There is a 12 hour course cutoff time. We will NOT be enforcing any hard cutoff times for 50 mile racers, however - if people are struggling but still moving forward, we want you to finish and will stay. It will get dark by about 6:15, so be prepared if you are running longer than 10 hours.
Packet pickup will be available on Friday evening at our local microbrewery, Pretoria Fields (120 Pine Ave, Albany, GA 31701), from 3-7 pm and again on race morning from 6:45-7:45. Simply drive through the gate entrance (remember a $3 parking fee), make your first right and we will see you there!
There will be fully stocked aid stations on each loop at about mile 5.5 and mile 10.5 (start/finish area). Boiled potatoes, M&Ms, cookies, pretzels, water, soda and other goodies will be available. We are again grateful to Tailwind Nutrition for providing plenty of sports drinks. Additionally, there will be unmanned water stops at about mile 2 and mile 7 for each 10ish mile loop. We will be a CUPLESS race - bring your own hydration system. You will not need a hydration pack, but you will want to bring some sort of handheld if not wearing a pack.
About the event
The Chehaw Challenge will be held Saturday, January 25, 2020. We are adding a new 4 mile distance!! As always, there will be a 10 mile race concurrent with a 50K and a 50 miler – all will start at 8:00 AM. The course is roughly 10 miles; each distance will run the corresponding number of loops. January weather in Albany is typically mid 30s with a high of around 60. There will be fully stocked aid stations every 5 miles. Boiled potatoes, M&Ms, cookies, pretzels, water, sports drink and other goodies will be available.
The race will start at the BMX trail head, adjacent to the BMX park. Restrooms are available at the start/finish area (additional family restrooms are available in the campground and playground areas).
Ample parking is available. $3.00 parking fee per vehicle NOT INCLUDED in your entry (collected at gate entrance).
Finisher awards for the 50-milers and age group awards for the 50K, 10 mile and 4 mile runners, which are special paintings made by some of the Chehaw zoo animals! Additionally, finishers of each distance will get a special race day event shirt, custom finisher medal, and custom mood steins. Custom hats will be for 50K and 50M finishers as well.
Terrain / Elevation
Running consists of 99% single track. Mostly non-technical, you will run through packed sandy soil, pine stands, fields and swampy bottoms with very little elevation change. There are no rocks, but there are sections with modest amounts of roots. The course is runnable in road shoes, but you may want trail shoes to make roots more comfortable to run through. Depending on weather, there may be small amounts of standing water to run through (miles 7-9). If you don't like running in wet shoes/socks, you can change them at the start-finish line area of each loop. So far, we have been dry in 2018 with zero standing water.
For runners, there are plenty of local hotels nearby. There is plenty of space for tent-camping and a few cabins are available at Chehaw (contact Chehaw Park for details).
For families/non-runners, there are plenty of activities. Within Chehaw, there is a zoo, playground, BMX park, dirt remote-controlled car track, frisbee-golf, large playground, picnic tables and bathrooms.
Post race meal
All pre-registered participants will receive a post race meal of BBQ sandwiches, brunswick stew and fixings. Feel free to bring your favorite beverage and please stick around for post-race fun. Family members are welcome to eat for an additional $5 each, but we need to know a head count by Mon, January 21st. Good Life City Runners are additionally hosting a post-race birthday party for one of our members - rumor has it cake and beer are involved. All are welcome!
All participants registered prior to January 17th will receive race shirts. All 50K and 50 Mile runners registered PRIOR to January 15th will receive a special post-race finisher award. There will be a very limited number of shirts available on a first come-first served basis for those after the Jan 17th deadline.
Local time: 4:21 AM