Raccoon Mountain Half Marathon Listed On The BibRave 100

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Raccoon Mountain Half Marathon, an Awesomesauce Event presented by Run Chattanooga, was recently named to The BibRave 100: A Definitive List of the Best Races in America, for the second straight year. The race was listed as one of the top 20 half marathons in the country. It was also listed among the top 10 races with Beautiful On-Course Scenery. The Raccoon Mountain Half Marathon was the only trail race listed in the top 100 races in America and is the smallest race on the list.

 

“The Raccoon Mountain Marathon and Half Marathon are the races we put the most effort into all year,” said Courtney Bird, founder of Run Chattanooga and Awesomesauce Events and Race director for Raccoon Mountain.

“To be recognized for a second year is a testament to our incredible runners and their receptiveness to unique touches like handmade, personalized medals and a relaxed running atmosphere that values camaraderie over competition.”

 

The Raccoon Mountain Marathon and Half Marathon launched in 2015, as a project of Run Chattanooga. The race is truly grassroots; there are no corporate sponsors, the wooden medals are made in the race director’s home, her husband is the course director, her father grills the post-race burgers, and her oldest daughter manages one of the aid stations. Friends load up their cars at her home and help bring equipment to the mountain on race morning. Aid stations are themed and have a plethora of candy and other snacks. Each runner gets a personalized sign on the course and the trails are marked with stuffed animals. 

It could not be any more different than any other race on the BibRave 100, and is very different from most races across the country. It is this uniqueness that attracts runners from all over the country each year. Trash Panda, billed as the “bratty little sister” of the larger Spring race, was launched in September 2018 as a spinoff. Runners who completed both races received a third bonus medal.

 

“All of the races listed on The BibRave 100 are shining examples of how to put on a great event, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the list,” said Tim Murphy, co-founder of BibRave. “Runners put a lot of time and research into planning their race calendars, and we hope The BibRave 100 is a helpful tool highlighting some truly wonderful races.” The full list can be found at www.bibrave.com

 

More information about the Raccoon Mountain Marathon and Half Marathon can be found at https://runawesomesauce.com/a/races/runraccoonmountain/  The next running is March 16, 2019.


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