2016 Sutallee Trace Trail Challenge - May 21, 2016 - Race #3 of the Mountain Goat Adventures Trail Run Series
Come experience a part of Cherokee County that you’ve probably never seen…explore the historic Sutallee Trace as part of the Sutallee Trace Trail Challenge! This beautiful and rugged trail run takes you along scenic ridgelines, in lush creek valleys and along the banks of the Etowah River. Sutallee Trace is thought to have followed old Cherokee Indian pathways and was marked as a major area road of the Cherokee County Map of 1895.
We are excited to announce that we will have a four race trail run series during the Spring of 2016. Races include:
- The Assault on Garland Mountain - March 19, 2016
- Battle of Blankets Creek - April 16, 2016
- Sutallee Trace Trail Challenge - May 21, 2016
- Rope Mill Half Marathon and 10k - June 11, 2016
Sign up for the Entire Trail Run Series at once and choose a bonus Hoodie, Headsweats hat or visor! Details are on the Registration page.
At the series finale (Rope Mill Half Marathon and 10k) we will present awards to the top three finishers in each category, in both the long and short course distances. You must finish 3 of the 4 races to be eligible for series awards and you must also be present at the Rope Mill Event on June 11th to receive your award. Series points do not transfer between short and long courses or across age divisions, so if you are going for an overall series award, you must race either the short course in all races or the long course in all races.
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Thursday May 19
4:00-7:00 pm Registration/Early Packet Pick Up at Natural Strides: 8636 Main Street, Woodstock, GA 30188
Saturday May 21
6:30-8:00 am Registration and Packet Pick Up
8:15 am Race Brief
8:30 am 10 Mile Race Start
8:55 am 4.5 Mile Race Start
9:00 am Free 10 and Under Kids Race
Directions to Boling Park
From Atlanta: Take I-75 to I-575. Get off I-575 exit 16 and keep left to merge onto GA-140 W/GA-20 W toward GA-5 N. At the traffic light (there will be a Williamson Bros BBQ at this intersection), turn right onto GA-140 W. Proceed less than a half mile, crossing over the Etowah River. Immediately after the Etowah River bridge, take your first left into the park driveway. There is a large Boling Park Sign. If you pass Cherokee High School, you went too far. Follow the park road about a half mile, going past the soccer fields and water treatment facilities to a larger parking area near a picnic shelter. Race check-in and start will be on the gravel jogging path adjacent to this parking lot.
The race will feature the following age group categories for both the 4.5 and 10 mile race. Awards will be presented to the top three male and female finishers in each age group, in each race. We will also recognize the top three overall male and female finishers. All kids race participants will receive a finisher medal.
- Female under 18
- Female 19-24
- Female 25-29
- Female 30-34
- Female 35-39
- Female 40-44
- Female 45-49
- Female 50-54
- Female 55-59
- Female 60-64
- Female 65-69
- Female 70+
- Male under 18
- Male 19-24
- Male 25-29
- Male 30-34
- Male 35-39
- Male 40-44
- Male 45-49
- Male 50-54
- Male 55-59
- Male 60-64
- Male 65-69
- Male 70+
$100 cash prize to first place overall male and female runner in the long course event, provided by La Sportiva!
In addition to prizes and medals for the top 3 overall male and female, medals will be presented to the top 3 finishers in each age category.
All of our first place winners (overall and age group) in the 10 mile race will receive a custom podium shirt.
The awards ceremony for the 4.5 mile race will take place at approximately 10:15 am. The awards ceremony for the 10 mile race will take place at approximately 11:00 am to allow the majority of 10 mile racers to finish. You must be present at the awards ceremony to receive your award. Awards and prizes will not be mailed. If you win something and bail on the awards ceremony, your prize will be added to the raffle goodies pile or given to a race volunteer.
We will also offer a FREE kids 10 and under race, which will take place on the jogging trail in Boling Park and be approximately one half mile long. All kids race participants will receive a finisher medal. The kids race is not officially timed and no pre-registration is required, however parents must sign a waiver for their children at race check-in.
Your registration fee includes a wicking technical t-shirt. The deadline to be guaranteed a shirt in the size requested is May 7th. If you register after May 7th, you will still receive a shirt, however, limited sizes/styles may be available. If you register late and we run out of event specific shirts, you will receive a wicking Mountain Goat logo tech tee with your registration. Shirts run true to size.
You must FINISH in 3 of the 4 races to be eligible for series awards and you must also be present at the Rope Mill Event on June 11th to receive your award. Awards will not be mailed - any unclaimed awards and prizes will be raffled off to our fabulous race volunteers and those who stick around for the awards ceremony at the Rope Mill event.
Series points do not transfer between short and long courses, so if you are going for an overall series award, you must race either the short course in all races or the long course in all races.
Series points do not transfer between age groups, so you need to race in the same age group for the entire series.
All races count toward final series rankings, there are no dropped races.
In the event of a tie in an age group, the racer with the higher placing at the Rope Mill Series Finale event will receive the higher ranking.
The top 20 in each age group will receive points..1st place will receive 20 pts, 2nd will receive 19 pts, and so on down to 20th place, which receives 1 pt. You will also get 1 bonus point for each racer you beat, so if you place high in a large field, you will receive more points than the same placing in a small field.
Thanks to Boy Scout Troop 241
The 2016 event will benefit Boy Scout Troop 241 for their efforts in building and maintaining the Boling Park Etowah Trail System.
The race will run rain or shine, however, the Race Director reserves the right to cancel or modify segments of the event as deemed necessary for participant safety. No refunds will be given in the event of an act of God that requires cancellation of the race for the saftey of participants. Once the race has started, no refunds will be given due to delayed start or early conclusion of the race.
If you have a race question that was not answered above or would like to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please email the race director at firstname.lastname@example.org