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Why Chattanooga Track Club?

Chattanooga Thunder Track Club's Purpose

The Chattanooga Thunder Track Club, Inc. is committed to helping youth in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area lead healthier, happier lives; to provide opportunities to participate in sporting events, assist them in mastering their skills in order to obtain scholarships and/or participate in the Olympics.

The club will:

  - Promote health education and well-being through walking and running.



Promote athletic competition through track and cross-country races as well as other programs.



Encourage and support youth athletic participation through AAU and USATF events and instructional programs.
  - Support training for organized athletic competitions.




Chattanooga Thunder Track Club a USATF-Registered Club

USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track & field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the No. 1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States.

The mission of the USA Track & Field drives competitive excellence and popular engagement in our sport.

The USATF established grassroots programs, such as the Junior Olympics, to help develop future stars who will follow in the footsteps of Jeremy Wariner, Allyson Felix, Bryan Clay and others. The USATF Develops, selects and lead TEAM USA at the Olympics, World Championships ad more than 12 other international events each year. Roughly 700 athletes of all ages wear a Team USA uniform in any given year. The USATF promotes programs of training and competition for men, women, boys and girls of all ages and sanction more than 4,000 events each year.


Benefits of Track and Field

Exercise is an important part of kids growing up healthy. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that children get at least an hour of exercise everyday of the week. One way to get children involved in exercise is through the use of sports such as track and field. Track and field also provides a wide variety of events for children, which allows a child to sample new sports or focus on those in which she excels.

Source: LiveStrong.Com

“Sports are the greatest tool we have in today’s society to help children develop positive character traits and life values. No other place affords them the opportunity to soak up as many quality values as sports participation provides.”

by: Greg Bach, Vice President of Communications for the National Alliance for Youth Sports

Obesity in the last 30 years has more than doubled in young children and quadrupled in adolescents. Far too often, this leads to a host of chronic diseases later in life. We all know regular physical activity provides many benefits for children but it also promotes emotional well-being, instills values, and provides crucial LIFE LONG lessons about character, determination and integrity.

Source: 110athletics.com