Pine Mountain Trail Run Details

Date and Time:  Sunday, December 6, 2020

46 mile - 6:00am   *exact wave start times TBD

19 mile - 9:00 am  *exact wave start times TBD

Where
FDR State Park - Pine Mountain, GA. Start at Lake Delanor dam and finish at the Picnic Pavilion #2 (adjacent to group shelter) - view park map here

Parking
All vehicles require an annual Georgia State Park pass or $5 daily paid pass. Every vehicle, everywhere in the park (this is important!) To save space in the park and maybe a few bucks, please carpool!

We will have some parking available by the Picnic Pavilion #2/Group Shelter. When we have reached our allotted number of spaces, parking will be directed to the upper lot by the Lake Delano boat house. Should THAT lot become full, overflow parking is available at the Liberty Bell Pool, .85 miles from the start. 46-mile runners will have priority parking. If you are running the 19, please follow signs to the boat house or Liberty Bell Pool. We encourage carpooling amongst friends and quarantine running buddies.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR 2020

First and foremost, THANK YOU for being a part of the GUTS family. We are so excited to end the year with an event that brings a sense of normalcy to our lives. This year has made me truly appreciate our trail running community. In order to have the safest race possible and end the year on a high note, we must cover some basic safety information, which will be repeated through this handbook.

  1. MASK UP! At the start, when hanging out after you finish, when approaching aid stations, and any other time you come within 10’ of other runners or hikers.
  2. Volunteers will be provided complimentary GUTS Boco masks and gloves to wear while assisting runners.
  3. As has always been the case, all aid stations will have disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer.
  4. Food will be individually packaged or portioned and served to you by a volunteer.
  5. We will implement staggered starts to avoid crowding and conga lines.
  6. Last, but MOST importantly, please DO NOT show up to this race if you are feeling under the weather or have had recent known or suspected exposure to Covid-19.

 

Packet Pick Up, Check-In, and Registration Changes

Saturday, 12/5,4:00-6:00PM, F.D. ROOSEVELT STATE PARK – Exact location TBD, but either at the finish Picnic Pavilion #2 or at the RD’s cabin (view map here) - Park at the LAKE and walk over from there. Details will be emailed to the address you used on UltraSignup a week prior to the event.

Sunday 12/6, 4:45-5:45AM – 46 MILER ONLY -  Picnic Pavilion #2 (near group shelter)
In an effort to limit crowding at the start, ONLY participants doing the 46-mile race may get their bibs and packets at this time. Once you have what you need, please move away from the picnic pavilion to avoid congestion and crowding.

Sunday 12/6, 7:00-8:30AM – 19 MILER-  Picnic Pavilion #2 (near group shelter)
Please observe safe social distancing practice. Once you have your bib and packet, do not congregate around the picnic pavilion waiting to start.

Please check in during your alotted time to avoid confusion and crowding at the check-in table!  Runners must wear a mask at check in. PACKETS MUST BE PICKED UP IN PERSON. WE WILL NOT BE MAILING SHIRTS, BIBS OR PACKETS. Every runner must pick up their own packet. We cannot permit someone picking up packets for an entire group.

NO IN-PERSON REGISTRATIONS. Please sign up on UltraSignup by 11:59PM Monday, 11/30. If you somehow miss this deadline and absolutely MUST do this race, please email RD - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Drop-downs can occur the day of the race during packet pickup, but cancelations MUST be handled by YOU, online. If you do not take care of this before the race start, you will be counted as a DNS. We will not have the time to manage this for you if you change your mind at the last minute! 

IF YOU CHECK IN BUT DO NOT START THE RACE, YOU WILL BE COUNTED AS A DNS.

Runner Check-in
When you pick up your packet and bib, you are automatically “checked in” for the race. All you need to do is show up on time for your start wave (see below) and start running. If something happens between check-in and the race that prevents you from starting, you MUST let the RD know! Please do not ghost on the race and leave us wondering if you’re stuck in the woods after dark.

Drop Bags 
Drop bags will be accessible at Dowdell Knob for the 46-mile runners. Bags need to be lightweight, weather-resistant, easy to find, and very clearly labeled with your last name and bib number. Please do not pack your entire running wardrobe or kitchen pantry, or anything valuable or breakable. If you drop and need your bag, you are responsible for retrieving it from Dowdell Knob or you can get it at the finish line sometime after the race has finished. If you drop at Dowdell, please take your bag with you if you get a ride back to the start/finish. GUTS is not responsible for lost, broken, or soggy items.

Start Waves
Out of an abundance of caution, we will be starting runners in waves of 15-25 people. Groups will be sent off with 5-minute gap between waves. Just like a normal race, runners will be positioned based on approximate placing to avoid conga lines and crowding on the trail. While official start times will remain as posted (6:00AM and 9:00AM), you may have a start time of 5:55 AM, or 8:45 AM. Cutoffs will be based off of the posted start times, with the last wave starting BY that time, so cutoffs will reflect the pace you must maintain to complete either course by 7:00PM. Whether we do chip timing or manual entry, your official time will be adjusted based on YOUR start, so long as you start by the posted time. We will provide your exact start group and time prior to the race.

