximately miles 4, 11, 15, and 22 for the marathon.

On the 5k course, an aid station with water and PowerAde will be located at the half-way point going out and back.

Transportation to the finish will be provided to any participant who cannot complete the race. For medical assistance on the course, or transportation to the finish, ask the nearest race volunteer. Professional medical personnel will be stationed at the start/finish line.


As a benefit to marathon and half marathon runners, we offer free pace teams led by experienced pacers for a wide variety of times, including many of the Boston qualifying standards.

Look for the following Pace Time Flags at the race start:

Half Marathon: 1:30, 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30, 2:45

Marathon: 3:15, 3:30, 3:40, 3:50, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00

Assisting Runners

As a safety precaution, bicycle riders are highly discouraged from accompanying runners on the course. Runners who are not registered in the event should not accompany a participant. Any assistance to a participant, other than that provided at designated aid stations, may lead to disqualification. Disqualified participants will be ineligible for awards.


Family and friends can enjoy the start/finish area and Expo while you run the race.

Free shuttle buses will be provided between the start/finish area and special marathon and half marathon spectator areas within the Battlefield. Buses depart near the start/finish area. For safety reasons we ask that spectators not drive on the race course.

The best place to watch the 5k and Junior Marathon is at Barnhardt Circle.

Post Race Food

Food and beverage will be provided for race participants at the end of their race. The race expo will have food vendors to accommodate family and friends.

Awards Ceremonies

Awards ceremonies will be held near the start/finish line at 9:30 am (for the 5k), 10:30 am (for the half marathon), and 1:00 pm (for the marathon). If you will be receiving an award, please plan to stay for the presentations as awards will not be mailed.

Official Race Photos will provide the photography for this year's event.

Make sure you bib number is visible so the photographer can track your photos. Look for a post-race email with a link to your photos.

Race Day Weather

On average, Fort Oglethorpe's temperature on November 12th ranges from a low of 41 degrees to a high of 64 degrees. The record low for November 12 is 19 degrees while the record high is 81 degrees.




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