September 24, 2016
We have an exciting race coming to you in the mountain trails of Blue Ridge, 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 50K/30K™!
Runners will submit their estimated finishing time (online calculator HERE) and that will determine your starting time, with runners starting in hourly 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 3PM. This will bring everyone to the finish in a small 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.)
BIG NEWS: WE’VE MOVED THE DATE FOR LEAF FREE TRAIL RUNNING!!
The 3rd annual TORTOISE and the HARE 50K/30K™ will be held on September 24, 2016. This will be third race in the 2016 Tortoise and the Hare Trail Series. Registration opens Jan 1st and there are limited spots available so don’t delay…register right away!
The course consists of mostly rolling hills with a several steep, intermediate inclines (the toughest part of the course, the Stanley Gap trail, features uphill elevation gain of somewhere around 2500 ft in 3 miles – but it sure is fun going back down!) with over 5500+ feet of elevation gain. The terrain varies between lightly technical (roots that are far apart and easily avoidable), rocky technical sections (most of the rocks are in-ground), and smooth trail. The scenery will vary throughout the course and you will find yourself on one of the most beautiful trails in Georgia. The course will be well marked with colored ribbon as well as signs and volunteers at critical turning points on the trail. In case of adverse weather, the course may be changed for the safety of our runners.
Actual Course Elevation from 2014
The course was designed by veteran Ultrarunner Ron Zadroga, also a Blue Ridge local and a once sponsored athlete by New Balance. Ron has completed TWENTY 100 Mile Races, including ‘Western States 100’ 8.8 times (ask him about the .8). He also completed Death Valley Badwater 135 before it was a race. At 74 years old, Ron is once again running the Leadville 100. Ron will be on hand at the Pasta Dinner to answer any questions about the course.
There are a total of 4 aid stations (one you pass twice) that will be fully stocked with all the typical sweet/carbs you could ask for as well as Powerade and water. There will be PortaJohns at three of the aid stations! We will have volunteers on hand to refill your hydration pack/bottles and medical staff on hand should an injury occur.
All participants will receive a 50K/30K race shirt (size not guaranteed after 9/1/16) and a unique finisher’s medal – along with the pride of accomplishment!
We recommend our sponsor, Sundance Cabin Rentals. It would be hard to be any closer to the course than in one of these! The cabins you’ll be looking for are just off the Aska Trails where you will be running. Get a personal cabin, or get a group of friends together and get a larger 5+ person cabin. These beautiful riverfront cabins along the Toccoa River will complete your unforgettable race experience!
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 hourly wave start time, as early as 6 am but no later than 10 am. The goal finishing time is 3 PM, so you will estimate the length of time it will take you to complete the course (online calculator HERE). The unique event that is the Tortoise and the Hare 50K™ 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.
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!
Registration Dates and Fees:
Until 10/15: $65
After 10/15: $80
Until 10/15: $55
After 10/15: $65
Online registration will close on 9/21/2016 or as soon as capacity is reached.
Saturday, September 24:
First wave begins at 6 am, goal finishing time 3 PM. Awards and post-party at 4 PM.
Rules of the Course:
Directions: Parking at the start/finish is limited and it is recommended that you carpool if possible. There is ample parking at/near the pre-race pasta dinner/packet pickup.
Packet Pickup: At the Community Center (located next to Community & Southern bank) at 154 Orvin Lance Connector, Blue Ridge, Ga 30513.
Start/Finish: Dry Branch Rd off of Aska Rd. Take Dry Branch Rd and stay to the right, eventually turning into the day use parking area on the right just before the graveyard and stop sign.
Course Map: Race begins at the Lake Blue Ridge National Forest Recreation Area on Dry Branch Rd. You will travel from Dry Branch Rd, taking a left on Aska Rd then a left again on Campbell Creek Rd and a right on Bear Ln. Bear ln becomes an old forest service road until you get to the Upper Green Mountain trail head (about 3.5 miles into the race). You will follow Upper Green Mountain trail until you cross the road to Deep Gap Aid Station. You will follow markings to the Stanley Gap Trail and traverse the 5.5 mile climb/descent to the Stanley Gap Aid Station. You will head back from Stanley Gap to Flat Creek Loop. After completing the loop you will continue straight back to the Deep Gap Aid Station. You will leave Deep Gap Aid Station and cross the road proceeding up the lower green mountain trail. You will then take the long branch loop connector and complete the long branch loop. Long Branch Aid station will be halfway through the long branch loop. You will come back on the long branch connector and head back on the Upper Green Mountain Trail to complete the 3.5 mile trip from bear ln back to the start.
Aid Stations: Deep Gap Aid Station (Miles 7 and 23.7 )
Stanley Gap Aid Station(Mile 12.5) We are still finalizing the aid station solution between miles 12.5 to 23.7
Long Branch Aid Station (Approx Mile 27)
Unmanned Water Stop (Upper Green Mt Trail entrance, Miles 3.5 and 29)
Total Miles = approx 32
This is a map of the Aska Trails, excluding the roads to get to the trail head: