Chattanooga Track Club Celebrates Runner Friendly Community Status And Season Finale

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Chattanooga Track Club received an announcement from The Road Runners Club of America that it has been awarded 2013 Outstanding Runner Friendly Community for the city of Chattanooga. The Road Runners Club of America is the national organization dedicated to promoting the development and growth of running clubs, running events, and supporting the interests of recreational runners throughout the country. 

"This couldn't have come at a better time," says Chas Webb, Club president.  "We have had a record year with a 45 percent increase in membership and 8 percent in race participation.  We are proud of the partnerships we have developed over the years with the community, city and county government and the private sector.  This designation is a tribute to our working together to make Chattanooga and Hamilton Co and great place to run."

The Chattanooga Track Club will complete its 2013 race calendar Saturday with the 29th Annual Wauhatchie Trail Run.  This family friendly, popular 10k trail race will take place 9:30 a.m. at the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center, Onsite day of registration will open at 8 a.m. at the Nature Center. The cost is $15 and includes admission to the Nature Center.   

In 2014 the Chattanooga Track Club will begin its racing calendar with the Scenic City Half Marathon, 5k and Charity Challenge. The event supports eight local charities which can be found on the website. For more information or to sign up go to

The Chattanooga Track Club formed in 1971 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to stimulating interest in running and fitness for all ages and to promoting wellness through these activities. The club encourages anyone with similar interests to become a member and support our goals.  No special qualifications, other than an interest in running and fitness, are required. Members can choose their own level of involvement: participant, volunteer, or sponsor. Everyone, from serious competitor to the casual walker, is welcome. 

For more information on the Chattanooga Track Club visit or contact Stacey Malecky, club manager,

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