Cutoffs

Cutoffs will be strictly enforced. Cutoff times for the 46-mile race will be generous to start and tighter toward the finish. If you are not sure you can go 20 miles in 6 hours, please consider the 19-mile distance. You must be through the aid station and on the trail BY the given time. If a station closes at 2:00PM, for example, you need to be through and on the trail at 2:00.

Runners must wear a mask while in the aid stations. BRING YOUR OWN MASK - we will not provide masks. If you have a very rigid race diet, be sure to stock your pack well and take advantage of being able to access your drop bag during the 46-mile race. Please be polite and don't get cross with any volunteers if your favorite race food is not available

AID STATION/CUTOFF CHART - 46 mile
We recommend training to stay ahead of the 13-hour pace, or 16:57/mile. You will want to have the capacity to carry fluid and calories to get you through at least a couple hours in between aid, depending on pace. Cutoffs in bold print are hard cutoffs. If you are not leaving the aid station by the time indicated, you may not continue. If you are close to cutoff at Mollyhugger on your outbound journey, we ask you to consider following the 19-mile course back to receive a finishing time for that distance.

Outside of events, no one is allowed on the trail after dark, but we have special permission provided our sweepers are off the trail by 8pm. Please respect the park rules and the volunteers and do not argue if you miss the cutoff!

OB – Outbound , IB – Inbound
Hydration – water and Gatorade or Powerade
Standard fare – individually packaged snacks and additional drinks ie) chips, crackers, sweets, fruit chews, soda, etc. Some later aid stations may provide warm foods.

Station Approx Mileage Crew/Aid 13-hr pace / Cutoff
Start 0 NO/ Hydration only must start by 6:30am
Chestnut Oak 7.4 NO/ Hydration only 8:00am
Fox Den (OB) 12 NO/Standard fare 9:23am
Mollyhugger (OB) 16.8 NO/Standard 10:45am / 2:15PM
Dowdell Knob (OB) 20 Yes/Standard/bag 11:39am
Rocky Point (OB) 23.4 NO/Standard 12:40pm
TV Tower  28 Yes/Standard 2:00PM
Rocky Point (IB) 31 NO/Standard 2:46pm
Dowdell Knob (IB) 34 Yes/Standard/bag 3:36pm
Mollyhugger (IB) 37.5 Yes/Standard 4:35pm
Fox Den (IB) 40 Yes/Standard 5:15PM
Buzzard’s Roost (IB only) 43 NO/Hydration only 6:09PM
FINISH 46 Yes/Standard fare 7:00PM

 

AID STATION/CUTOFF CHART - 19 mile
With the comfortable 9:00AM start, you’ll get to sleep in AND still have 10 hours to complete this course! This is a hiker-friendly distance as you can complete it while maintaining a generous 30min/mile pace. However, we must still adhere to park regulations and ensure our runners are off the trail by 7:00 PM and sweepers are off the trail by 8:00 PM. Hard cutoffs are indicated in bold print.

Station Approx Mileage Crew/Aid 10-hr pace / Cutoff
Start 0 NO/Hydration Must start by 9:30
Fox Den (OB) 5.2 NO/Standard fare 11:45am
Mollyhugger 10 Yes/Standard fare 2:15pm
Fox Den (IB) 13 Yes/Standard fare 3:50pm / 5:15PM
Buzzard’s Roost (IB only) 16 NO/Hydration 5:15pm
FINISH 19 Yes/Standard 7:00PM

 

Course - The course will be well marked. Official state park waterproof trail maps are available at the park headquarters or by mail from the Pine Mountain Trail Assoc. You should not need a map on race day, but they're good to have and your crew will find they come in handy.

Click the map below for a detailed course map

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PLEASE NOTE: The actual START of each race will be on the road/dam of Lake Delanor. You’ll be directed to the start at packet pickup. GPS mapping typically comes up short of what the description of the race provides, but it does not account for every bump, twist, and turn that adds to a lot more cumulative mileage than the maps show!

Strava:
https://www.strava.com/routes/2748672081771995170
https://www.strava.com/routes/2748670678950269986
AllTrails:
https://www.alltrails.com/explore/map/pmtr-19-ish-78f7d96?u=i
https://www.alltrails.com/explore/map/pmtr-46-17a3120?u=i
Pine Mountain Trail Association Map: https://www.pinemountaintrail.org/store/p1/Pine_Mountain_Trail_detailed_topographic_map.html

Drops
If you drop, you MUST let an aid station captain know. If we are on the trail after dark looking for you and you're at home eating dinner, we will not be very happy. If you drop and receive transport back to the start before a volunteer can take you, please let the aid station captain know this as well.

