Chattanooga Track Club

Members of the Chattanooga Track Club presented a check to the 6th Cavalry Museum during the Fort Oglethorpe City Council meeting Nov. 27. (Catoosa News photo/Adam Cook)

Fort Oglethorpe's historic 6th Cavalry Museum received a generous gift on Nov. 27 when members of the Chattanooga Track Club donated proceeds from its Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon in the amount of $1,530.

Chattanooga Track Club President Jenni Berz spoke at the Nov. 27 Fort Oglethorpe City Council meeting and praised the city's support for the marathon, which took place on Veteran's Day (Nov. 11).

"It takes a lot of resources to put on this race successfully and we want to formally thank the city of Fort Oglethorpe for all of your support," Berz said. "Without the help of your police department, your fire department, your public works, and of course with guidance of Council woman Paula Stinnett, the Fort Oglethorpe Tourism Association, and Chris McKeever, we could not do this event well."

Berz says the Chattanooga Track Club's mission is to support running and overall fitness with community involvement.

"This is one of our biggest fundraisers, which supports our mission," Berz said. "These races keep people motivated and inspire to a healthy lifestyle, so thank you. I think we've showcased your city well."

The event included 331 registered participants for the 5k, which is up 10-percent from the previous year.

Officials also said 12 states were represented by runners with 1,709 total runners among the event's four races.

"This year we're able to make a donation of $1,530 to the museum because of all the great support," Berz said.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.