40 mile ultra marathon and 19 mile on the beautiful Pine Mountain Trail system of FDR State Park in Pine Mountain, Georgia.
This GUTS event will test your endurance and your ankles over rocky single-track trails. The trail follows the ridge line, going up and over it for the duration. Depending on water levels, the few water crossings could be dry or ankle deep. You'll experience both pine & hardwood forests, rock outcroppings, waterfalls and beaver ponds. If the full monty isn't your sort of deal, try the PMTR "Lite", our 19-mile race. Same great trails, less time in the woods!
19 Miler - Registration $55, ($70 after October 30)
40 Miler - Registration $85, ($100 after October 30)
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
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, 12/4, 3PM to 5PM, F.D. ROOSEVELT STATE PARK at the Liberty Bell Park (view map here) - Park on the POOL side and walk over from there. Details will be emailed to the address you used on UltraSignup a week prior to the event.
Sunday 12/5 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