Downhill: Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Lace up your sneakers, lean forward and get ready for the 4th Annual Tear Drop Half Marathon! If you’re looking for a fast and scenic half marathon then join us on Saturday, April 28, 2018.
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) will be 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 consensus among runners who have run it both years prefer to have the "added" miles at the top (2016) rather than for the last segment (2015). 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 medals for all 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. We had much discussion about the name of the event with Chatsworth community leaders, which obviously supported the name and also the event in general to showcase and bring people into the area. We even reached out to the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears for guidance for the name, which they approved, and to be beneficiary but they declined to be a partner on our event. We're conscience of the name being misconstrued as exploitative but one of our goals for the event was to showcase the area and hopefully have an economic impact as well. Calling it the Chatsworth Half we felt would have ignored the area's history. The Fort Mountain Marathon and Half Marathon is currently in use for a trail race organization and runs through the trails of Fort Mountain State Park.
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
WEDNESDAY 11:59 PM APRIL 25, 2018
Half Marathon Entry Fees (Start time 7:30am)
Capacity: 400 runners
10K Entry Fees (Start Time 7:50am)
Capacity: 200 runners
5K Entry Fees (Start Time 8:05am)
Capacity: 150 runners
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 4/15/17 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 # GA15049WC (Half Marathon)
Start Rules (half marathon)
5 Aid stations (Mile 3, Mile 5, Mile 7, Mile 8, Mile 10) containing water and sports drinks and bathrooms will be available on the course.
Start Rules (10K)
The time limit for the Half Marathon is 3 hours. Once the streets are re-opened and course support shut down, any remaining runners/walkers will need to move to the sidewalks or picked up the SAG vehicle. All finishers will receive a medal. Downhill makes you faster!
Friday 4/27/18 5-8pm
Saturday 4/28/18 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)