Downhill: Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Lace up your sneakers, lean forward and get ready for the 9th Annual Tear Drop Half Marathon! If you’re looking for a fast and scenic half marathon then join us on Sunday, April 23, 2023!
All distances will start on top of Fort Mountain at an elevation near 3000 feet and finish in Chatsworth, Georgia, for an over 2000-foot drop for the Half Marathon. All courses (13.1, 10K, 5K) are USAT&F certified for those participants that are looking to set a personal record or for a qualifying time at a race elsewhere. Chatsworth is 80 miles from Atlanta, 40 miles from Chattanooga and 10 miles from Dalton.
The race courses are on all paved roads and features 7 miles of 5-10% grade downhill for the 13.1, 5 miles downhill for the 10K and 2 miles for the 5K (which will improve your time :40- 1:20 per mile!) and then a flat to rolling finish. Again this year the Half Marathon will run an out and back on top of the mountain, which runners will encounter several climbs (it's not all downhill). The scenic route through the Cohutta Wilderness Area and finishes at beautiful City Park in Chatsworth welcomes racers of all abilities.
In addition to the half marathon 10K & 5K, there will be plenty of extras for the runners! Beautiful CUSTOM medals for all event finishers and every participant will receive a T-Shirt in addition to live music, post-race hot food, cold drinks; beer for 21 and over participants! There will also be great raffle prizes for all participants!
Why the name Tear Drop?
We wanted to include both the historical and geographical interests of the area. The historical start of the Trail of Tears, the Trail of Tears historic route intersects our course, and geographically Fort Mountain, where the race starts in the Cohutta Wilderness, which has a 2400’ prominence above Chatsworth! Thus combining both features into the name Tear Drop.
Some running stats:
The event supports the Murray Arts Council. A majority of race day volunteers will be there in support of this organization!
Murray Arts Council was established in the summer of 2012. We are located in Downtown Chatsworth and provide art exhibits, theatrical performances, concerts and classes to expand art awareness in Murray County. Recently, Murray County was chosen along with seven other communities in NW Georgia and SE Tennessee to participate in a Thriving Communities grant program sponsored by the Lyndhurst Foundation to fund a program that combines art and culture to enhance the vitality of our community.
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ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES AT THURSDAY 7:00 PM April 21, 2022 (in-person 4/23, 4/24 at City Park)
Half Marathon Entry Fees (Start time 7:30am)
Capacity: 300 runners
10K Entry Fees (Start Time 7:50am)
Capacity: 150 runners
5K Entry Fees (Start Time 8:05am)
Capacity: 100 runners
1-Mile Fun Run/Walk (Start Time 8:00am)
Capacity: 50 runners
Runners will receive both a gun time and chip (half marathon only) or net time. Overall awards are based on gun times. Age group awards are based on chip or net time.
All participants will receive a shirt, medal and a finisher picture. Must be registered by 4/1/23 to guarantee a t-shirt, otherwise while supplies last.
Bicycles, skateboards, baby strollers/joggers, roller skates, and animals are not allowed in the race. Headphones are strongly discouraged.
USATF Certification # GA20042WC (Half Marathon)
Start Rules (half marathon)
Start Rules (10K) GA20043WC
Start Rules (5K) GA20044WC
Aid Stations 2 Aid stations (Start, Mile 2) containing water and sports drinks and bathrooms will be available on the course.
Time Limit The time limit for the Half Marathon is 3 hours. Due to GDOT restrictions and the closing of a state highway (SR52) we are limited to 3 hours. Any half participant not to the 10 mile point within 2 hour 15 mins will be removed from the course and into the "follow" vehicle. If on course after 3 hours (and past Old Federal Rd), city streets are re-opened and course support shut down, any remaining runners/walkers will need to move to the sidewalks. All finishers will receive a medal. 2 hour time limit 10K and 1.5 hour for 5K. Downhill makes you faster but downhill training is still crucial!
Packet Pick-up/Registration Saturday 4/22/23 2-5pm. Sunday 4/23/23 5:45-7:10am(half), 6:30-7:35(10K), 7-8am (5K&1-Mile)City Park 401 N. 2nd Ave Chatsworth GA
Race Timing The race will utilize MyLaps timing chips that are be affixed to each racer’s number bib. Each runner will also receive a bib number to be worn during the race. Make sure you wear the # you are assigned!
There are no refunds or transfers allowed.
Saturday 4/22/23 2-5pm
Sunday 4/23/23 5:45-7:10am(half), 6:30-7:35(10K), 7-8am (5K&1-Mile)
City Park 401 N. 2nd Ave Chatsworth GA
The race will utilize MyLaps timing chips that are be affixed to each racer’s number bib. Each runner will also receive a bib number to be worn during the race. Make sure you wear the # you are assigned!
City Park - Our finish location! (Fort Mountain in background 2400' above)
2023 Shirt and Medals!
Video re-cap 2019