Wild Trails will host a Road Runners Club of America Ultramarathon Championship 50-mile race on Lookout Mountain Dec. 16.


In addition, there will be a 20-miler and a 10K, also on the beautiful trails of scenic and historic Lookout Mountain.

The 20-miler starts with the 50-miler and follows the route of the first half of the 50. The 10K takes place on gorgeous cross-country trails around Covenant College.

The 50 begins at Covenant College and offers a variety of challenging climbs, highly runnable sections and moderate descents on predominately single-track trails.

The 2017 course is new, so if you’ve run it in previous years, it will be different this time. Other than for a mile or so at the beginning, the race is not on roads. The run will traverse diverse ecosystems in the Lookout Mountain unit of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, and pass near Cravens House and the site of the Civil War Battle Above the Clouds. Runners will navigate two exposed bluff lines with fantastic views and follow or cross no less than five creeks.

One of them, Rock Creek, will lead runners to the Lula Lake Land Trust property as it winds through rhododendron, mixed hardwood and hemlock forests, and past the 120-foot-high Lula Falls. Add to this great aid stations offering hot soup, a dose of Southern hospitality and nighttime campfires.

The 20- and 50-milers will both start at 7:30 a.m., with the 10K starting at 8.

Costs are $105 for the 50-miler, $65 for the 20-miler and $55 for the 10K.

Online registration will close at noon Eastern time Wednesday or once the maximum field is reached, whichever comes first. The 50-mile race is limited to the first 400 who sign up.

Race day registration will be available if the races don’t fill up at a cost of $115 for the 50-miler, $75 for the 20-miler and $65 for the 10K.

All participants are required to carry some form of hydration.

Race proceeds benefit Wild Trails, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the use, protection and expansion of nature trails in the Chattanooga area.

Click here for more information about the race.