If you’ve ever been to a Run Chattanooga event, you know we spare no expense at our aid stations. Since this race includes ultramarathon distance, we’re so excited to expand our aid station offerings even further!
Aid Station #1 is at race headquarters in the lodge at the Harrison Bay State Park Group Camp. Aid Station #2 is at the entrance and exit to the Harrison Bay loop trail near the boat launch.
Because there is up to 4.5 miles between aid stations, we recommend that you bring a water bottle, fuel belt, backpack hydration, or other system for getting fluids into your body.
Both Aid Stations will have throughout the day and night: water, Gatorade (multiple flavors), ginger ale, Coke, Mountain Dew, other sodas, fruit juices.
Aid Station #1 will also have coffee, hot chocolate, chocolate milk, and chocolate almond milk.
Let’s be honest: we think ultramarathons are really just eating contests with some running thrown in. We also know that the food is what is going to keep you going during this race, so we will be prepared!
Both Aid Stations will have the following food available: bagels, potatoes, bananas, hard boiled eggs, candy bars, chocolate candy, gummy candy, hard candy, oranges, apples, grapes, fig newtons, various cookies, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cold cut sandwiches, peanut butter crackers, trail mix, potato chips (in a variety of flavors), pretzels, raisins, dried fruit, tortilla wraps (hummus and kalamata olive wraps, bean and cheese burrito wraps, pizza wraps, peanut butter and jelly wraps), muffins, cupcakes, Pop Tarts, rice krispies treats, brownies, pudding cups, and of course energy gels.
After noon, you can expect to see the addition of quesadillas, soups (chicken noodle, vegetable, lentil, vegetable broth), pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches.
Inside the lodge, we’ll have build-your-own ice cream sundaes, and ingredients for s’mores will be available near the campfire.
If you’ve ever finished a race and gotten nothing but a green banana and maybe some cold pizza, you’re in for a real treat! The aid station food is also your post-race buffet, and your registration fee covers all you can eat, whether you’re running a half marathon or 50 miles.
Aid stations will also have a variety of medical aid products, including, but not limited to, ibuprofen, Tylenol, Tums, Immodium-AD, Vaseline, salt tablets, band aids, medical tape, feminine products, baby wipes, and sunscreen. Experienced ultrarunners and experienced ultra crew teams will be available at each aid station. If you get a cramp, if you need something taped, if you need help tending to blisters, just ask! We want to get you to the finish line!
Crews may access the aid stations via bicycle or vehicle on paved roads only.
Crews, pacers, and spectators may purchase wristbands for access to the aid station food and pre- and post-race food. $25 wristbands ($15 for ages 12 and under) give access to all of the runner food including pre-race pasta dinner on Friday night, food all day on Saturday, breakfast on Sunday morning, and if you’re still around at lunch time on Sunday, we’ve got your food covered then too.
Meals can also be purchased a la carte for $10 for pre-race dinner and/or $10 for Sunday breakfast.