Chattajack Veterans! All you seasoned Chattajack veterans, you know the terrain, you know what Mother Nature can do and that the struggle is REAL, and you know the groove at basecamp and for the entirety of the weekend. You want to know what to expect in 2017 so this is for you! RACE FIELD: Expect to see a lot more people in the line-up with you. The field of racers is going to be a good bit larger this year. In 2015 & 2016 the water got pretty choppy off the start line wh
Of course being able to execute a strategy like this over a 5-8 hour race is easier said than done. We all know that completing a race like Chattajack requires a commitment to training. However the type of training you do is important and in the end, no matter what type of training program you do there are a few things that I’ve learned from experience make a difference. Here are four tips: Do your 2 km time controls. On a SUP they’ll take anywhere from 11 to 15 minutes.
If this is your inaugural Chattajack race and possibly your first time to paddle the Tennessee River Gorge here are a couple things that will hopefully make race weekend go smoothly for you! Friday STORAGE - Dropping off your board/boat at basecamp storage is a great idea and encouraged. Saturday morning will be crowded near basecamp and getting your vehicle close to basecamp for board/kayak drop will not be easy possibly resulting in a tiresome carry. RACE MAP (What are th
At some point the draft train is going to break apart and it’s going to become every paddler for his or herself. In 2015 at Chattajack it happened to our train in the last 1500m. In 2016 our train fell apart early with about 12 km to go. When the train falls apart it’s time to work on your own, or hang onto whatever wash you can for as long as you can until you can get to the finish on your own. When it comes to preparing for the finish of the race what you’re really tryin
We’ve all been a gypsy at one point in time or another, life was free and easy, nothing held us back. Our belongings fit in the back seat of a car… yeah…those were the days. The one thing that was always in the stash was a bottle opener unless you were the dude that used his or her teeth bless your heart. Point is, people need teeth therefore people need bottle openers. People also need to dominate and win trophies which is exactly why each division winner in the Hobo Squad F
Perpetual pursuit of taking Chattajack to the next level paid dividends with this year’s Chattajack finish line hardware. The medals for 2015 turned out like a medallion worthy of a congressional medal of honor recipient. Get across the finish line this year, throw a shaka to the sky, call mom and dad, then drop your head and prepare for some added weight as you don this puppy. Wear it to bed, to work, in the shower, to the club, down 5th, ice it up… Thanks again Mike Womack
Don’t forget to save a little in the tank for the final 300 meter sprint this year. As you come around Hale’s Bar Marina head slightly left making your way around the buoy to set yourself up for the final 300 meter sprint beside the long marina dock. You’ll probably have kids, spectators, cowbells, cameras, and crazies running beside you. There will be a 1-minute penalty for missing the ONLY buoy turn on the course. (distance between buoy and dock will be plenty sufficient fo
We’ve been able to keep things simple (stop-watch/buoy tag) during the first 2 years of Chattajack with timekeeping. With increasing numbers of racers and managing the accompanying timing data we’ve decided to go the electronic route beginning in 2014. The team at Scenic City Multisport is modernizing the Chattajack finish line with their state-of-the-art Jaguar timing system. We’ve also decided to make the finish line more fun for both racers as well as spectators. This year