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 isnt your sort of deal, try the PMTR "Lite", our 19-mile race. Same great trails, less time in the woods!
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
Saturday, 12/4,TBD, F.D. ROOSEVELT STATE PARK – TBD(view map here) - Park at the LAKE 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, TBD – 40 MILER ONLY - Picnic Pavilion #2 (near group shelter)
In an effort to limit crowding at the start, ONLY participants doing the 46-mile race may get their bibs and packets at this time. Once you have what you need, please move away from the picnic pavilion to avoid congestion and crowding.
Sunday 12/5, 6:30-8:45AM – 19 MILER- Picnic Pavilion #2 (near group shelter)
Please observe safe social distancing practice. Once you have your bib and packet, do not congregate around the picnic pavilion waiting to start.
Please check in during your alotted time to avoid confusion and crowding at the check-in table! 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
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.
In the town of Pine Mountain, just 10 minutes away you'll find the Chiley Murrah B&B, Garden Inn, and Days Inn.