2016 Georgia Death Race



$750 to overall male/female

$500 2nd

$250 3rd


To register go to :




WHEN: March 19-20, 2016 8 am to 8 am




WHO: To qualify for the GDR you must have run an official 50k or longer race within 365 days of the GDR and or you must have finished an OCR/adventure event lasting 12 hours or more. Questions about qualifiers may be sent to INFO@RunBumTours.com


*NO Refunds, Transfers, or deferments. NO EXCEPTIONS.*





The Georgia Death Race is a point-to-point ultramarathon trail race in North Georgia. The race is 68ish miles  with close to 40,000 feet of elevation change, starting at Vogel State Park and finishing at Amicalola Falls State Park. Starting the race at 8:00 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 the North Georgia Mountain trails as well as create an experience that you will never forget. The sheer beauty of this race masks the difficulty of the terrain.

Included in the entry fee are 10 fully stocked aid stations in the middle of no where, a 68 mile point to point course, a unique tee, some photos (if our photographers take photos of you), a Death Race Spike (only if you finish), hot meal (catered) ), and everything else that comes with doing a 68 mile course in the mountains.



$100 cash prize for whomever picks up the most trash on the course.





This was a runner-submitted, approximate map of the 2013 course... For 2015, some modifications will be made, so stay tuned!

Pre-race video from 2013:

From the 2013 GDR Race Reports:



" 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






If there is anything else please email INFO@RUNBUMTOURS.COM



Start:   Vogel State Park Visitors Center  8:00 AM SHARP

Finish:   Amicalola Falls State Park Visitors Center 


How to get there:

Closest airport is Atlanta Harsfield International Airport whichi is aprox 2 hours 15 mins from Vogel.


Vogel State Park

405 Vogel State Park Rd,

Blairsville, GA 30512

(706) 745-2628


Amicalola Falls State Park

418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Road
Dawsonville, GA 30534




The race

The race is  68 ish miles in length with 40,000  ft of elevation change.

 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 Amicalola Falls State Park Visitors Center. Run .25 miles up the road to the base of the falls. You will run up the approach trail. 604 stairs and 1,000 ft oc climbing in the first 3/4 of a mile.

Turn right at the top of the falls on the paved path that leads up over the falls and up more stairs. Turn RIGHT again to head past the vending machines and to the EAST RIDGE Trail. Now it is 1,000 ft back down the East Ridge Trail/service road over 1.5 miles and back to the entrance of the park. At the main road you will turn right at the Kiosk. head .2 miles and turn left to head up the 25% grade road to the top of the falls. This is 1,000 ft in 1 mile. The first 4 miles has 3,000+ft of gnarly elevation change.

You now will stay on the road towards the cabins and turn right onto HIGH SHOALS RD. Follow this eventually turning right again to stay on USFS 46 all the way to Nimblewill Gap.


At Nimblewill Gap, aid station #1, you will turn right onto USFS 28-2. You will head all the way down. 1,200 over 3 miles or so. Then you have 1.5 miles of flat dirt road until you hit paved road.  This is Nimblewill Gap Rd. You will head aprox 2 miles down the paveed road and turn LEFT just after Nimblewill Church on your left.  This will have a brown with white lettered FS sign. Turn here at FS 28. You will go down hill for .25 miles and have the Jake/Bull aid station on your left. You will then continue about 6.5 miles up hill on USFS 28 and staying right onto USFS 77. This will take you all the way to winding stair gap. 

At winding stair gap you will have Aid station #3.

From here head straigh across and down hill onto USFS 58 (Noontootla Rd). You will go aprox 2 miles down hill and turn RIGHT at your first road. This is USFS 251. It goes up hill. Stay on the MAIN gravel road about 4.5 miles until you hit aid station #4, Long Creek. Turn LEFT at 251-B. Head 1 miles until you come though a T gate. HUG the treeline to your right and you will dead end into the Benton Mackaye Trail (WHITE VERTICAL DIAMOND). TURN RIGHT!!! Follow the BMT 4.5 miles until you hit Sapling Gap aid station #5.

Continue anohter 4.5 miles on the BMT over the swinging bridge and up over Tooni Mountain. You will cross over a dirt road. DO NOT RUN DOWN THE GRAVEL ROAD like we have done in the past.

You will eventually hit GA 60 and where Point Bravo, our 6th aid station.


From Point Bravo you will have 4.5 miles up hill on the Benton Mackaye Trail until the Duncan Ridge Trail and Benton Mackay Trail split. STAY TO THE RIGHT!!! Take the Duncan Ridge Trail (vertical Blue Blaze). Follow this  another 4.5 miles to Fish Gap. Fish Gap is AS #7.

From fish Gap stay on the DRT until you hit White Oak stomp. This will be aid station #8. From here follow the DRT to the top of Coosa Bald. You will come downhill slightly from the top and it will open into a double track trail for maybe .1 miles and then you turn LEFT onto the COOSA Back country trail. Its 2,200 ft down to the bottom of coosa. From white oak you have 8.5 miles to the finish!


At the bottom you will have Wolf creek bail out. last chance to drop. Its 3.5 miles to the finish. maily up hill.


You will finish in vogel next to the lake... IF YOU FINISH




Again you can see this on the National Geographic Map 777





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





NO GELS or PACKAGED FOODS as we are a green race!

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.




Mandatory Gear:

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 (HIGHLY recommended seam sealed jacket)

1 thermal top

1 warm hat (beanie or buff)

1 whistle

1 working headlamp or torch with extra batteries

1 capacity for carry water (minimum 22oz)/getting water at aid stations

1 space blanket



Dropping out:

You can only drop at the following places if not you will die/will not have a ride out!!!

