Cloudland Canyon 50 Mile - 50K & 1/2 Marathon


December 5-6, 2020 - 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

12/5/2020 - 50 Miler starts at 5:00 AM  with a 14.5 hour cutoff

12/5/2020 - Half Marathon starts at 8:30 A.M. with a 4.5 hour cutoff

12/6/2020 - 50K starts at 7:30 A.M. with a 10.5 hour cutoff


Weekend Schedule

Friday 12/4/2020

PACKET PICK UP - Non Mandatory for all races at Cloudland Canyon Group Lodge 

122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd, RisingFawn, GA 30738 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. 

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.

Saturday 12/5/2020

50 Miler

Packet pickup: You must get your bib at the group shelter (finish) from 3:30 A.M. - 4:45 A.M. or at Friday packet pickup. You must show government I.D.

Race will begin at 5:00 AM with a 14.5 hour cutoff

All drop bags come to the group shelter at Cloudland Canyon the morning of the race.

1/2 Marathon

Packet pickup: You must get your bib at the group shelter (finish) from 6:45 A.M. - 8:15 A.M. or Friday at the packet pickup. You must show government I.D.

The race will begin at 8:30 A.M. with a 4.5 hour cutoff.

Sunday 12/6/2020


Packet pick up at start / finish from 5:30 A.M. - 7:00 A.M. You must show I.D.

You must be at the start / finish by for a mandatory pre-race briefing at 7:15 A.M.

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! 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, 2020.

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.

Cutoff Times

Note: This is not a hiker friendly course! You must run some to maintain the course cutoffs.

It is YOUR responsibility to know cutoff times. 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.  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. 


Please note that there will be road crossings that may not have crossing marshals.


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.



You may only receive aid within 100 feet of an aid station that allows crew access

Trekking poles are allowed

Mandatory Gear

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.


Aid Stations

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.


Drop Bags

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.

Safety runners/pacers

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.

Post-race food

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.


Dorm beds

You can pay to have a dorm bed at the start/finish line. This is heated and indoors. You get the bed for Friday and Saturday night. It is first come, first served.  You can not purchase 1 night you must purchase two nights. Please bring your own bed sheets, and pillows. There are showers. This is a great way to meet new runners and hang out with the trail runner community. 

This is limited to the first 40 people. YOU MUST BOOK THIS THROUGH CHECKOUT ON ULTRASIGNUP!

It is less expensive than anything else around.


Other places to stay

Stay at Cloudland Canyon State Park! Be at the start /finish.

They have cabins, yurts, RV spots and the dorm beds (read above).

It is a 2 night minimum for the race. Bring the family and hang out in one of the prettiest state parks in the south.


We need volunteers! If you are interested send and email to

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