Brasstown Bald Buster 5K

 

When/Where:

Sunday 09/13/2020 - 2941 Highway 180 Spur, Hiawassee, GA 30546

Race starts at 7:45 A.M.

3.1 Miles 1700 Ft. of elevation gain - 0 elevation loss

Drive 2.5 miles up the access road to the visitor's center parking lot. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO PARKING AT THE BOTTOM OF THE MOUNTAIN OR ALONG ANY ROADS PER OUR USFS PERMIT.

Parking fee is $3.00 per person. Under 15 years old is free. PLEASE BRING EXACT AMOUNT for the number of people in your car. We will not be able to provide change!

These funds will go to the Cradle Of Forestry, caretakers of the Brasstown Summit.

Race Schedule 

Packet pickup  6:00-7:00 A.M. at the parking area. 

No picking up someone else’s packet. You must show valid government ID.**THERE WILL BE NO SHUTTLES, NO WATER OR FINISH LINE FOOD FOR 2020 RACE DUE TO COVID! WE WILL BE WALKING APPROX 2 MILES TO THE BOTTOM SO BRING EXTRA WATER YOU MAY NEED. YOU CAN DROP ARTICLES AT THE BOTTOM AND WE WILL TRANSPORT THEM TO THE TOP. THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING!**

There will be a pre-race briefing at 7:30 at the start line. YOU MUST BE THERE FOR THIS!
Cutoff for the race is 2.5 hours.
The race will be held regardless of the weather!

Please note that is a road race. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING YOUR SAFETY ON THE ROAD. 
The point of this race is to be fun, so ditch the GPS watch, and come get vertical with us!

Race Notes From Run Bum

Come run the highest and hardest 5K in Georgia. That's right - a 3.1 mile, point to point road race that finishes atop Georgia’s highest mountain, Brasstown Bald. (4,784 ft.)
The highest race of any distance in Georgia and that won't change.


This race has been happening for almost 30 years. Run Bum took over directing the race in 2018. For those of you who do not know Sean Run Bum Blanton he has run 150+ ultra marathons. He started and owns the 2nd largest trail and ultra running race company in North America and trains on this road regularly.


In his words…
"This race is a piece of history. I have run it a bunch of times and broken 30 minutes on it. I have been 2nd and 3rd but never won the dang thing. I have seen the race lose momentum over the last couple of years, so I bought it, to keep it going. I will run it with everyone each year. I have changed the date from December to last weekendin April. I want to make sure we run the actual course each year with no changes."

This is a fun race that's meant to test people. Most people will hike 90% of this race, and that's okay. The hardest mile to me is mile one. It is the steepest. The last mile is the easiest but guess what? Your legs are dead so it makes it harder. This is man vs mountain. I do repeats up and down the road when training for races in the Alps. I know this mountain intimately. I can tell you that if you find 5 ft. of downhill on the course then you went off course. It's a grind, but the feeling and the view you get from the top, is simply unparalleled. I am a trail and mountain runner and I hope this race is an icebreaker for those who are tired of running for time and want to experience something greater. People always ask, “Why would you run up that mountain?” and I always answer the same… “Nothing easy ever earned you anything worth while.”
EARN YOUR SUMMIT
#BrasstownBaldBuster #earnyoursummit

This is a laid back race with no age group awards and just a sweet wooden medal. We have food post race and I end up losing money on the deal, but if that's what it takes to keep this tradition going then that's what it takes for me to run this every year with my friends.


 

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