7 Bridges Marathon Brings Competitors to Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- Hundreds of competitors met at the brink of dawn to push themselves to the limit.  The 7 Bridges Marathon started and finished at Coolidge Park with a full length marathon course that used the Walnut and Market Street Bridges along with portions of the Tennessee Riverwalk and South Chickamauga Greenway.

The marathon drew people from all over the country who experienced the Scenic City from a unique perspective.

John Conway, a marathon runner who finished the course from Atlanta, said that “The run was absolutely amazing.Initially got into it when me and my sister challenged each other to do a marathon this year. We’ve done a lot of races leading up to it, and we’re from Atlanta so this is a great close race for us. We’ve heard great things about Chattanooga, so it’s an excuse to make a trip to. As far as the race goes, it was absolutely amazing. The views from the bridges was breathtaking and made the run a little bit easier. It was definitely very challenging and it was cool to see Chattanooga this way. So, I really enjoyed it.”

Runners could use their time from this marathon to qualify for the Boston, New York, or London Marathons. There was also a half marathon, 10 K, 5K, and Family Fun Run alongside the marathon held at the event.

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The start/finish line of the 7 Bridges Marathon at Coolidge Park.

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