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Why You Should Run the Rock/Creek Brow Beater Trail Race

The first Rock/Creek Brow Beater race is coming up on April 21st, and we are so excited to see what this brand new race will bring! The Brow Beater is unique among R/C races, offering our most beginner-friendly course ever as part of the inaugural Chattanooga Earth Day Festival. We’re partnering up with Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center to make this an amazing Earth Day that will offer something for everyone. Read on for the top three reasons to sign up for the first annual Brow Beater.

Reason #1: It’s a great intro to trail racing

With two distance options, three or seven miles, this race is designed to offer something for runners of all skill levels. If you’re new to trail running or just prefer a more laid-back course, the three mile race is Rock/Creek’s most beginner-friendly and family-oriented race ever. With only a couple hundred feet of elevation gain on a mix of trails and gravel roads, this route is perfect for running or hiking at any speed.

The seven mile option is more challenging, with about 800 feet of elevation gain, but this non-technical course is suitable for most skill levels. If you’ve been dabbling in running and want to test yourself on a low-to-mid-distance course, this is the perfect race to do just that.

Reason #2: Because it’s the best way to celebrate Earth Day

Since its start in 1970, Earth Day has been about people coming together from all walks of life to clean up and protect the planet we live on. At Rock/Creek, we try to embody that mission daily through our stewardship efforts, and to pass it on to everyone we meet.

Over the years, we’ve found that people who get out and appreciate the outdoors recreationally are more likely to take action to protect the environment. That’s why we think the best way to celebrate Earth Day is to spend a morning with your feet on the dirt exploring the beautiful forests of Lookout Valley. Plus, proceeds from the race will benefit Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, which provides outdoor conservation, recreation and education for the Chattanooga community.

Reason #3: To be part of the first ever Brow Beater Race and Chattanooga Earth Day Festival! 

Both the trail race and the festival are brand new events for 2018– and how cool would it be to take part in the inaugural year? The whole day will be jam-packed with fun for all ages: The Brow Beater race will take place in the morning, to be followed immediately by Reflection Riding’s annual Native Plant Sale. Afterward, stick around for food trucks, live music, gear demos, educational programs, hot air balloon rides and an evening film screening. Plus, enjoy pints from Chattanooga Brewing Company and samples from our pals at Chattanooga Whiskey.

Whether you come for the Brow Beater race or for the Earth Day festivities (and we fully recommend both), we’re certain that you and your family will find something to love at Reflection Riding on April 21st. We hope you’ll join us in making this Rock/Creek’s best Earth Day yet.

For information on becoming a member of Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, visit their website.