Georgia > The North Face Endurance Challenge Half Marathon - Atlanta, GA
Pine Mountain, GA • Sunday, September 29, 2013 • Course Map
One of a series of multi-race trail and endurance events staged by The North Face throughout the year -- including races in Wisconsin, New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Seattle -- the Atlanta installment of the Endurance Challenge Marathon, Half Marathon and 50K race series actually takes place in the small western Georgia town of Pine Mountain, home to the Callaway Gardens golf resort and spa.
The town also lies within a few miles of Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, where the race is set to take runners along the Pine Mountain Trail, which stretches some 23 miles along single-track trails that wind through the 9,000-acre park's many hills and forests. Named for the former president, the park also lies within a short drive of the "Little White House," where he often vacationed during the 1930s.
Runners may choose among four different races at the two-day event -- on Saturday, runners can try the 26.2-mile full marathon or the 50K race (there's also a relay for the full marathon), or tackle the half marathon, 10K or 5K on Sunday. In addition to the races for adults, there's also a one-kilometer race for kids on Saturday afternoon, which starts at 11:00 AM.
From the starting and finish line at the Liberty Pool area inside the park, just off Highway 354, runners then head out on a clockwise loop route that winds mostly along the Pine Mountain Trail, with plenty of challenging uphill and downhill sections that also feature lots of tree roots, loose rocks and possibly even muddy, wet sections, depending on the weather in the days leading up to the race. All of the trails are narrow single-track trails, organizers note, so runners should expect some technical and difficult stretches.
The course makes what is basically a large oval loop through the park, first along the Pine Mountain Trail and then, once runners reach the easternmost point of the half marathon route, turns onto the Sawtooth and Big Popular Loop trails. Runners can expect to see plenty of gorgeous views along the route, especially in the middle portion of the race as they run along the trail section that overlooks Pine Mountain Valley.
The home stretch of the race brings runners back into the starting and finish line area along the Pool Trail, which organizers note will also include a final quarter-mile stretch through an open field, where all the spectators will be able to watch the runners make their way in to the finish line.
Runners will have four hours to complete the half marathon, and there will be aid stations along the course, stocked with water as well as GU energy gel packets and nuun electrolyte tablets.
Race Weather & Climate
Located just miles from the Georgia-Alabama border near Columbus and roughly 80 miles southwest of Atlanta, Pine Mountain typically sees September temperatures that average between 61°F and 84°F, while rainfall totals average just over 3.1 inches for the month (making September the city's second-driest month of the year).
On the day of the race (Sept. 29), the average low is 56°F and the average high is 80°F.
View the race route map for the North Face Half Marathon
8:00 AM - half marathon
9:00 AM - 10K
9:15 AM - 5K
$65 for the half marathon, if registered by April 4, 2013
$70 between April 5 - July 5
$95 between July 6 - September 22
$100 during the week of the race
To reserve your spot in the early fall 2013 running of Pine Mountain's The North Face Endurance Challenge Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at RaceIt.com.
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