Georgia Death Race Overview
The Georgia Death Race is a point-to-point ultra-marathon in the mountains of North Georgia. The race is 70ish miles, with close to 28,000 feet of elevation change. The event begins at Vogel State Park, heads west and then south to finish at Amicalola Falls State Park.
The race at 5:00 A.M. and allows runners of all speeds to be on top of Duncan Ridge to see the sun rise over the back of Brasstown Bald, 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. The first 8 miles has close to 3,500 feet of elevation change, including the 3.8 mile, 2,300 ft. climb up and over the summit of Coosa Bald.
Other course highlights include incredible views from random points along the trail including, the Toccoa Swinging Bridge, Amicalola Falls, the remote Benton MacKaye and Duncan Ridge Trails, and a beautiful wide open field with unobstructed views of the mountains some 37 miles in. But be warned ! This race is as hard as nails!
While the point of the race is to be hard, the real reason for this race, is to showcase mountains in North Georgia and create an experience that you will never forget. The sheer beauty of this race masks the difficulty of the terrain.
There are 9 fully stocked aid stations along the course, a unique race t-shirt, professional photographs, and the unique engraved "Death Race Spike" (only if you finish), along with a catered hot meal at the finish.
To qualify for the Georgia Death Race you must have run an official 50K or longer race within 365 days (and no later than February 15th ) of this year's GDR. The completion of any prior GDR will qualify you.
Due to the popularity of this event, GDR now has a registration lottery! GDR is a Western States Endurance Run Golden Ticket race and qualifier if you go sub 23 hours. GDR is an ITRA registered event with 5 ITRA points and a UTMB qualifying race.
To participate in the Georgia Death Race participants are REQUIRED to complete a minimum of 8 hours of trail maintenance and / or volunteering at a race, non-profit, or school activity by March 1, 2019.
The closest airport is Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, approximately 2 hours 15 minutes from Vogel State Park.
The 2020 registration and lottery will open on June 21, 2019.
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