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The course starts just off the square in Lynchburg, Tennessee and winds through rural Moore County Tennessee and passes the Jack Daniel’s Distillery. The course finishes the 13.1 mile loop on the Lynchburg town square.
Lynchburg sits at the low point of a beautiful, picturesque valley, and because of this, the race course does include a few hills. Since start and finish locations of the race are essentially at the same elevation, any hills that you get to climb, you also get to descend.
If you are looking for an address to plug into a map program or GPS for directions for the race start, use: 196 Main Street, Lynchburg, TN 37352 (35.282622,-86.373524).
Parking for the race will be in Wiseman Park which is just behind the Moore County square. A parking map will be posted soon.
Understand, that because Lynchburg sits in a valley, the race course incorporates a few hills. The scenic beauty of Moore County; however, will far outweigh any of the challenges presented by the hills. This will NOT be a â€œflat and fastâ€ personal record setting course but hopefully will be a fun and memorable race.
A link to the course map can be found on MapMyRun. As promised the course includes a few hills. Most of the altitude required to get up on the ridge above town is gained in a little over a mile. In addition to that one major hill, the course includes few rolling hills but none that are significant. After mile 9, the course is either a shallow downhill grade or flat to the finish line.
Things to know about the course
- This is NOT a flat course
- There is one character building hill (Whiskey Hill) that starts at about mile 4.
- Whiskey Hill is a gradual climb for about a mile. The last little bit of it however gets very steep. The steep part is very short.
- There is one other hill that is very short.
- There is a gradual downhill section that runs from about mile 9 to 12.
- The last mile is flat.
The Georgia Death Race is a point-to-point ultramarathon trail race in North Georgia. The race is 68ish miles with close to 40,000 feet of elevation change, starting at Vogel State Park and finishing at Amicalola Falls State Park. Starting the race at 5:00 a.m. allows runners of all speeds to be on top of Duncan Ridge on the Duncan Ridge Trail for the sunrise. From here you will see the sun rise over the back of Brasstown Blad, the highest point in Georgia. With the leaves off the trees the sunrise will light up the surrounding mountains and valleys that make up Northern Georgia. This, in it self, makes it worth it to run the race. The first 8 miles has close to 3,500 feet of elevation change. Including the 2,300 ft climb over 3.8 miles up to the summit of Coosa Bald.
Other course highlights include views from random points along the trail of mountains as far as you can see, the Toccoa Swinging Bridge, Amicalola Falls, the remote Benton Mackaye and Duncan Ridge Trails, and a beautiful wide open field with close to unobstructed views of the mountains some 37 miles in. Not to mention this race is hard as nails.
While the point of the race is for it to be hard, the real reason for this race is to showcase the North Georgia Mountain trails as well as create an experience that you will never forget. The sheer beauty of this race masks the difficulty of the terrain.
Included in the entry fee are 10 fully stocked aid stations in the middle of no where, a 68 mile point to point course, a unique tee, some photos (if our photographers take photos of you), a Death Race Spike (only if you finish), hot meal (catered) ), and everything else that comes with doing a 68 mile course in the mountains.
$100 cash prize for whomever picks up the most trash on the course.