A New Twist on an Old Tale!
The MOST UNIQUE Ultra you will EVER run! We have an exciting race coming to you in the mountain trails of Blue Ridge, GA just a short drive north of Atlanta. The great thing about the sport of running is the camaraderie among runners. In a typical race the faster runner (Hare) arrives long before the middle/back of the pack and the slower runner (Tortoise) arrives as the party is ending. How about a race where everyone finishes (approximately) at the same time?! Introducing…the TORTOISE and the HARE 50K™!
Runners will select a wave start time relative to their ability and that will determine your starting time, with runners starting in hourly waves – Tortoises first! The slower you are, the earlier you begin and the faster you are, the later you begin - with the goal finishing time of 3PM. This will bring everyone to the finish in a small time frame so there will be lots of fellow runners to celebrate your finish! (Of course, the winners will still be those that complete the course in the fastest time.) .
The TORTOISE and the HARE 50K™ will be held on November 15, 2014. There is also an optional Pasta Dinner the night before. This race has limited capacity so register today to secure your spot!
The course consists of mostly rolling hills with intermediate inclines (intermediate is a matter of opinion - the toughest part of the course, the Stanley Gap trail, features uphill elevation gain of somewhere around 2500 ft - but it sure is fun going back down). The terrain varies between lightly technical (roots that are far apart and easily avoidable), a rocky technical section (most of the rocks are inground), and smooth trail. The terrain will vary throughout the course and you will find yourself on one of the most beautiful trails in Georgia.
The course was designed by veteran Ultrarunner Ron Zadroga, also a Blue Ridge local and a once sponsored athlete by New Balance. Ron has completed TWENTY 100 Mile Races, including Western States 100 "8.8 times" (ask him about the .8). He also completed Death Valley Badwater 135 before it was a race. At 74 years old, Ron is once again training for a 100 miler and this year its the Leadville 100. Ron will be on hand at the Pasta Dinner to answer any questions about the course.
Our slogan is “Fast or slow…just go!” The beauty of this race is that it welcomes runners of all paces. Race will begin at your selected hourly wave start time, as early as 6 am but no later than 11 am. The goal finishing time is 3 PM, so you will estimate the length of time it will take you to complete the course (for an online calculator go to http://www.mcmillanrunning.com). The unique event that is the Tortoise and the Hare 50K™ will only be successful if all participants choose an honest starting time relative to their ability. During online registration you will select your starting time. The race will be chip timed.
There will be 2 different colored shirts, which will only be revealed at packet pick up, based on whether you are the Tortoise or the Hare. To get the full race experience of the Hares catching the Tortoises at the end we strongly encourage you to wear your “team colors” on race day!
6-8 am waves: Tortoises
9-11 am waves: Hares
Registration Dates and Fees:
Until 10/15: $65
After 10/15: $80
Online registration will close on 11/12/2014 or as soon as 300 participant capacity is reached.
No race day registration allowed
You MUST sign the waiver to be considered registered
NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN
NO TRANSFERS WILL BE ALLOWED
Friday, November 14:
5-9 pm: Pre-Race Pasta Dinner and Packet Pick Up
Saturday, November 15:
First wave begins at 7 am, goal finishing time 3 PM. Awards and post-party at 4 PM.
Rules of the Course:
If you are unable to attend packet pickup at the Pasta Dinner, you must pick up your bib 1 hr prior to your start time so we can add you to that wave of runners. Those starting at 6 am MUST pick up their bib at packet pick up the night before.
Hydration must be carried by all runners at all times. There will be plenty of fluids at aid stations, but for the safety of all participants we must require this.
Carrying your own nutrition is HIGHLY recommended. Although there will be aid stations we strongly suggest you carry items such as nutrition bars, gels and salt tablets.
Directions for Parking and Course maps will be up soon. Check the website for up to date info.
All participants will receive a long sleeve zip-top shirt and a unique finishers medal. We also have an optional pasta dinner the night before to make it convenient to attend packet pick up, review maps of the course and ask questions of the staff and hang out with fellow runners all at the same location. Don't worry about where to eat in town the night before the race - carb-up with us!
Local time: 1:59 PM
Top Overall Male and Female finishers win the opportunity to represent us on our 2015 Race Team roster. Perks will include our branded race gear (shirts, etc.), paid race entry fees for various races in the southeast and more!