Rock/Creek's Scenic City Trail Marathon is one of the largest trail
marathons in the Southeast, taking place on the fast, hard-packed dirt
mountain bike trails of TVA's Raccoon Mountain. Starting on a short
section of road to thin out the pack of 500+ runners, the race course is
almost completely singletrack, with rolling hills, many twists and
turns, some excellent views of the Tennessee River and plenty of rocks
and roots along the way.
This course is flatter and smoother than many of the rugged, rocky local
trails used in our other Salomon Rock/Creek Trail Series races -- "Flat
for Southeastern Tennessee," we like to say -- making the Scenic City
Trail Marathon a great choice for road marathoners wanting to try a
trail marathon, or experienced trail runners in the hunt for a new PR.
have had significant problems in past with the fast runners catching
and passing the back of the pack. In order to resolve this problem we
must strictly enforce the following cutoff times. If you cannot maintain a 12 minute per mile pace for the first 12 miles, please do not sign up for this race.
Visitors Center Aid Station (mile 8.6) - 1:45
River Gorge Aid Station (mile 12.3, full marathon only) - 2:30
½ Marathon Finish - 2:40
Marathon Finish - 5:30
Race proceeds benefit Wild Trails, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the use, expansion and promotion of trails in the greater Chattanooga area.