The Lookout Mountain 50 begins high atop the mountain at the spectacular Covenant College campus. The course offers a variety of challenging climbs, highly runnable sections and moderate descents on predominantly single track trails and other than a mile or so at the beginning to thin the field out, there are no roads. Runners traverse beautifully diverse ecosystems in the scenic and historic Chattanooga National Military Park, the first national military park in the country and passes directly above Craven's House and the Battle Above the Clouds, one of the most decisive battle sites in the Civil War. Runners navigate two exposed bluff lines with fantastic views. On one section of trail, it is possible to see 5 states on a clear day. Runners will follow or cross no less than 5 different creeks. One of them being Rock Creek, which leads the runners to Lula Lake Land Trust that winds through rhododendron, mixed hardwood, and Hemlock forests and the towering 120' Lula Falls. Great aid stations with hot soup, a dose of Southern hospitality and camp fires at night.
Very hilly, ~7500-12,500 feet in 50 miles
Substantial rocks, roots and/or ruts
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