The Georgia Death Race is a point-to-point ultramarathon trail race in North Georgia. The race is 60ish miles (last year some clocked it around 64ish? Maybe just a bit longer this year?) with close to 35,000 feet of elevation change, starting at Vogel State Park and finishing at Amicalola Falls State Park. Starting the race at 4:00 a.m. allows runners of all speeds to be on top of Duncan Ridge on the Duncan Ridge Trail for the sunrise. From here you will see the sun rise over the back of Brasstown Blad, the highest point in Georgia. With the leaves off the trees the sunrise will light up the surrounding mountains and valleys that make up Northern Georgia. This, in it self, makes it worth it to run the race. The first 8 miles has close to 3,500 feet of elevation change. Including the 2,300 ft climb over 3.8 miles up to the summit of Coosa Bald.
Other course highlights include views from random points along the trail of mountains as far as you can see, the Toccoa Swinging Bridge, Amicalola Falls, the remote Benton Mackaye and Duncan Ridge Trails, and a beautiful wide open field with close to unobstructed views of the mountains some 37 miles in. Not to mention this race is hard as nails.
While the point of the race is for it to be hard, the real reason for this race is to showcase two of the greatest parks in the country as well as create an experience that you will never forget. The sheer beauty of this race masks the difficulty of the terrain.
HERE IS THE GPS DATA ON THE ENTIRE COURSE
$100 cash prize for whomever picks up the most trash on the course.
WHEN: March 15-16, 2014
WHERE: Starting in Vogel State Park, finishing in Amicalola State Park (GA)
WHO: Only the most daring! (Must have completed a 50k in the alloted time within one year of the 2014 Georgia Death Race)
REGISTRATION: Will open on Sept. 3, 2013 at 11AM EST on UltraSignup
*NO Refunds, Transfers, or deferments. NO EXCEPTIONS.*
" I enjoyed nearly every single moment of this race. The course was AWESOME even the parts I as cursing. I really like what you’ve done here, Run Bum! A beautiful and really challenging course a key aspects in any successful ultramarathon. I may even call this my favorite ultra I’ve ever run. DEFINITELY the perfect first 100k for me! " -Rachel Corrigan
"The Georgia Death Race was fantastically beautiful and went remarkably well..." -Lee Conner
"The GDR community was great. A facebook event page made for playful banter before the race and the small field had that ultra-family feel. I think the vast majority of ultras should stay like that. Sean RunBum did a great job for a first year ultra." -Rudy Rutemiller
"No race has ever hurt so much, or felt so rewarding to me... March 16 in Georgia, however, I learned how much I can really suffer, and apparently I can suffer quite a bit... When I collapsed into that chair at the finish line, I knew I had worked my ass off for the finish." -Guy Love
"Childbirth was far easier than the GDR." -A few female finishers from 2013
"Georgia Death Race, I now know why it’s called this, I felt like death hit me with a baseball bat by the time I finished the race. It seems the State of Georgia does not believe in switch backs. I went into the race thinking that it can’t be as hard as the race director is making it out to be….boy I was wrong!" -Marc Griffin
"The race was well done. The terrain was extremely challenging and beautiful. The aid stations workers and radio operators were all friendly and helpful. The course was exceptionally well marked and whenever I started to worry if I was in the right place I found a marker." -Denise Davis
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE RACE!
IF there is anything else please email Sean@RunBum.com
Start at Vogel State Park Visitors Center
Finish at Amicalola Falls State Park Visitors Center
The race is 68 ish miles in length with 35,000 + ft of elevation change. The course will be about 2 miles longer than last year.
The only change that has been made to the course is that runner will now take some single track from the top of Winding Stair Gap to the bottom of Jake/bull aid station. Again ALL distance is approximate. So please do not come up to use before or after the race frustrated about distance. We will call you a little girl in front of everyone!
The course is as follows and you can see this on National Geographic Map 777:
Start at Vogel State Park in Blairsville, Ga
Head counter clockwise on the Coosa Backcountry Trail
At the Duncan Ridge Trail take a hard right.
Follow this until Rhodes Mountain and the intersection with the Benton Mackaye Trail.
Turn right onto the Benton Mackaye Trail.
Hit Skeenah Gap on the BMT and turn around.
Head back up to Rhodes Mountain and turn right on the BMT/DRT
Head over Highway GA 60
Take the FS road 816 on the other side of GA 60.
Follow this until you hit the BMT/DRT again.
Turn right onto the BMT/DRT.
At the big field turn HARD left and down to a T gate.
Follow the road on the other side of the T gate. This is FS 251B
251B dead ends into FS 251. Turn Right and follow this until it dead ends into FS 58
Turn LEFT at FS 58 (Noontala Rd) and head up hill.
At the 4 way intersection (Winding Stair Gap) head Diagonally right and down the other side following FS 77
Coming down FS 77 you will bear left onto to now use the Jake/Bull mountain trails. FS 77 to 223L. 223L to FS 77 to 223E to FS 872. Then FS 872 to FS83 and 223F. 223F will take runners back to FS 83. Runners turn RIGHT on FS 83 and then RIGHT onto FS 28-1. Runners then turn RIGHT onto Nimblewill Church Rd. They then follow this road as it changes names to Nimblewill Gap Rd and then turns into FS 28-2. At Nimblewill Gap runners turn LEFT onto FS 46 and follow this back to Amicalola Falls State Park. You take a left off of FS 46 as you enter the park and run across the old lake bed. You take a left on Falls Rd and head to the East Ridge Trail. Then turn right down the approach trail to the back of the Visitors Center. Then they turn right to go up to Shelter #2 aka the finish.
