The North Face: 50 mile, 50k, marathon, half marathon ...

  • September 28, 2013 · 5:00 AM

This one takes place in Pine Mountain, GA, near Callaway Gardens. Many distances to choose from - longer races are on Saturday, shorter races are on Sunday. Suggesting this now because it's time to start training for the longer ones. I'm doing the marathon -- it will be my first trail marathon (and first marathon in 13 years)!

See the site for detailed info:
http://www.thenorthface.com/en_US/endurance-challenge/atlanta-ga/?stop_mobi=yes

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  • Kevin

    It was a rough but beautiful course, fantastic atmosphere with all the other upbeat runners, fantastic sunrise, amazing weather (couldn't have asked for better), helpful aid stations and volunteers, a few surprises (the newly downed tree around mile 22), and just a smidge of frustration (from stubbing toes...on everything haha - my poor form).

    Had my right leg completely cramp up around mile 43 and had 5 runners who passed me all trying to help/check on me and after 5 minutes of nutrition/massaging, had a guy in blue shirt actually help me get back up and going again - worth all the pain.

    Will do again!

    2 · October 1, 2013

  • Clayton

    I think I am hooked now. :-) The atmosphere at this race was so much better than any of the road races I have been to. Not to say that they were bad, but just that this one was that good. Everyone I talked to was incredibly friendly, even while on the trail.

    3 · September 29, 2013

    • Phil C.

      It's a trail-running thing. Check out any of the trail or ultra groups (Guts, Mountain Goats, Yetis, Dumass, etc.) and you'll find the same party attitude.

      September 29, 2013

  • Deborah

    Super Congrats to badxyz Cathy G- 3rd Place Marathon!!...hear she had a nice little interlude with a fella name...Dean!!!

    1 · September 29, 2013

    • Cathy G

      Haha! I was so shocked to hear my name and in so much pain from a bad spill 1/2 mile from the finish that I didn't at first realize that it was Dean himself helping me up on the stage and podium. The whole day was surreal, it hasn't really all sunk in. I didn't know I was in third until they told me at the 20-mile aid station, so then I really had to dig deep on those last 6. AMAZING course - I love those trails!!! Weather was perfect, it was a perfect first marathon for me!!!

      September 29, 2013

  • Deborah

    Hi y'all! How did it go? Hate having to miss so many races..but as they say, "life happens"! Would love to hear all about your experiences!! :-)

    September 29, 2013

    • Phil C.

      Cathy did great on the marathon! (apparently without trying :-) I wound up about mid pack on the 50K and had a great day. No blisters, cramps, or falls is the best I could ask for. Not sure who else was there, I didn't see any other familiar faces.

      September 29, 2013

  • Elizabeth G.

    What distance is everyone doing? I'm debating jumping in to marathon or 50k...

    August 24, 2013

    • Cathy G

      Giiiiiiiirl -- are you crazy?! I had a 10-week hiatus in my training. Saturday's 20 miles nearly killed me. I'll consider myself doing well if I can finish the marathon! It will be fun, regardless. I am looking forward to seeing the course.

      1 · September 10, 2013

    • Deborah

      oh no, sorry to hear. But I think you are going into it with the right reference point--Enjoy. Finish. Celebrate!! :-)

      September 18, 2013

  • Clayton

    The 1/2 will be my first trail race. Looking forward to it!

    1 · September 13, 2013

  • Phil C.

    We need to arrange a place to "Meet Up". When is everyone going? I'm planning on going down Friday night since my start time is 7:00 AM on Saturday. We could look for each other at the panel discussion on Friday night and then carb up afterwards. I think last year Callaway had a pasta dinner in the Inn after the meeting.

    September 10, 2013

    • Cathy G

      Great idea! Me and a friend from D.C. are arriving Friday, as well. We'll

      1 · September 10, 2013

    • Cathy G

      ... Look for you at the discussion!

      September 10, 2013

  • Robert G.

    I'm looking at the half marathon on Sunday as my first trail running race. Is this a good first timer race?

    August 31, 2013

  • Seth R.

    Have many runs getting ready for this. Love to have company on these long runs.

    July 16, 2013

  • Deborah

    CG-what distance you running?

    June 9, 2013

    • Deborah

      yeah, that 50K is tempting! :-)

      1 · June 9, 2013

    • Deborah

      ..and then there's that 50miler! oh my!

      1 · June 9, 2013

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