Enjoy the marathon and half marathon entirely within Callaway Gardens on one of the most beautiful courses that you'll ever run! Pass the Day Butterfly Center, Callaway Discovery Center, Sibley Horticultural Center, the Ida Cason Memorial Chapel, the Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl and Mr Cason's Vegetable Garden and enjoy the gentle rolling hills. If you've never run at Callaway Gardens you've got a real treat coming to you!
The 5K is around Robin Lake - flat and very fast!
Event details and schedule
We are excited to have you join us on January 30 for the first race of the Callaway Gardens Fitness Series; The Callaway Gardens Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5k.
Below you will find some important information about our race weekend.
PACKET PICK UP: You can pick up your packet on either Friday January 29 from 4pm-7pm OR Saturday (race morning) from 6:30am-7:45am. Packet pick up will take place in the white Circus Tent through the beach entrance on Hwy 27.
LATE REGISTRATION: Athletes can register for late registration at either packet pick up. The cost is $75.
ENTRY: Please bring your race confirmation email for free entry into the gardens.
RACE BIBS: Bibs must be worn on the front of your body and remain unfolded for proper timing and be visible at the finish.
START TIMES: The 5k will begin at 8:00AM and the Marathon & Half- Marathon at approximately 8:10AM. The cut off for the Marathon is 8 hours.
MAPS and COURSE: The 2016 Marathon and Half Marathon is USATF certified. An online course map can be found here: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/969049149 or http://www.halfmarathons.net/course-map-callaway-gardens-half-marathon/
The Marathon is 2 loops of the half course.
The 5k loops around Robin Lake. http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/969053511
There will be lead and sag cyclists for each race and pacers for the marathon/half marathon in 15 min increments.
AID STATIONS: There will be 6-7 aid stations along the half course approx 1.5-2 miles apart (marathon will pass by 2x). Portapotties, Cerasport, water, gels, coke, pretzels/chips, etc will be available.
AWARDS: Awards to top 3 finishers in the 5k, Half Marathon, and Marathon. Age group awards 3 deep for Half Marathon and Marathon. 1 deep for 5k age groups- Finisher medals for all participants, for all races. Awards for the 5k will be at approximately 9am, Half Marathon at approx 11am, and the Marathon at approx 1230/1pm. Awards times are subject to change based on average finish times.
HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: Mountain Creek Inn (host hotel) (844) 378-2528 ask for the "Fitness Series" rate. Other Callaway Gardens accommodations include the Southern Pine Cottages and Villas @ Mountain creek.
ADDRESS: Pine Mountain, Georgia 31822
DIRECTIONS: From Atlanta take I-85 south to I-185. Take I-185 south to exit 42 (Hwy 27). Go left on Hwy 27 to Pine Mountain. Go one mile past Pine Mountain on Hwy 27 to Callaway Gardens beach entrance on your right. The Mountain Creek Inn is one mile past the beach entrance on Hwy 27 on your left.
SPONSORS: We couldn't make this weekend happen with out our sponsors. Thank you to Beres Chiropractic, Max Fitness, Ride On Bikes, Multisport Athletics, Kim Mixon Realtor, Graham Legal Firm, West Georgia Foot and Ankle, Below the Knee, The Outside World, Callaway Gardens.
On behalf of TriColumbusGA and Callaway Gardens I look forward to welcoming you!