Again you can see this on the National Geographic Map 777 and on the Garmin Data
What to know when pacing it:
First 8 miles is 4,000 ft of elevation change.
First 38 miles has about 27,000 ft of elevation change.
Then you have 8 miles of rolling FS road
Now you have a hard down hill on single track/ old dirt road beds.
At mile 52 you hit Jake Bull. Its 3 miles of flat on pavement/gravel then you start the 4 ish mile HELL climb up to the top of Nimblewill Gap
Every runner can tell you this is the hardest climb of the entire course. It never ends!
Then from Nimblewill its 6 miles of flat/downhill into the park. Then its 1,000 ft down in the last mile down the East Ridge Trail in Amicalola
State Park to the finish.
Aid Station locations:
Mile 8 White Oak Stomp/Coosa
Mile 13 Mulky Gap
Mile 21.5 Skeenah Gap (crew access)
Mile 28 Point Bravo (crew access)
Mile 31 Toccoa Bridge (minor as in just water and gatorade)
Mile 39 Long Creek
Mile 45 Winding Stair Gap (crew access)
Mile 53 Jake Bull (crew access)
Mile 61 Nimblewill
Mile 68 Finish
For mid pack runners aid stations are 1:30 -3 hours apart so please make sure everything is full when you leave each aid station!
Aid stations will contain most of the following
pb n j
basically this is all normal aid station fare
Each aid station will be different with what it has so start with as much of your comfort foods as you can.. ie gels etc... if you are picky.
You need this for check in as well as to have ALL of this fo the duration of the course including headlamps! We will do random gear checks which could result in disqualification from the race!
1 weather proof jacket
1 thermal top
1 warm hat (beanie or buff)
1 pair warm gloves
1 map of the race to be handed out at packet pick up
1 working headlamp or torch
1 capacity for carry water/getting water at aid stations
1 space blanket
You can only drop at the following places if not you will die/will not have a ride out!!!
Mulky Gap aid station mile 13
Skeenah Gap mile 21.5
Point Bravo Mile 28
Jake Bull Mile 53
So realize that if you think you may not make it from mile 28-53 then you need to drop then and there!!!
AS WITH MOST RACES... if you drop you are now low priority. Runners take priority unless you have a life
threatening emergency. So prepare to wait. This means you need to stay warm, keep calm and continued
to eat/hydrate. Try to get a ride with some of the crews. We will have 1 van that will take everyone at the
end of when the aid station closes. This could be 3-4 hours just FYI. This is again why it is important to
You are allowed pacers at mile 45 onwards. This is Winding Stair Gap. You may in no way shape or form have a pacer before then. We have a permit limit for people on the Benton Mackaye Trail and we can not have ANYONE else on there!
Pacers are running on their own accord and we are not responsible for them WHAT SO EVER!
Drop bags will be taken to the following places during the race.
Point Bravo mile 28 ish
Jake / Bull Mile 52 ish
Please allow all the runners to come through before we collect drop bags and bring them to the finish. Do not put anyhting of value in there you are not prepared to lose.
Cut off times
Point Bravo mile 28. 12 hours
Winding Stair Gap mile 45 = 17 hours
Jake Bull mile 52 = 19 hours
Nimblewill mile 61 = 22 hours
Finish 24 hours
Subject to change
Where to stay
Vogel State Park and Amicalola State Park BOTH have some amazing cabins. Amicalola has the lodge which is an EPIC place to stay.
You then also have hotels in Blairsville some 6 miles down the road.
If you have some stuff at the star
The shuttle takes you from the finish to the start.
The shuttle will ONLY leave at the following times to return to the start.
This is a list of dumb things people did last year:
Don't leave your car keys in a drop bag unless its the finish drop bag
Don't have your flight leave until late Sunday or Monday. We had 2 people miss flights because the race took
them 6 hours longer than thet anticipated!
Don't put anything of value in your drop bag as we are not responsible.
Don't be a jerk to the volunteers
March weather in the N Ga mtns is UPREDICTIBLE at best. It could be in the 70s or could be snowing so please bring all the extra gear with you and decide the night before the race what you are going to wear.
Friday March 14th, 2014 at Vogel State Park
5-7 pm: Packet pick up and MANDATORY PRE RACE MEETING at 7 pm.
Catered dinner to those who come. Jim's Smokin Que aka the best bbq in the world! this is free with your entry.
At covered group shelter by the lake at Vogel State Park
YOU MUST BRING ALL MANDATORY GEAR AND A PHOTO ID TO GET CHECKED TO GET YOUR BIB!!! NO EXCEPTIONS!
No race day packet pick up
Pre race check in at start 4:30am-4:50
5 am race start or as we call it the beginning of the end of you
5 am RACE OFFICIALY OVER!
12 noon awards at finish line
No going off course
No cutting course
No dropping at aid stations other than Point Bravo, Skeenah Gap and Jake/Bull.
No abuse to anyone involved with the race
You must follow all laws and traffic laws
You must help an injured runner
No being a jerk
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS. IT TAKES 75 volunteers to put on this race!