We have an exciting race coming to you on the Sutallee trails of Canton, 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 HALF MARATHON™!
Runners estimate their finishing time (for calculator go to http://www.mcmillanrunning.com) and that will determine your starting time, with runners starting in half hour waves – Tortoises first! The slower you are, the earlier you begin and the faster you are, the later you begin with the same goal: Finishing at NOON. This will bring everyone to the finish in a smaller 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 – but with the challenge of navigating around the Tortoises!)
The TORTOISE and the HARE HALF MARATHON™ will be held on September 6, 2014. This will be first race in the Tortoise and the Hare Trail Series.
The course consists of mostly rolling hills with intermediate inclines. The terrain is relatively smooth, with some occasional rocks and roots, but easy enough for even beginning trail runners. So yes, this trail is recommended for runners of all abilities, whether your are a Tortoise or Hare! The course will be well marked with colored ribbon as well as signs and volunteers at critical turning points on the trail.
UPDATE: AS OF AUGUST 26 WE HAVE 25 SLOTS LEFT FOR THE HALF MARATHON AND THEY ARE GOING QUICKLY!
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 half hour wave start time beginning at 8, 8:30, 9, 9:30 and 10 am. The goal finishing time is NOON, 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 Half Marathon™ 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!
8-9 am waves: Tortoises
9:30-10 am wave: Hares
Registration Dates and Fees:
Until 8/22: $45
After 8/22: $55
Online registration will close on 9/3/2014 so don’t wait, register today to secure your spot!
Race Day registration will be allowed, but shirt size will not be guaranteed after price increase.
You MUST sign the waiver to be considered registered.
NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN
TRANSFERS WILL BE ALLOWED UNTIL 8/31
Saturday, September 6:
6:30-7:30 (or 30 minutes prior to wave start time) Packet Pick-Up and Registration
NOON: Awards and post-party!
Rules of the Course
Carrying your own Hydration is HIGHLY recommended . There will be plenty of fluids at aid stations, but for the safety of all participants we strongly suggest it.
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.
Parking: Proceed to Boling Park to the back of the park.
All participants will receive a Tortoise and the Hare Racing™ shirt and a unique finisher's medal.
Local time: 6:48 PM
Top overall Male and Female win the opportunity to represent us on our 2015 Race Team. Perks will include Tortoise and the Hare branded gear (shirts, etc.), paid race entry fees for various races throughout the southeast and more!