We are excited to invite any trail runner to join us for this great event. Our goal is to offer a quality trail race that is true to our sport. Runners will enjoy the rustic nature of the trail with like-minded souls who love to get dirty in the woods! Our grassroots event has a low impact on the environment, not necessarily your body!
Run on the Wine, Modoc, and Turkey Creek trail with all the other muddy runners on the first Sunday of February at 7:30 am. It will be an out-and-back on a beautifully wooded single track, with the sound of the creek whispering over your shoulder for much of the race. Runners will navigate rocks, roots, bridges, logs, and water crossings to show off their agility skills. The rolling terrain has some dips and rises, but those who love to run will find few climbs to interrupt their pace and will enjoy what this fast course can offer.
The 40-mile, 50K and the long leg of the 40-mile relay participants will have the most challenging of the courses. Aid will be plentiful to all distances.
The course will be marked at specific turns with signage since this race is on 99% single-track trails with almost no side trails. No pacers or crews are allowed, but your friends and family will have opportunities to cheer you on at the Start/Finish area. A generous 11-hour cut-off will allow all runners to enjoy their day on the trail. You may change to a lower mileage event 24 hours before the start of the race.
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Relay runners can assemble teams of 2-5 for their running pleasure. Relay teams have five legs of varying distances to complete their race. Their team number(bib) will be the baton to hand off to the next runner. Relay teams may not run consecutive legs. Leg one= 11 miles, Leg two= 8 miles, Leg three= 4 miles, Leg four= 12 miles, leg five= 6 miles. These distances apply to teams of 3, 4, or 5 runners. Distances of each leg are subject to minor changes based on the Race director's discretion and the conditions of the trial.
Top Award Winners & Finisher Awards
Top Awards go to 1st, 2nd & 3rd male and female in the 40 Miler, 50K and 40K events. The 1st pace Relay Team in both the 2 Person and 3-5 Person teams will also receive a top Award. All finishing runners will receive finisher swag.
Race Day Schedule
• Volunteers begin to arrive: 5:15 am
• Check-in and Bib pick up: 6:00 am to 7:00 am
• Pre-race meeting: 7:15 am
• Race start: 7:30 am for 40 Miler
• Race start: 7:45 am for 40K, 50K, & Relay Teams Leg 1.
The 40K, 50K and Relay Team’s Leg1 runners will have a delayed start behind the 40 Miler runners and will follow the same Wine Creek Trail as the 40 Miler runners.
Cut Off Times
Race participants must arrive at these aid stations by this time:
AS 5 - 3:00 PM (40 Milers)
AS 6 - 4:30 PM (40 Milers and 50K runners)
Finish - 6:30 PM (All distances)
Directions to Trail Head - Start/Finish Location
Here are the GPS coordinates for the Start/Finish location:
This will also get you to the Parking location for the race.
Packet Pick Up
There will be an early packet pick up on Saturday, February 3rd, at the Fleet Feet of Augusta from 3-5 pm.
The address for Fleet Feet in Augusta is:
229 Furys Ferry Rd. #107< br />Augusta, GA 30907< br//>Race day packet pick up will be from 6:00 am - to 7:00 am the morning of the race at the start-finish area.
Rut Rogue has 3-5 aid stations depending on what event you are running. Aid stations are spread apart every 5-7 miles.
At each aid station, there will be a team of volunteers recording your bib numbers as you enter the aid stations. Please be sure to call out your bib number to them so you can be accounted for. Please make sure your bib is visible somewhere on the front of your body.
The Rut Rogue is a CUP-FREE event, so be sure to bring your own handheld hydration bottle. Most aid stations will have water, TailWind, Coke, Mountain Dew, and ginger ale to drink. There will be an assortment of snacks, fruit, chips, salt and potatoes, and PB&J sandwiches.
If you are a 40 miler and you want to make use of a drop bag, you will leave your drop bag at check-in on race morning prior to the start of the race. Please have your name and bib number on the drop bag. Drop bags will be taken to Aid Station 4 & 6 which is at miles 22 & 34.
Parking is somewhat limited at the race start/finish area. Please consider carpooling if you can and parking close enough to vehicles next to you to allow the maximum amount of cars in the lot. There will be parking directors leading you to available parking locations. The parking and start/finish area is located down a rugged gravel road, leave your low-rider car at home. Everyone will be parking in a large field located less than 100 yards from the start / finish area.
Trail Traffic and Safety
Please note that Rut Rogue is held on public use trails and you will more than likely encounter others enjoying the trails on race day. If you do encounter mountain bikers, please step off the side of the trail to allow them to pass since it is easier for the runner to step aside than it is for them to dismount. Generally, the mountain biking community stays away on race day but there is always the possibility to encounter a few riders or hikers enjoying their day.
The Wine Creek, Turkey Creek and Modoc trails are remote and, aside from a few access points, are hard to get into if someone gets injured or needs assistance. Each trail is marked every half mile with a mileage marker. If you encounter an injured runner try to assess the situation and if applicable, stay with the runner and send another runner to seek help from the nearest aid station/volunteer. If you carry your cell phone while running, please feel free to call me directly in the event of an emergency. Please take note of the closest trail distance marker and which trail you are on. In the event of sudden severe weather, please consider all options and only continue on when it is safe to do so.
The hotels along in North Augusta, SC or Augusta, GA are going to be the closest to the race start. These hotels are approximately 20-30 minutes from the race start.
If you prefer to camp, There are campgrounds at Petersburg Campgrounds at Lake Thurmond. These campgrounds are approximately 15-20 minutes from the race start. Rustic camping is also available near the race start area.
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The proceeds from this event go directly back to fund future years of this event along with these other local events and organizations:
FATS 50K, Half Marathon & 10K
Augusta Trail Runners
Augusta Eagles XC Team
There are no refunds allowed for any reason including race cancellation. Entry fees collected are used to develop and produce the event, starting well in advance of the race date – including course preparation, race supplies, permits and administration. We pledge to make every effort to produce a fair and safe event for all participants. Any decision we make that impacts the race date or potential cancellation is carefully considered and based on the overall event safety and manageability. In such cases there will be No Refunds of race entry fees. Each athlete must accept any such risk of their entry fee paid.
Event's current local time: 6:31 PM ET