Bootlegger Marathon, Half Marathon & 4-Miler

Saturday, June 6, 2015 • Dawsonville, GA • Course Map

If you’re a NASCAR or racing fan, you’ll get a kick out of the Bootlegger Half Marathon, which follows an out-and-back course that starts and finishes in front of the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame here in this small north Georgia city, a museum that traces the roots of auto racing from the backwoods of the mountains of Georgia all the way to the present day.

Runners start the race at the museum, which lies near the Dawsonville City Hall on Highway 53 near the center of town.

From there, the course heads out on a winding route through the city as well as on the roadways that lie just outside town, along a combination of paved roads and paved running, walking and biking trails, especially in the second half of the race in the stretches that take runners just off Bruce Road.

Organizers note that there will be live music and entertainment at the start and finish line area to cheer runners on when they’re leaving the starting line, and add that “the course is a combination of nice fast flats and some rolling hills.

Participants will have one short challenging hill to overcome about mile 11, where the course takes a sharp uphill along Tucker Avenue toward the Dawson County Courthouse. The remainder of the race features a stretch past the city’s library, schools and the museum to bring runners across the finish line.

Proceeds from the event benefit the locally based Friends of Dawson County Parks, which provides scholarships for local children to participate in sports and athletic leagues in Dawsonville.

Race Weather & Climate

Located just south of the Chattahoochee National Forest and just north of Lake Lanier in northern Georgia, just over 56 miles northeast of Atlanta, Dawsonville typically sees its driest weather of the year in June, a month that has brought record temperatures here as low as 41 degrees (in 1984) and as high as 100 degrees (in 1952).

On race day (June 6), the average low is 55ºF and the average high is 81ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Bootlegger Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

6:30 AM


  • $55 for the half marathon, if registered by February 27, 2015
  • $60 between Feb. 28 – March 31
  • $65 between April 1 – June 1
  • $70 during the week before the race
  • $75 at the race expo and on race day


To reserve your spot in the 2015 running of the Dawsonville Half Marathon, 5K or one-mile Fun Run, register online here.

Official Race Website


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1 comment… add one
  • Valerie Fisher April 14, 2015, 12:46 pm

    My daughter is 10 and would like to do a half marathon. If I run with her, is she old enough to register? She has completed a 15 K and won first in her age group for a 10 K. She is not an unexperienced runner.

    Thank you,
    Valerie Fisher


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