Scenic City Half-Marathon, 5K & Charity Challenge Saturday At Finley

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - by John Hunt

The 2013 Scenic City Half-Marathon, 5K and Charity Challenge are set for Saturday, Feb. 23 with the start and finish at Finley Stadium on 20th Street.

The longer 13.1-mile event begins at 8 a.m. while the 3.1-mile race is set for an 8:15 start.  Entry fee is $50 for the longer race and $30 for the shorter race and are available only online at Active.com.  There is no race day registration.

$7.50 of each entry fee will go to the charity of your choice. Those organizations include Area 4 Special Olympics, Chattanooga Community Kitchen, Chattanooga Room In The Inn, Children's Advocacy Center for Hamilton County, Children's Home/Chambliss Shelter, Girls On The Run and McKamey Animal Center.

Packet pickup is Friday, Feb. 22 from 4-8 p.m. in the Crystal Room of the Chattanooga Choo Choo, located at 1400 Market Street and from 6:30-7:30 on race day at the First Tennessee Pavilian, which is just across from Finley Stadium.  Participants need to be reminded that a photo ID and an Active.com confirmation number are required at packet pickup and nobody can pick up another runner's packet.

All participants will receive a technical or dry/fit shirt and all finishers of the half-marathon will receive a medal.

The race begins at Finley Stadium and quickly turns right onto Riverfront Parkway where the course passes the Aquarium and Ross's Landing before going up the hill under the Walnut Street bridge and on out Amnicola.  An eventual left turn takes runners onto the Tennessee Riverwalk where there will be four miles of scenic views along the Tennessee River before going through the Bluff View Art District and past the Hunter Museum.

After crossing the Walnut Street bridge, the course turns right onto Frazier Avenue before another right brings the competion back across the river via the Veterans Bridge.  A right turn onto Riverfront and back along the same route as the beginning leads back to the finish line on Reggie White Blvd.

Defending champions for the Half-Marathon are Cleveland's Caleb Morgan, who was the first of 590 finishers in 1:15:19.  Rebecca Greenwall, a UTC track and cross country standout, was the women's winner as she finished ninth overall in 1:25:01.

Knoxville's Jason Altman and Chattanooga's Leah Golden were the 5K winners with times of 16:37 and 22:38, respectively.  The shorter race had 339 finishers a year ago.

This race is being directed by members of the Chattanooga Track Club with Katie Stanford serving as race director.

(Email John Hunt at nomarathonmoose@comcast.net)


Venable, Barringer Win Dan Tribble Junior Titles

Tucker Venable shot 72-69--141 on Monday and Tuesday and won the Boys 16-18 Division of the 2014 Dan Tribble Chattanooga PGA Junior at the Creeks Bend Golf Club. Heidi Barringer shot 72-74--146 and won the Girls 15-18 Division. Dylan Lillard (74-74--148) won the Boys 14-15 while Tucker Windham won the Boys 12-13. Olivia Williams won the Girls 12-14 on the first playoff ... (click for more)

Men's 3.5 Tennis Team Win State

The "Chattanooga" men's 3.5 tennis team posted a 4-0 record to win the USTA Tennessee state team title this past weekend and will compete in the Southern Sectional August  22-24 in Asheville,N.C. Coached by Greg Hadden, the champions defeated previously unbeaten Memphis Worth, 3-2, for the title with the final match decided by a third set, 10-point tie-breaker. ... (click for more)

EPB Says It Did Not Overbill The City; Says City Got $685,877 Break

EPB officials said Tuesday that an exhaustive audit of its street light contract with the city showed that it did not overbill the city. Instead, it said it found that the city was underbilled $685,877. EPB said it only goes back one year on errors so the amount owed by the city would be $178,314. Officials said that would be discussed with the city. Stan Sewell, the city's ... (click for more)

Citizens To Comment Next Tuesday On Sound Control Ordinance That Allows Higher Sound Around Downtown Clubs

Citizens will be allowed to comment next Tuesday on a new Sound Control Ordinance that allows higher sound from nightclubs in a downtown Controlled Sound Boundary. Track 29 behind the Chattanooga Choo Choo, that has drawn the wrath of some nearby Southside residents, is within the boundary, which goes along the river on the north and west, to around Erlanger Hospital on the ... (click for more)

I'm Number One In A Round About Way

Roundabouts have been popping up all over Chattanooga over the past few years and for the most part have been successful.  Unfortunately there are some who just don’t get it as I have found out the hard way.    My latest instance was last week when a young woman on her cell phone almost t-boned me as she flew into the roundabout without yielding.  A near miss ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Oscar Brock’s True Passion

I don’t pay much attention to the Hamilton County School Board. Once the moon and the stars aligned behind Superintendent Rick Smith, you hear very little, if anything, from the nine-member council that oversees an annual budget of almost $400 million and employs 4,480 people. So chew this for a minute: approximately 2,000 of those people are not teachers. Yes, there are 78 principals ... (click for more)