7 Bridges Marathon


October 20, 2019

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!

Running, for Kids

Sedentary lifestyles are clearly a problem these days, and many children are paying the price with obesity, diabetes and other health concerns. If you want to help your kids lead long and healthy lives, getting them into running is a great way to go. Here are some tips for the journey.

Make It Fun
Always prioritize fun running with your kids, and never use running as a punishment. You’ll foster better health and a love for the sport when you encourage your kids to participate and try their best. Whether they run or run and walk, let them know that their best is good enough and the point is to have some fun.

Teach Proper Technique
Don’t make running about speed or winning. Instead, teach your kids early on to improve their form to avoid bad habits later on. Common bad habits youth develop include excessive arm movements, twisting their upper body, and over striding.

Celebrate Participation
Don’t encourage your kids to be competitive about running before they’re teens. While they’re young, they need the encouragement to try and persevere for the fun and health of it—not a trophy.

Know Their Strengths and Limits
All children mature at different rates both physically and emotionally. Always have them run distances they are comfortable with, and don’t panic if they aren’t on par with their peers. This is about developing healthy habits for life.

Join us on October 16, 2016 for the Seven Bridges Marathon and register your kids for the 2 Bridges 5K or 1K Fun Run!

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