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Start: Whitetop Station (follow signs in the park to the Group Shelter)
Finish: Damascus

When: Saturday, June 5th 2021
8:00am – 50k start
9:00am – 11 Mile start
Rain or shine!

Shuttle leaves from Sun Dog Outfitters in Damascus, VA @ 6am race morning

Crew can access runners at all locations except for the Green Cove.
There will be NO paper cups at the aid stations.

Aid stations at Taylors Valley, Alavarado, Abingdon

Director’s Notes

This is a great first timer’s course and a great course to chase down a PR!!!
This is a cupless race! If you don’t have a cup we recommend the Ultraspire Cup. A hydration pack/bottle is mandatory.

The race will start from Whitetop the beginning of the Virginia Creeper Trail with 9.8 miles of downhill to the first aid station, Taylors Valley. These miles are effortless and offer some of the best views of the national forest.

From Taylors Valley you continue downhill for another 6.9 miles to the town of Damascus and what will later be the finish. From Damascus you will travel to the small town of Alvarado where the aid station is located. Between Damascus and Alvarado there are tales of a magic broken pepsi machine that dispenses magical potions!

From Alvarado you will continue to Abingdon Station which marks the end of the Virginia Creeper Trail. Runners will turn around at the Abingdon aid station and make their way back to Damascus for the finish!!!

Both races limited to 175 participants.
Only entries received by August 1st will have guaranteed shirt size.
No refunds. No transfers. No exceptions.
A portion of our proceeds will go towards support of Sweetwater State Park.

NEW ULTRA RULE: You must list your mobile number in your emergency contacts!!
Connect with other participants on the Facebook event page.

50KM races designed to help runners achieve a new distance and allow veteran runners to run a speedy time or tune up for upcoming fall events. Both races utilize a variety of relatively easy trails, including weaving single-track and broad open fields, as well as narrow trails along the Chattahoochee River. With moderate hills and trails, the course is designed for fast times and for those looking to try their first trail ultra.

The Group Shelter will be the location for the start and the finish. Parking and restrooms are located at Group Shelter. Additional parking and restrooms are located next to the Visitor’s center (approximately ¼ mile from Group Shelter).

Awards – 50mile & 50km
Women/Men: Overall

No duplication or mailing of awards.
All Finishers receive an award, and possibly a beer.

Time Limits
11 hours for the 50k

There will be NO paper cups at the aid stations. Hopefully, most of you will be psyched with this option.
There will likely be some racers unhappy with breaking the tradition of the aid station tables lined with pre-filled cups… but think of the reduced waste!
If you used a paper cup at each of the five aid stations, and half of the field did the same, that is 500 cups going straight in the garbage (200 field size /2 = 100 runners x 5 aid stations). Even if the paper cups are recycled, it is still added waste.
It is great step towards going green!


Sweetwater Creek State Park, located in Lithia Springs, GA, less than 20 miles west of Atlanta.

Directions to Sweetwater State Park
Address: 1750 Mt Vernon Rd, Lithia Springs, GA 30122
Directions on Park website: http://www.gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek#directions

From I20 Westbound from Atlanta:  Exit #44 at Thornton Road, turn left and go 1/4 mile. Turn right on Blairs Bridge Road. After 2 miles, turn left on Mount Vernon Road. After 1 mile, park entrance is on the left (after lake).

From I20 Eastbound from Birmingham, AL:  Exit #41 at Lee Road, turn right. After approximately 1 mile, turn left on Cedar Terrace Rd. After 1 mile, turn right on Mount Vernon Road. In less than ½ mile, the park entrance is on the left (after lake).

New 2019 Course Information

We will be using our 2015 course – it’s fast and has produced the fastest finishing times along with number of finishers the last 5 years.

11.1 Mile Loops- 50k ( 3 loops )

New loop course designed to help veterans and newbies save their race. You will pass the shelter every 11.1 miles where you will be able to cool off, access your bags and put your race plan back on track if the heat and humidity get you down. The 11 mile course is designed to keep your mind active with stream crossings, old jeep roads and runnable single track with a little bushwacking to keep you honest.

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