Jake/Bull aid station

Winding Stair Gap

Point Bravo

Mulky Gap


So realize that if you think you may not make it from mile 38-46 then you need to drop then and there!!! The stretch from Point Bravo to Fish Gap can only be described as where god crushes you down and while satan whispers in your ear.

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




We encourage ALL runners to have a crew or share a crew. This is EXTREMELY helpful if you have to drop or need extra attention that our

already busy volunteers can not help you with.

Crew may access runners at the following aid stations





Any crew caught driving along winding stair gap road/USFS 77 and Noontootla Rd/USFS 58 will be disqualified from the race. IF you are in doubt as to where to drive please ask before the race or ask the aid station.


First of all please buy National Geographic Map 777 as google maps doesnt work the best for these logging roads.

NOTE: these directions are for the crew to follow the runner though the race.





Safety runners:

This is not a pacer!

If you want to be eligible for prizes/top 5 then you may not use a safety runner. If you do then you will be moved out of the top 5 and not given any prize money etc. 

You are allowed one safety runner at a time starting at mile 46 ish WINDING STAIR GAP onwards. You may in no way shape or form have a pacer before there.

Pacers are running on their own accord and we are not responsible for them WHAT SO EVER! This means they must carry their own food, water etc.


Drop Bags:

Drop bags will be taken to the following places during the race. 

We will collect drop bags for LONG CREEK/ Point Bravo at the packet pick up the ngiht beofre the race only!!! THIS IS AT AMICALOLA FALLS STATE PARK. PLEASE LABEL IT WITH YOUR NAME, # and where you want it to go!

Point Bravo mile 43ish

Jake/Bull  Mile 30 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. Anything perishable/ we think is of no value will be thrown away/ donated to charity. ipso facto if you put stuff in a drop bag... we are not responsible and you may not get it back!  We had a dumb dumb put their car keys in their drop one year and NEVER make it to her drop. She missed a flight and was mad.




CUTOFFTIMES/Aid station matrix





















Subject to change however the RD sees fit  for the safety of the race, runners, volunteers etc.

The RD and any race staff reserves the right to pull any racer at any time for any reason.


Where to stay

Amicalola State Park has some amazing cabins/a full lodge. Amicalola has the lodge which is an EPIC place to stay.

You then also have hotels in Blairsville some 6 miles down the road from Vogel State Park.



The shuttle

It is $15 to take the shuttle as we are renting buses. This is purchased through ultra sign up or at the race start/finish.

You will be given a ticket to hand to the bus driver. No ticket no ride.

The shuttle takes you from the finish to the start BEFORE THE RACE!!!

The shuttle will ONLY leave at the following times to return to the start.

5:45-6:00 am from VOGEL STATE PARK

There will only be 4 buses so if you miss this then you hae to drive to the start and may not find a ride back after the race.








Don't dos

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 litter

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.



Weekend Schedule

Friday March 13th, 2015 at Amicalola Falls State Park Lodge

5-7 pm: Packet pick up and MANDATORY PRE RACE MEETING at 6 pm or 7pm.




No race day packet pick up


Pre race check in at start 7:00-7:50 am

8 am race start or as we call it the beginning of the end of you






***Times subject to change due to USFS/RD/safety***






No litering

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 100+ volunteers to put on this race!




Directions for crew access.
Again you need National Geographic Map 777

Amicalola State Park to Winding Stair Gap: 1 hour 15 minute drive
Right onto 52 out of park entrance.  Sharp right onto Southern Rd 3.2 mi
Right to stay on southern rd. .7m
RIGHT on Roy Rd 1.6m
Left onto Lowman rd 1 m
Left onto Roy Rd 1.6m
Right onto Doublehead Gap Rd 2.1m
Turn right towards Blueridge Wildlife management area/spring mtn / USFS 42 (there will be mountain bikers here so drive slowly and watch out!)
Stay straight and head until you see the intersections of winding stair gap. DO NO block road, runners, signs etc.

Winding Stair Gap to Point Bravo
50 minute drive
Head out USFS 42 Away from the direction you drove in on. This was the way you were coming following the directions above to winding stair gap.
Again you will need to watch out for mountain bikers!

Go 3.6 miles on USFS 42 and turn LEFT onto what is called Rock Creek Rd/USFS 69 (not sure if it is labeled.) BUT you will know this because this is hightower gap. The Appalachian Trail with a WHITE vertical blaze will cut diagonally across this gap if you look hard.
You will then follow the MAIN gravel road all the way back past the fish hatchery
DO NOT turn off for any of the 69a, 69b, 69c etc… you will pass Frank Gross Campground, the Fish Hatchery etc. This is about 10+ miles of driving on the road. It will seem like FOREVER!
Eventually you will hit paved road. Follow this to the right to stay on Rock Creek Rd. another 2 miles or less it dead ends into HIGHWAY Ga 60.
If you turn right here its a mile or so to a convince store. If you turn LEFT then you go 2 miles to Point Bravo Aid station.

Point Bravo to Mulky Gap
40 minutes drive
You can head to Blairsville on the way and go to Walmart which is open 24 hours
Head south west on Ga 60 away from Rock creek Rd. 0.6m
RIGHT onto Skeenah Gap Rd. 7.8m
RIGHT onto BlueRidge Hwy 1.0m
RIGHT onto Hicks Gap Rd 3.4m
Right onto Mulky Gap Rd 2.7m
Follow this until it becomes dirt. Head to the top aka the gap, Mulky gap and boom!

Mulky Gap to Finish
Back track down Mulky Gap Rd 4.6 m
Right onto Owltown Rd 6.2 miles
Right onto Ga 11/129/19 4.6m
Right into Vogel State Park