The Chattanooga Track Club

Promoting Running and Fitness in Chattanooga

Raccoon Mountain Round the Rim Road Race - Saturday, September 23, 2017
Hosted By: CTC
ROY Event
Time Event Dist.   Early Reg. Normal CTC Disc.
08:30 AM Raccoon Mountain Round the Rim Road Race -na- $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Race Director: Steve Smalling  
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Overview Contact Info Course Info Registration Location Directions Who Benefits


Brief Overview

The Raccoon Mountain Road Races are certified 5k and 10k races sponsored by the Chattanooga Track Club, taking place at one of the most scenic, quiet, and peaceful race courses in the region. The course is entirely on roads within the TVA reserve, meaning vehicular traffic will be minimal. Most of the race circles a 528 acre lake, with a portion of the race run on the largest rock fill dam ever built by TVA, 8500 feet long and 230 feet high. From the dam, spectacular views of the Tennessee River Gorge toward the west and Lookout Mountain toward the south make this race unique.


Both races start at 8:30AM Eastern Daylight Time. Since all vehicles must travel over the race course to reach parking at the start / finish line, all spectators and pre-registered runners should be parked at Laurel Point no later than 8:10AM, and race-day registrants should arrive earlier. For the safety and enjoyment of participants and volunteers, we cannot allow vehicles to travel on the course to and from the start/finish line between 8:15 AM and 9:00 AM EDT.


  • 8:30 AM - 5k & 10k START
  • 9:45 AM - 10:20 AM  -  Awards ceremony and door prizes


Contact Info


Friday evening pick-up will be available at the downtown YMCA from 5pm - 7pm.  You can also register on-site Friday evening to avoid the race day price increase.

T-shirts and bib numbers not picked up on Friday will be available Saturday morning. Timing chips will be distributed only at the race Saturday morning



Laurel Point at Raccoon Mountain 

 There is plenty of free parking at the start / finish line at Laurel Point.



7:30 AM-8:15 AM   Race Day Registration & Timing Chip Pickup



On Line Registration End September 21, 8 p.m.



There is not a street address for the start/finish line.

For GPS navigation, use 541 Brown's Ferry Road (Chattanooga), turn onto Elder Mountain Road, and follow signs.

The start line is approximately 12 miles from downtown Chattanooga.

From Chattanooga, take I-24 westbound around Moccasin Bend to exit 175.Turn RIGHT and drive 0.9 miles on Brown's Ferry Road and turn left onto Elder Mountain Road at the Brown's Ferry Food Mart. Follow Elder Mountain Road 1.8 miles up the mountain, then turn left at the Raccoon Mountain Project entrance.

Follow signs to Laurel Point.



The Chattanooga Track Club is a non-profit 501(c)-3 corporation.  Jasper Middle School provides many of the volunteers for the race.  The race director is a volunteer who does not receive a fee for directing the race. Net proceeds after expenses are split between the Chattanooga Track Club and Jasper Middle School.  JMS uses its share to provide supplies to all students which otherwise would have to be purchased by the students. 



Course Info

For 5K and 10K, there is a climb to the dam at the end of mile 1 and corresponding downhill in the last mile. Mile 2 of the 5K is completely flat (on the dam). For the 10K, there are two additional significant hills. The first begins at the end of the dam at the 1.5 mile mark and rises gradually for about 0.6 miles. The second, beginning at the 3.2 mile mark, is 170 feet uphill over 0.55 miles and is one of the better known hills in Chattanooga area races. After the 3.8 mile mark, the course is downhill or flat. See Map my Run for specifics on both races: 5K/10K


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Chattanooga Track Club • 1014 Dallas Road • Suite 101 • Chattanooga, TN 37405 • (423) 842-6265