Course certifier to ensure upcoming Chattanooga races measure up

Measuring a marathon takes more than you might think.

Organizers of the 4 Bridges Half Marathon and Chattanooga Marathon have heard remarks such as "you had one job" in the wake of their most recent events, both of which included races that came up slightly short of their advertised distances.

In reality, several people have a variety of responsibilities when it comes to ensuring a race course measures exactly 13.1 or 26.2 miles on race day when runners line up.

It all starts months in advance, though, and officials with 4 Bridges and its companion 7 Bridges Marathon are making sure that process starts as accurately as possible this year.

Motorists may have noticed Brandon Wilson's white Dodge Big Horn pickup truck making frequent stops around town this weekend.

Wilson, an internationally accredited course certifier with USA Track and Field, came to town in advance of October's 7 Bridges and 4 Bridges races to lay out a precisely measured course.