Mocs Volunteer at FCA 5K on Labor Day

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- While most people enjoyed the long weekend and slept in on Labor Day, several members of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics department showed up before daylight at Chattanooga State to take part in the 25th annual FCA Road Race.

The Chattanooga women’s soccer team arrived early for a breakfast of bagels and coffee in the parking lot as the rains fell. This marks the 12th straight year of volunteering by the Mocs who, by the way, were on the road this weekend arriving home Sunday night after a physical and close match at Alabama State.

The Mocs have performed in various roles through the years including working the registration booth and directing runners along the 5K race path, and for the first time this year, a 10K course.

Also volunteering from UTC this weekend was several members of the cross country and track and field teams. On Friday and Saturday, the Mocs handed out FCA packets to runners at the Front Runner store in Hixson while four more helped along the route and at the finish line Monday morning.

Spotted along the way during the race was women’s tennis head coach Jeff Clark who ran in the 5K while wrestling head coach Heath Eslinger ran the 10K while pushing his son Carson in the stroller.

The cross country team will open the season Friday evening at the PowerAde Invitational at the Moccasin Bend Race Course. The event begins at 5 p.m. with the women’s two-mile race followed by the men’s 5K.

The women’s soccer team will return home this weekend to host UNC Asheville in a 2 p.m. matchup at Finley Stadium. Admission is free to both events.


Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) has challenged athletes and coaches to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA is cultivating Christian principles in local communities nationwide by encouraging, equipping and empowering others to serve as examples and to make a difference. Reaching nearly two million people annually on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels, FCA has grown into the largest sports ministry in the world. FCA’s efforts are focused on our Four C’s of Ministry: Coaches, Campus, Camps and Community. - See more at:


VISION To see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of athletes and coaches.


MISSION To present to athletes and coaches, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.


VALUES Integrity – Serving – Teamwork – Excellence - See more at:

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