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Chattanooga Bound

Folks who can’t get enough Nashville were rightfully disappointed when the organizers of the Old Hickory Fun Run, Bar Crawl and Raft Up announced in December 2019 their event just outside the fabled Music City was going to be absorbed into a Chattanooga Poker Run set for July 31-August 1 this year. Chattanooga is by all accounts a very fine hospitable city in the Volunteer State, but it’s not Nashville, not by a long shot.

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Looking for a different poker-run adventure this season? Check out Chattanooga. Photo courtesy/copyright Devin Wozencraft/Wozencraft Insurance Agency.

Chattanooga is home to one of the world’s largest freshwater aquariums. Nashville is home to the entire popular music world.

And that said, I can’t wait to head to Chattanooga this summer to cover its poker run.

Because it’s different. It’s new to me. And I love that. I dig that I’ve only been there once and won’t have a clue about where to go and what to do when not covering the poker run. Naturally, there is some comfort in revisiting familiar places. But the trade-off for that comfort is discovery.

I’m also sure that with organizers Justin Lucas and Chad Collier and Gerald Brown leading the way, the Chattanooga happening will produce a fine event. Lucas and Collier were the guys behind the Old Hickory happening, and Lucas also spearheads the annual Lake Cumberland Thunder Run in Kentucky. (The guy just gets things done.) Brown is the “boots on the ground” guy in Chattanooga. There is no way—as in zero—this team fails to produce a worthwhile event.

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