The last annual Heart of the South Road Race (326 miles)
The HOTS is an adventure for only the most daring. The runners will assemble on Wednesday morning, park their vehicles in a hayfield atop Sand Mountain in North Georgia, and board tour buses. The only thing they will know about their destination is that it will be between 300 and 350 miles away. Once they arrive, they will be able to access maps of the course they will take to get them back to their vehicles. After an overnight stay in a hotel, the field will be bused to the start the following morning. From there, with only the supplies they can carry or obtain along the way, they have 10 days to get back. Twice daily tracking will be maintained, and runners wishing to drop will be transported back to their vehicles. Finishers will be shuttled with their vehicles to motels near the finish for a safe sleep before getting behind the wheel.
Local time: 4:38 AM
There is no greater freedom, than being totally alone on the open road, relying only on your wits, your skill, and your physical ability to cover ground in order to reach the finish line. Come experience it for yourself.