The Duncan Ridge Trail 50K/30K will be one of the toughest 50Ks in the Southeast with more than 10,000 feet of elevation gain. The actual elevation profile is displayed in the logo, but that is just the “out” of an “out and back” race. This race uses the Coosa Backcountry Trail and the Duncan Ridge Trail, which is considered one of the toughest trails in Georgia. The race will start and finish at Vogel State Park’s Lake Trahlyta in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains. There will be a 30K option as well. All proceeds go back to the park volunteers every year.
The course will be open 10 hours with strict cut-offs.
5 hours (12:30pm) at the turn around mile 15.5
9 hours (4:30pm) at AS#7 27.5.
AS#7-4:30PM- Strictly enforced. No runners allowed through after 4:30PM
Friday November 17 6pm-8pm Vogel State Park at picnic shelter #1
Saturday November 18 6am-7:15am Vogel State Park at picnic shelter #1
50k race route:
The race will start in front of cabin 20. The route will follow the Coosa Back Country Trail north out of the park and across HWY 180. When the Coosa Back Country Trail intersects the DRT , the route will turn right towards Coosa Bald. Runners will follow the DRT until Fish Gap at FS road 88. This is the turn around point for the 50k runners. You will then follow the same route back to the finish. All running will be on trails except for a 1/4 mile section of paved road in Vogel State Park. Note 30k option: Runners can choose to switch to the 30k at the 2nd AS and still finish, but they must inform an AS volunteer. Please no front of the pack 50kers switch to the 30k for the win.
30k race course:
The race will start in front of cabin 20. The route will follow the Coosa Back Country trail north out of the park and across hwy180. When the Coosa Back Country Trail intersects with the DRT, the route will turn right towards Coosa Bald. Runner will follow the DRT until White Oak Stomp. Runners will turn left on FS 39(dirt road) at AS#2. FS 39 will be followed until Wolf Pen Gap at 180 and then runners will turn left back on to the Coosa Back Country Trail which leads back to the finish.
The finish line for both races is the bridge leading to shelter#1, under the Duncan ridge banner.
Race starts 0730 sharp in front of cabin 20 and will follow the road to the left side of the visitor's center.
Each AS will be stocked with water, sports drink and snack items typical at a trail race.
Event's current local time: 10:41 AM ET
There will be four aid stations and three will be used on the route back to the finish for the 50k race.
AS#1-Coosa Back Country Trail and FS# 107 (3.5 miles)
AS#2-DRT and FS#39 at White Oak Stomp (8 miles)
AS#3-DRT and FS#4 at Mulky Gap(13 miles)
AS#4-DRT and FS#88 at Fish Gap (15.5 miles)
AS#5-DRT and FS#4 at Mulky Gap (18 miles)
AS#6-DRT and FS#39 at White Oak Stomp (23 miles)
As#7-Coosa Back Country Trail and FS# 107 (27.5 miles)