Crew
To avoid crowding at the trailheads, runners are permitted ONE crew member at an aid station. If your crew person is helping you, you must step far enough off the trail that others can pass with ease. All crew must observe the same mask regulations and have one on if they come within 10’ of other runners and hikers. Please do not receive aid from your crew right by the aid station. Crew may only go to their runners at the halfway point and after for either race (mile 10 & 20 for the 19 & 46, respectively). Fox Den and Mollyhugger are ESPECIALLY busy in the first half of the day and we cannot have crew hanging around while the majority of runners are trying to make their way through. Please let your crew person know to stay back from the aid station while waiting for you, and that the volunteers do not have information about every runner’s whereabouts on the course. It is up to you to give your best approximation of arrival time for your crew to be ready to help you.

Runners Requiring Assitance
If you require a guide or safety runner, please contact the race director and let her know so that they can sign a waiver. Please understand that cutoff times cannot be adjusted per park regulations.

Required Gear

Annual State Park or paid Day Pass for every vehicle in all areas of the park. (Again, this is important, especially if we want to keep having this race!)

Headlamp/flashlight: 46-mile runners will need a strong headlamp or flashlight at the start as the first hour or so will be in the dark (or longer, if it's cloudy and rainy as in years past). We will NOT have a headlamp or flashlight drop this year... we inevitebly wind up with sweaty headlamps that have no home. You can leave it with your drop bag if you wish, but please note that if you are chasing cutoffs you may wish to have it to get you to the finish.

Strongly Recommended Gear

Hydration: Even our course record-holder carries a handheld. Have a bottle or hydration pack!

Gloves, hat, jacket and/or warm layer. Some years it's close to 70 degrees, other years it's been in the 40s and dumped rain all day. Recommended gear may become required gear if the weather turns nasty, so be prepared and at least have items with you. You can always drop them at Fox Den or with your bag at Dowdell Knob.

Whistle: You won't be very far from people at any given time, but we'll find you a lot quicker if you're hurt if we can hear you.

Septic-safe TP: There are no bathrooms along the course, just "lots of trees", according to Pine Mountain Trail Association.

Park map: Download to your phone or carry a paper copy with you. Wrong turns happen. Know how to get back on course! (purchase one here and have it delivered to you!)

Not Recommended 
Over-the-ear headphones are NOT allowed. Earbuds are OK. Please play your device at a reasonable volume to hear approaching runners and volunteer instructions. No judgments here if you need a little Kiss or Katy Perry to get you through this.

Speakers or using your phone to play music out loud is also not allowed. Don't be that guy (or girl).

Park and Race Etiquette
This is always worth repeating: If you intend to pass, state it out loud with enough warning to give the runner in front of you time to decide the safest spot to step out of the way. Please pull up your buff or put on a mask when passing. If a runner tells you they are passing, you may absolute say “just a moment” as you find a safe spot to slow down or stop to let them by. No shoulder-checking, no sneaking up on people, no tailgating, no yelling “ON YOUR LEFT” as you barrel by.

No over-the-ear headphones. No portable speakers. If using earbuds, keep the volume low and consider keeping one ear open to hear your surroundings. I personally prefer Aftershokz, which allow me to hear everything and carry on a conversation.

As with all GUTS races, we are sharing a public park and there will be hikers. Yield to oncoming traffic and pass at a respectful speed. Offer a friendly greeting and wish them a good day.

If you need to "go", please go off the trail! No one wants to run up on someone marking a tree 2 feet away from the trail. Septic-safe TP can be covered with leaves and left to decompose. If you need to do anything else, please try to dig a hole!

Be sure to listen to and thank our park rangers and volunteers!

If you miss a cutoff or are pulled for medical reasons, we understand you might get upset. Please do not take this out on the person pulling you. Save it for the race director; she can handle your anger and expressive language.

Please visit https://gastateparks.org/ParkRules for additional park rules, especially if you are staying within the park!

Post-Race 
Due to concerns and restrictions related to COVID-19 we will not have post race food available. Awards will be handed out as runners finish. We will provide a finish line aid station with much of the same aid station standard fare to make sure you can top off on hydration and calories before leaving. We of course encourage friends and family to cheer you on at the finish and hang around (with masks on!) if the weather permits post-race lounging. We will not have a formal awards ceremony. If you are a podium finisher or Grand Master’s winner, you will receive your custom prize as you finish. All finishers will receive a unique award.

Results
Results will be posted to the GUTS website and Ultrasignup. Please allow a night or two for results to be loaded.

Lodging

Cabins and camping are available in FDR State Park. Visit the State Park website to reserve: http://gastateparks.org/FDRoosevelt

The Mountain Top Inn is located just two miles from the Start/Finish. The Mountain Top Inn has several lodging options available. Visit www.mountaintopinnga.com to book rooms, or call 706.663.4719.

In the town of Pine Mountain, just 10 minutes away you'll find the Chiley Murrah B&B, Garden Inn, and Days Inn.

Proceeds
A portion of the proceeds from the Pine Mountain Trail Mile Run will go to the Pine Mountain Trail Association, the Friends of FDR State Park, and the FDR State Park Search & Rescue Team. So far we have donated more than $7000 to the to these organizations.

Race Contact:
Jennifer Raby, Race Director
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