In a few short days, I’ll be traveling from the flatlands of south Louisiana to east Tennessee, to participate in the Rock/Creek Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race. This is a 3 day event that covers 60 miles of trail running and held on 3 different mountains in the Chattanooga area: Raccoon Mountain, Lookout Mountain and Signal Mountain.
Day 1 on Friday eases racers in with an 18 mile run on Raccoon Mountain with “only” 1,564 feet of climbing.
Day 2 features a 22 mile run on Lookout Mountain, with over 2,500 feet of climbing.
And lastly, day 3 is a brutal 20 miler on Signal mountain with nearly 2,700 feet of climbing.
I’m not quite sure how this flatlander who is really undertrained will fare in this 3 day race, but I’m gonna give it the old college try. If nothing else, I’ll get to see some beautiful trails in a part of the country I don’t get to visit often enough. I’m sure my legs will be shot after day 2, and day 3 will be a struggle. But, I’m determined to enjoy it as best as I can.
Check out this video of what the race is like, and I’ll report back next week after I’m done.