Cloudland Canyon 50K & 1/2 Marathon
December 7-8, 2019 - 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd, Rising Fawn, GA 30738
To get to the start, drive into the park and drive straight ahead. A parking attendant will provide instructions for parking, packet pick up and shuttle.
Note: There is a $5.00 per calendar day State Park entry fee
12/7/2019 - 50K starts at 7:30 A.M. with a 10.5 hour cutoff
12/8/2019 - Half Marathon starts at 9:00 A.M. with a 4.5 hour cutoff
PACKET PICK UP - Non Mandatory at Rock Creek @ 2 North Shore.
301 Manufacturers Rd. Chattanooga, TN 37405 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Chattanooga Brewing Co. will be on hand with home made brews until it's gone. Join us for a beer!
Check in for bunk beds at Cloudland Canyon group lodge from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. ONLY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE PURCHASED A BED.
If you arrive after this time we will give your bed away.
Packet pickup: You must get your bib at the group shelter (finish) from 5:00 A.M. - 6:00 A.M. or at Friday packet pickup. You must show government I.D. You must have your bib before boarding the bus! There is no packet pickup at the start line.There is NO packet pickup at the Starting line aka Nickajack Trail Head, you must come to Cloudland Canyon State Park and get your BIB!
All drop bags come to the group shelter at Cloudland Canyon the morning of the race. So if you have a drop bag and you are being dropped off at Nickajack, you still must bring your drop bag to the finish area at Cloudland Canyon.
Runners can ride a shuttle to the start @ Nickajack TH. (Not Mandatory) Click HERE to purchase shuttle tickets ($15.00) No shuttle tickets sold after November 1, 2019.
The shuttles will leave promptly @ 6:30 AM!!
Note: Runners may be dropped off at the start (Nickajack) to avoid the shuttle. You must be dropped off at least 1 hour and 30 minutes prior to the start. The person dropping you off cannot stay for the start!
Address for Nickajack Trailhead aka the STARTING line if you are being dropped off is 3209 - 3495 Nick A Jack Rd, Rising Fawn, Ga. 30738 GPS cords - 34.8987, -85.3911
The race will begin at 7:30 A.M. with a 10 hour cutoff.
Packet pick up at start / finish from 7:30 A.M. - 8:30 A.M. You must show I.D.
You must be at the start / finish by for a mandatory pre-race briefing at 8:45 A.M.
The race will begin at 9:00 A.M. with a 4.5 hour cutoff.
Note: This is not a hiker friendly course! You must run some to maintain the course cutoffs.
There is a 10.5 hour total time limit with individual aid station cutoffs. It is YOUR responsibility to know these time limits. We DO NOT recommend basing your distance solely on GPS devices. GPS devices can vary in accuracy. If you are riding cutoffs then be prepared to not make a cutoff. We want everyone to finish, and have agreed that 10 hours is MORE than a fair time for a course with 3,000 feet of elevation gain. Please do not get angry with a volunteer if you do not make a cutoff time and are asked to stop. These are STRICT cutoffs and are for leaving the aid station, not getting to the aid station. AGAIN all cutoff times are for you LEAVING the aid station. You must surrender your bib if you are dropping from the race for any reason.
There is a 4.5 hour time limit to finish the race. There will be a 2.5 hour cut off at Sittons Gulch.
See the charts below for cutoff times, course maps, elevation profile, and aid station information/locations. Click on any picture for a printable version.
Interactive race course maps are on Trail Run Project (links below)
Please note that there will be road crossings that may not have crossing marshals.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING YOUR SAFETY WHEN CROSSING THE ROAD.
Local residents are NOT used to runners crossing the road so be extra careful. Much of the course is open to mountain bikes and horse traffic. ALWAYS give way to both. If you see someone on a horse ALWAYS walk with arms down, and make your presence known. In a calm manner, ask the rider what they want you to do and follow their instructions.
About 90% of this course has full cell service with Verizon. If you or another runner has a LIFE THREATING emergency please dial 911. Sometimes the closest aid station is behind you.
The weather in December can be cold. However, it could be warm. The leaves have come down from the trees. Be prepared for leaves on the ground and more expansive views. This also means the wind will pierce through the woods and lower the wind chill. ALWAYS have an extra layer of clothing in your pack.
No cutting the course
Listen and follow all instructions from race staff / volunteers / medical personnel
You may only receive aid within 100 feet of an aid station that allows crew access
Trekking poles are allowed
All runners must have the following items with them at all times
Water bottle and a collapsible cup for obtaining fluids. This is cupless race. There will not be ANY cups at ANY aid station along the course. We highly recommend carrying gloves, and a warm hat. Keep moving and you will stay warm.
We will have typical aid station fare at most aid stations. This means cookies, bananas, peanut butter and jelly, chips, Gatorade, ginger ale, Coke, etc. No gels or prepackaged foods.
If you have food or insect allergies, and you normally carry an “epi-pen”, make sure you have it with you during the race.
Leave drop bags at the group shelter on race morning. You will have access at Aid Station #2 (17.4 Miles).
Drop bag will be a the group shelter after the race (finish line).
Please remember to pick up your bag. All unclaimed drop bags will be donated or disposed.
The race is a cup-less race, we will not have cups at the aid stations. You need to be able to provide a bottle or collapsible cup in order to get fluids or soup from any aid station. Please dont be that person that tries to lean under and puts your mouth on the spout!
No pacers or safety runners.
Note: There is a $5.00, per calendar day, State Park entry fee
Only one (1) crew vehicle is allowed per 50K runner.
You may drop your runner at the start (Nickajack) to avoid the shuttle. Anyone dropping a runner must be at the start at least 1 hour and 30 minutes prior to the start. Crew members cannot stay for the start! Drop your runner and then proceed back to aid station #2 / finish area.
Crews may only visit designated aid station(s) listed on the chart below
If your runner drops from the race, they must turn in the bib must at the nearest aid station where they drop and you must notify a volunteer at that aid station.
Please realize that we will do our best to keep your runner safe, on course, and set to finish this race. So please help us but adhering to the rules.
Gourmet hot soup and bread. This is for runners only, and you are allowed one meal. Be courteous with portion sizes so all runners have a chance for a post-race meal.
Top 3 male and female overall for both races will get a special award
All runners receive a finisher award pint glass
Where to get food / supplies:
There are a couple of restaurants just down the road from the Cloudland Canyon State Park entrance as well as the Canyon Quik Stop which is open normally from 6 :00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M. They have a place to buy sandwiches, beverages, and most snacks you might need. For anything else you need to drive down the mountain into Trenton, Ga or back to Chattanooga, TN.