In 2001, local runner and climber Matt Sims established the region's first competitive trail races with the River Gorge 10.2 mile and Stump Jump 50k trail races. Since then, the popularity of trail-running has exploded to which Bad Beard Events has responded with beautiful, well-managed races that benefit both our community and our natural surroundings.
It is the intention Bad Beard Events to provide the Southeast region and our local community with unique trail racing experiences for, not only top-tier athletes but those interested in running on trails for the very first time. From the ultra-distance to the 10k our Trail Series is meant to encourage, introduce, and challenge all runners to experience the incredible trails and natural wonders in Chattanooga's backyard.
With contributions from our long-standing industry sponsors, as well as, some of our most trusted local companies, all races within Bad Beard Events will benefit a designated non-profit organization committed to the preservation, maintenance, and protection of the land within which our races take part.