7 Bridges Marathon


October 21, 2018

The 7 Bridges Marathon will begin in Coolidge Park on the North Shore of Chattanooga. Crossing the Market Street Bridge, the race will lead runners on a scenic tour of downtown Chattanooga’s bridges and riverside neighborhoods.

The half marathon course (13.1 miles) will accompany the full marathon (26.2 miles) over three bridges, splitting off at the Chattanooga Food Bank on the Tennessee Riverwalk. While the half will return over the Walnut Street Bridge and finish in Coolidge Park, the full marathon will continue over three more bridges (the C.B. Robinson, Thrasher, and Riverpark Bridges, respectively) before returning downtown to cross Walnut for the Coolidge Park finish. Come on and race!

How to Get Yourself Fit

When it comes to exercise, there is but one truth: no one can do it for you. I have said through my many years of experience that you can pay for fitness all day long, but you can't buy your fitness. This is the one thing we have to put the effort in for ourselves, and we have to work hard for it, even after we fork over the money.

That being said, I've come to the conclusion that it's far easier accept this challenge when engaging methods are utilized and honest goals/expectations are set. Take the time to decide on the activities you want to incorporate into your fitness journey (running, biking, swimming, boxing, dance, etc…) and figure out where you can go to gain access to those activities. Personally, I leaned towards the all-inclusive gym because I had no idea what I wanted to be good at, and now I know that it's "anything at a moments notice." Plus, with a gym you automatically get a fit family to lean on!

Once you've decided what activities you want to try and where, stop. Stop it already! You aren't going to walk into the gym, or go on your first run, and suddenly have abs or shoulders of steel. You need to know that you've just committed the rest of your life to this. Start small and measure your progress, because you are going to have days that you feel like you've conquered the universe and more days that you feel like your own biggest let down. That's why I recommend you keep your progress and also your goals handy. You never know when you'll need a fit-me-up!

You'll also need to get your knowledge on. Below is a useful resource for nutrition, and a great beginner's guide to fitness.



I'll say it again: No one can do it for you, but you don't have to do it alone! Check out what fit-spired local events your community is hosting and find a way to get involved. Within your community lies the opportunity to make friends while your find your fit self. What could possibly be better?

Until next time!


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