Presented by Run the Cohuttas and Mulberry Gap MTB Get-A-Way
Come test your mettle on a well-maintained 1 mile course of loopy fun through the Mulberry Gap MTB Get-A-Way property. Sounds easy? Maybe the first few times…
You’ll run by mountain brooks and across a koi pond. You’ll run through stands of hemlocks and past the smiling faces of volunteers and supporters. You’ll run past a nice, warm “barn” (hint: it’s not really a barn) serving nice, warm food. You’ll run past your tent or cabin (which you should book RIGHT NOW) to access personal aid and sleep without leaving the course, and you’ll run through a MTB pump track (no, you don’t have to run the tricks...but maybe that’d be fun the first few times…please show us pictures).
You’ll also accumulate 220ft of elevation gain per loop.
The course is 90% dirt/trail. There will be small segments of gravel plus the paved area where the main buildings are at the Start/Finish. There will also be a couple of short wooden bridges so you don’t get your tootsies wet as you cross the aforementioned brooks and koi pond. :)
Full aid every mile at the Start/Finish. Full aid includes the fare usually seen at ultras as well as hot foods. You’ll have access to bathrooms and a place to get warm. This includes access to first aid.
Water/Gatorade will be at the half mile mark.
Up to 2 days of use access to Mulberry Gap’s facilities, including parking, showers, bathrooms, hot tub, and wifi
Swag: Long sleeve T-shirt and a couple of other items TBD, all featuring the incredible art of Hilary Kelley (https://www.hilarykart.com/shop)
Fully stocked aid station at the Start/Finish
Top 3 male and female awards for 24, 12, and 6 hr participants.
Buckles for folks that crush 100 miles on the course.
Professional chip timing if participant volumes warrant it. (This is an inaugural event after all!)
Craft beer from MG’s fully stocked beer fridge will be available for purchase, but if you bring your own, you’ll have access to a fridge to keep it cold for you.
Finisher awards for all participants
Runners with crews
Crews are welcome! But there aren’t a lot of flat spots for setup, so please keep your crew footprint small. Pacing is not allowed. The course goes through the Brook Camping area, which is perfect for self-crewing or for meeting your camped out supporters. Non-camping crews will be able to setup in another designated location. Crews will not have access to electricity. There is no cell reception.
This is a winter race, so dress appropriately and have plenty of layers on hand plus something warm and dry to change into when you’re finished. The average high for Ellijay in December is 50, and the average low is 34. Average precipitation is 4.89 inches. These are just averages….
6pm - 8pm - Race Check-in at Mulberry Gap
6pm - Optional dinner at Mulberry Gap
6:30am - Check-in at Mulberry Gap
8am - Race Starts at the Barn
8:30am - Optional breakfast for onlookers and volunteers (or more relaxed participants!)
9am - Optional box lunch pick-up for participants and supporters
2pm - 6 Hr Race Finishes at the Barn, Top award presented (Ordering a boxed lunch is highly recommended!)
6pm - Optional dinner at Mulberry Gap
8pm - 12 Hr Race Finishes at the Barn
8ish-pm - Campfire and social for 12 Hr Finishers, Top awards presented
8am - 24 Hr Race Finishes, Top awards presented
8:30am - Optional breakfast at Mulberry Gap
The race schedule is independent from Mulberry Gap’s check-in and out schedule for lodging. Full meals are all optional meals that must be purchased through Mulberry Gap (https://www.mulberrygap.com/).
Day use fees ($5) for non-participants must be purchased the day of the event, and there will likely be group discounts available for families and larger crews. Aid station fare is included in the race fee.
Lodging and Meals
This is also SUPER important…..If you plan on staying overnight or eating meals provided by Mulberry Gap, please call them at 706-698-2865 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Signing up for this event in Ultrasignup does not guarantee lodging and meals with Mulberry Gap!!
There are lots of options, ranging from eating only to camping to cabins. Give them a call!
Rules for consideration
Pacers aren’t allowed. If you’d like a friend or family member to join you for a loop or two, let us know at the time.
If you do not go the full 6, 12 or 24 hours, please tell us at the timing area (Start/Finish) by the Barn. We need to know you made it back and haven’t been snatched by the Conasauga Creeper. :D
Partial laps don’t count. If you start a loop as the clock rolls over to the 6th, 12th or 24th hour, then you’ll be credited for your last full loop under the time limit. We’ll still be seriously impressed with the distance, though. *high five*
Headlamps are required for nighttime running. Sunset is at 6:30pm.
Your race bib must be worn at all times and be displayed prominently on the front of your body. You won’t enjoy twirling around after about 5 loops, and I’ll instruct the timing table to arbitrarily count your lap accordingly. Just kidding. Or am I?.... ;)
We need help!
Volunteers make the magic happen! Please email me if you’re interested in manning our main aid station. If you’re running and worried that your supporters/spectators will get bored waiting on you each lap, consider enlisting them as volunteers (please talk to them first!). As thank you, volunteer gifts include runner swag and a comp entry to the 2020 Rabun Half Marathon in June or a discounted entry to a 2020 Run the Cohuttas multi-day event.
Registration Closes Wednesday, December 4 at 11:59pm.