Chattanooga’s prime location in the Southeast along the beautiful Tennessee River makes us an ideal open water swim destination. We’re conveniently located within a 2-hour drive from many major cities in the Southeast, and if you’re flying to the race our local airport is well-equipped to serve you. 

Coming by Car? There are three major highways that merge in Chattanooga: I-24, I-75 and I-59. Athletes coming from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, Birmingham and Huntsville can all be in Chattanooga in about 2 hours. Click here for directions. 

Coming by Plane? CHA is just 15 minutes from Downtown Chattanooga and only a few minutes from Hamilton Place Mall. This airport is easy and quick with professional service to match. The airport has direct flights to eight cities and one stop service to 1,000 cities. Click here for flight information. 

Where to Stay? Chattanooga has a variety of hotel options available to meet all of your travel needs. Enjoy the race and all of the outdoor fun that Chattanooga has to offer, then kick back and relax in one of our convenient hotels. Scroll down for special rates from our partner hotels.

What to See? Families of all sizes can enjoy the sights, sounds and atmosphere of Chattanooga. From Coolidge Park’s expansive green space and hand-carved carousel, to the eclectic shops of the North Shore, to world-renowned attractions like the Tennessee Aquarium and Rock City, Chattanooga has something for everyone. For more information on planning your visit, click here

Where to Eat? Chattanooga’s dining and drink scene is full of local flavor, with homegrown restaurants ranging from casual to fine dining. Plus, many Chattanooga restaurants boast menus featuring fresh ingredients from local farms. To check out some dining options, click here.

Partner Hotels - note that these special rates are good for a limited time.

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Chattanooga Choo Choo ● 1400 Market Street, 37402 ● (423) 266-5000
Rate: $129 per night. Tax and applicable parking fees not included. Good thru 5/11/18. 

This historic hotel is located on 16 acres in the hub of the Southside. It’s conveniently located 2 miles from race headquarters and is within walking distance of many locally owned restaurants. To book the event group rate, call 423-266-5000.


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Holiday Inn & Suites ● 434 Chestnut Street, 37402 ● (423) 777-5858
Rate: $129 per night. Tax and applicable parking fees not included. 
Good thru 4/31/18 for Southern Zone and 6/1/18 for Rat Race.    

Located downtown less than 2 miles from race headquarters. A complimentary hot buffet breakfast is just one of the many amenities this hotel offers.      BOOK NOW


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Marriott Residence Inn ● 215 Chestnut Street, 37402 ● 423-755-6139
Rate: $164 per night. Tax and applicable parking fees not included. Good thru 5/11/18.  

Offering Studios or 1 Bedroom Suites with fully equipped kitchens, and conveniently located in the heart of downtown less than 2 miles from race headquarters. A complimentary hot buffet breakfast is also available.          BOOK NOW


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Clarion Inn ● 3641 Cummings Highway, 37419 ● 423-308-0116
Rate: $89 per night. Tax and applicable parking fees not included. Good thru 4/30/18.

This hotel is an easy 8 mile drive (approximately 12 minutes) from race headquarters. Free breakfast, a Walmart across the street, and plenty of fast food restaurants close by makes for a convenient and affordable stay.         BOOK NOW FOR RAT RACE
                                                                       BOOK NOW FOR SOUTHERN ZONES


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The Crash Pad ● 29 Johnson Street, 37408 ● 423-648-8393
Rate: $35 Super Bunk/$85 Private Room. Tax and applicable parking fees not included.
Good through 6/1/18.         BOOK NOW

Better suited for Rat Race participants, this “Uncommon Hostel” offers a different hotel experience. The Crash Pad is a fusion of boutique hotel, inexpensive hostel budget and community atmosphere located in the heart of the Southside. It’s just 2.5 miles from race headquarters and within walking distance from the new Station Street and The Flying Squirrel restaurant/bar. A free DIY breakfast and use of the full kitchen is included.