As we always say - "...a little ol' 5K with just one hill"....but oh, what a hill - probably the toughest 5K in Georgia and surrounding states! Up for the challenge?
DIRECTIONS ? Your best bet is to get out your map ?. (from Atlanta) drive to Helen, GA and take Hwy. 17/75 north to the Highway 180 turnoff to the left (look for Brasstown Bald sign). Travel approx. 9 miles and the entrance is on the right. DO NOT PARK ON HIGHWAY 180 AT THE BOTTOM OF BRASSTOWN BALD! HIGHWAY PATROL AND FOREST SERVICE PERSONNEL WILL BE ON HAND TO ?DISCOURAGE? YOU FROM DOING THAT! If we should have one of our snow/sleet days and can?t get to the top we will set up at the base of Brasstown ? either way, the event is a go!COST: Early registration (received by December 7,2012) is $25.00. After 12/7/12 and race day registration is $30.00. NO REFUNDS! (We run/walk/crawl in rain. sleet, snow, fog or sunshine!)
WHAT YOU GET FOR THAT ENTRY FEE - 1) You get to say you ran/walked/crawled the toughest race in Georgia, 2) you get a great, colorful warm sweatshirt provided by New World Graphics of Athens, GA , 3) the uncertainty of what the weather will be like before, during and after the event, 4) spectacular views if the weather is clear, 5) spectacular views of the backside of the person in front of you during this 1864? climb over 3.1 miles (okay, there is a stretch of flat of about 50-yards at the 2.5 mile mark), 6) some of Ms. Anne's famous homemade vegetable soup and banana bread, 7) and this is most important - a fun time, regardless of the pain and suffering and weather!
AWARDS - ALL finishers receive a unique ?I Beat the Brasstown? award.....hey, it?s the toughest race in Georgia - you finish it, you deserve an award. Award also given to overall male & female finisher.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR THIS ?LITTLE OL? 5K? ? Pre-race prayer has always helped; plenty of hill repeats before the race helps; walking during the race helps; grabbing hold of the shorts of the person ahead of you helps (just be courteous and ask first); but actually, having a stand-in runner is probably the best bet!
POST RACE ACTIVITIES: Plenty of hot chocolate, apple cider, Anne Patrick?s wonderful homemade soup and other low-level munchies!
QUESTIONS: Contact Gary Jenkins at 678-795-0115 or email@example.com or www.georgiarunner.com. To see the live webcam view from atop Brasstown Bald (check the weather?) go to: www.fs.fed.us/conf/webcam.htm
$25 thru 12/7/12; $30 after 12/7 and on race day