The Rock/Creek Trail Race Series kicks off River Rocks this year with the Stump Jump 50K and 11 mile races on October 1st. This is the 10th year for the Stump Jump, one of the more popular races in the series. All of the race positions are currently filled but that does not mean there are not opportunities to be a part of Stump Jump. There is a vendor fair on Friday, September 30 and the North Face Speaker Series will present ultrarunner Diane van Deren as the guest speaker. Proceeds from these events benefit Wild Trails.
The Rock/Creek Trail Series Stump Jump 50K and 11 mile trail races will be held on October 2nd. This is the 9th year for this woodland race and the event has grown considerably over the years. For the first time the race organizers, Wild Trails, have decided to set a cut off date for registration with a cap of 800 race participants. Both races begin and end at the Signal Mountain High School. The 11 mile race will welcome 300 racers with a course heading out to Edwards Point. The 50K race will be limited to 500 participants.
All proceeds from the Stump Jump will benefit Wild Trails, a local nonprofit that supports the expansion and use of local trail systems. Part of the mission of Wild Trails includes preservation of our natural resources and promoting the development of sustainable trails. Promoting the use of these trails for recreation and the improved health of our citizens is accomplished through a series of events, including the Stump Jump.
As part of the River Rocks festivities, the vendor fair, Stump Jump packet pickup and Carbo Dinner for the 50K participants has moved to Coolidge Park on the north shore of the Tennessee River. The guest speaker for the dinner is Jen Pharr Davis, professional hiker and current holder of the Women’s Appalachian Trail Record.
October first through the tenth will be a busy time in the Tennessee Valley. There are over 90 events planned around the Chattanooga area with an emphasis on outdoor sports and activities. All of these events are being featured as part of a new festival centered in Chattanooga. River Rocks is a celebrates a healthy lifestyle and the conservation of our natural resources that provide for so many great opportunities to get outside and play. There will be sports events, music, shows, and more for outdoor enthusiasts and spectators.