Before January 31
After January 31
Marathon Description: 1st half is Hell, 2nd half is Heaven
The race begins at the staging area and heads north with 400 feet of vertical climb up a gravel service road into Unicoi State Park. Follow the rolling hills down into Unicoi and turn right onto the Bottoms Loop Trail. From here, you will climb up to GA HWY 356 at mile 3 and will turn left to cross over the Smith Creek Dam. Get a nice view of the water as you run along the Lake Trail making your way to your first aid station at mile 4.5. Refuel here whether you need it or not: the next, fully-stocked aid station is uphill 8 miles away at the 12.5 mile mark (though there is also a smaller aid station with water only at the 9.5 mile mark). From the first aid station, you will road run up Anna Ruby Falls Road toward the the falls and the Anna Ruby Falls Visitor Center. The Visitor Center and this road section will be closed to cars due to park hours. Get a good view of the falls and drop back onto the trail system by taking the Smith Creek Trail to the next trail intersection and our very limited aid station (water only) at mile mark 9.5. Push up the climb on FS 690 toward our second complete aid station at mile mark 12.5. From this aid station. you will make the final push to the turnaround at the intersection of Tray Mountain Road and the Appalachian Trail. You’re at mile 15 and you're done climbing! Make you way back through the forest toward the last aid station you came from less than 3 miles away. Continue downhill on FS 690 into Unicoi State Park. You will have two more aid stations before making the final 3-mile push to the finish to enjoy a victory beer and soak your feet in the Chattahoochee River.
Marathon - Course Profile
All aid stations (except First Blood) will have water, sport drink (TBD), chips, cookies, fruit, jelly beans, etc.
|Name||Mile||Distance Between Aid Stations||Crew Access||Runner/Crew Notes|
|Roadkill||4.35||4.35||Yes||Covered pavillion right before you join road to Anna Ruby (after beach)- very crew friendly|
|First Blood||9.63||5.28||No||Micro aid station - only water for those who REALLY need it. This is 1.5 miles in the woods. We have to manually hike any water/foot in and out!! Get only what you need. Next aid station (Hairpin) is a fully stocked aid station.|
|Tray||15.13||2.75||SUV/Truck only||Access via Tray Mountain Road (off hwy 75). Aid station is approx 7.8 miles up the road. Takes about 45 minutes from Helen to reach the top. This is a BAD road. Only trucks and SUVs will be able to make it up the road. 4x4 vehicles are preferred. If you do not have a truck or SUV, DO NOT ATTEMPT to reach this aid station.|
|First Blood||20.63||2.75||No||Micro aid station - only water for those who REALLY need it. This is 1.5 miles in the woods. We have to manually hike any water/foot in and out!!|
|Bear Trap||21.88||1.25||Yes||At the intersection of Smith Creek and FS 690 trails - Park at the visitor center (in campground) and walk approx .3 miles to aid station. Or cheer for your runner from the visitor center!|
|Field||23.38||1.5||Yes||Best crew aid station spot - lots of parking and room to spread out!|