Conveniently located just over an hour from Atlanta, GA we welcome you to the beautiful Pine Mountain Trail system of FDR State Park in Pine Mountain, Georgia. PMTR is celebrating 43 YEARS and is one of the oldest and storied trail runs in the country. First started in November of 1980, this 19 mile & 40 mile ultra marathon event will test your endurance and your ankles over rocky single-track trails. Since its inception, the course has seen a few different routes and distances. For 2023 we are starting the course (19 Miler / 40 Miler) back at the "Liberty Bell" park area. This will give more runners a chance to finish within cutoff times and enjoy more time out on the trails
19 Miler - Registration $60, ($80 after November 1st)
40 Miler - Registration $85, ($95 after November 1st)
** No refunds. No transfers. No deferrals. No exceptions. **
100% Non-Profit Race. Net proceeds will go towards support of FDR State Park / GA State Parks.
Runners/Crews must park at the Libery Bell Park (POOL SIDE ONLY) and designated marked parking areas. Vehicles must be parked completely off the road. DO NOT block HWY 190!
All parked vehicles must have the State Parking Pass properly displayed on the dashboard during the event.
The course will be well marked. Official state park waterproof trail maps are available at the park headquarters or by mail from the Pine Mountain Trail Assoc. You should not need a map on race day, but they're good to have and your crew will find they come in handy.
Footing / Topography
The trall surface is very rocky in spots, and often leaf-covered. This makes training on uneven surfaces a very good idea as the constantly changing footing can be rough on tender ankles. Yes, you will most like smash your toes into sharp rocks repeatedly. Most likely, you will fall a few times. The topography is rolling hills. No major climbs, but plenty of smaller hills and long gradual climbs, rarely flat. Elevation profile information is not available for the race course (If someone runs it with a gps and sends me the data, I'll be happy to post it), but the elevation of the Pine Mountain Trail itself is between 899' and 1395'. There are a few minor stream crossings, roughly ankle deep, which you may or may not be able to cross without getting your feet wet, depending on your skills and the water levels.
The Pine Mountain Trail is heavily used in the fall by Boy Scouts troups, many of which help maintain the trail. This is also the prime season for families as the temperatures cool and the mosquitoes are gone. The trail will be open to all users on race day. Please be courteous when encountering others on the trail!
Pine Mountain Trail Association Map: https://www.pinemountaintrail.org/store/p1/Pine_Mountain_Trail_detailed_topographic_map.html
19 Mile Course Links
Strava GPX: https://www.strava.com/routes/3143616409759108104
*New UltraPacer Race Plan: https://ultrapacer.com/course/611ec1fa92b532000b8d9bf3
40 Mile Course Links
Strava GPX: https://www.strava.com/routes/3143615813373944194
*New UltraPacer Race Planning: https://ultrapacer.com/course/617589572270ae000b43ec24
PMTR Course Links/Resources
Official #PMTR23 Runner's Handbook, Here
Official #PMTR23 Volunteer Handbook, Here
Temperatures in early December for this region can be hard to predict. Temperatures could be 70+ degrees one year and 30 degrees the next. The average high temperature for the area is mid 60s and average low in the 40s. December is likely to have cloud cover with possible rain showers. Participants should be fully prepared for all weather conditions.
Sunrise 7:28 AM (Runners must carry a safety light and cold/wet weather gear).
Sunset 5:33 PM (Runners must carry a safety light and cold/wet weather gear).
Saturday, 12/2, 3 pm - 6 pm EASTERN TIME
Saturday Packet Pickup is now being sponsored by Big Peach Running Company at the Main Liberty Bell Park from 3PM - 6PM. We plan to host Author Rami Odeh who will be available for book signings while we broadcast the WSER Lottery Results at the park!
Feel free to stop by the Iron Horse Tavern located at 735 Gardenview Dr, Pine Mountain, GA 31822 for drinks and/or dinner (at own expense) & will receive 15% off their bill, (Must present race bib).
Sunday 12/3 Registration Desk Opens at 5AM
6 am 40-Miler START (Must start by 6:30 am)
Liberty Bell Park Start (FDR State Park)
9 am 19-Miler START (Must start by 9:30 am)
Liberty Bell Park Start (FDR State Park)
PACKETS MUST BE PICKED UP IN PERSON. WE WILL NOT BE MAILING SHIRTS, BIBS OR PACKETS. Every runner must pick up their own packet. We cannot permit someone picking up packets for an entire group.
Emily Ansick (2013) - 6:31:16
Troy Harrison (2013) - 5:59:20
Janice Anderson (1993) - 8:29:00
Evan Dare (2016) - 6:44:34
Emily Ansick (2017) - 2:46:59
Jonathon Newton (2020) - 2:33:02
Due to the Holidays and the Festival of Lights, some of these places have limited space so make your plans early.
Cabins and camping are available in FDR State Park. Visit the State Park website to reserve: http://gastateparks.org/FDRoosevelt
The Mountain Top Inn is located just two miles from the Start/Finish. The Mountain Top Inn has several lodging options available. Visit www.mountaintopinnga.com to book rooms, or call 706.663.4719.
Callaway Gardens - www.callawaygardens.com
Chipley Murrah B&B - chipleymurrah.com
Fireside Inn - 706-663-4141
Garden Inn & Suites - 706-663-2121
White Columns Motel - whitecolumnsmotel.com
Blanton Creek Park - www.georgiapower.com/gpclakes
Additional area information is available at - www.pinemountain.org