The Bad Beard River Gorge 6.5 and 10.2 mile Trail Race, Presented By Bad Beard Events is a Southeastern classic that runs the Mullens Cove loop in the Prentice-Cooper Wildlife Management Area just outside Chattanooga, Tennessee. The highly technical single-track loop trail boasts magnificent bluff views of the Tennessee River, as well as cascading streams lined with rhododendron and towering hemlock. One of the most beautiful trails in the Chattanooga area, this is a bucket list race for both the leisure and competitive trail runner.
Elevation gain for the 10 Miler is around 2,500ft.
Packet Pickup- Friday Night
EARLY PACKET PICKUP
WHEN: Friday, March 17th
WHERE: Fast Break
TIME: 4:30PM - 6:00PM
RACE DAY PACKET PICKUP
WHEN: Saturday, March 18th
WHERE: Start/Finish line at Mullens Cove parking lot
TIME: 6:45AM - 8:15AM EASTERN
RACE DAY REGISTRATION
Online registration only. There will be no walk-up registration on race day.
The 10 mile race will begin at 8AM EASTERN> The 6.5 mile race will begin at 9AM EASTERN.
DIRECTIONS TO THE START/FINISH LINE @ MULLENS COVE PARKING LOT
From downtown Chattanooga, take Hwy 27 North to Hwy 127 North (Signal Mountain). Go 1.9 miles, and turn left onto Suck Creek Road. Continue for 8.2 miles, turn left towards Prentice Cooper State Forest. Follow the signs 0.7 miles to the entrance area of Prentice Cooper. Stay on Tower Road approximately 2 more miles until you arrive at Mullens Cove parking lot and race start/finish. The drive to the start will take 30 minutes.
***Please note that there is a 2 hour cutoff for the 6.5M and a 3 hour 30min cutoff time for the 10M***
The Awards Ceremony will begin immediately after the race. There will be overall awards for Male and Female 1st-3rd place.
10 Miler- MAP
Local time: 8:36 AM