Saturday, January 30, 2021 • Pine Mountain, GA • Course Map
Known especially for its golf courses, award-winning gardens and Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, and seasonal holiday displays like its Christmas-time Festival of Lights, the Callaway Gardens resort in Pine Mountain, Ga., stages this smaller race event each January as part of its annual fitness event series, which also includes a duathlon and a triathlon later in the year.
Described by past participants as a beautiful course with plenty of fresh air and rolling hills, the race takes runners along a loop course through the 13,000-acre resort’s neatly manicured gardens, bicycle trails and woodlands. The hills can be challenging in some spots, but the abundant scenic beauty helps take your mind off any difficult uphill and downhill stretches.
The race follows a clockwise loop course around the resort, and starts and finishes in the parking lot next to Robin Lake, near the northeastern corner of the resort and just south of downtown Pine Mountain, the closest town to Callaway Gardens.
As mentioned above, the race is a smaller event compared to many other half-marathons, drawing fewer than 200 runners for the full- and half-marathons and the 5K. And few spectators are out along the course, which can make for a quiet race – though this is what many past participants also find appealing about it, because what it lacks in energy it makes up for in providing a quiet, refreshing escape.
Runners will get to see many of the sites and landmarks people come to Callaway Gardens to visit, including the Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens hotel, the Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel, the Day Butterfly Center, the Sibley Horticultural Center, two of its golf courses, stretches along two of its lakes, and runs along many of the walking and running trails that snake through its woods.
Here’s what some past runners have said in comments on the old site: “Great race, had a PBR last year of 1:48:56. Pretty flat except miles 5-8. Plan on doing it again this year. We brought the dogs and everything.”
And this one, from a runner who ran the race in 2013: “This is a good race, tougher than you think!!”
Race Weather & Climate
In past years, the event has seen some cold, rainy weather that made for rough going and unpleasant experiences for some runners. In many other years, however, this small Southern town’s weather is a welcome relief from the harsher winter climates further north.
Callaway Gardens temperatures in January average between 30°F and 55°F, while precipitation amounts average just over 4.8 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (Jan. 30), the average low is 30°F and the average high is 56°F.
- 2020 Callaway Gardens Half Marathon Results
- 2019 Callaway Gardens Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Callaway Gardens Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Callaway Gardens Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Callaway Gardens Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Callaway Gardens Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Callaway Gardens Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Callaway Gardens Half Marathon Results
- $80 and up for the half marathon
- $85 and up for the full marathon
- $30 and up for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the winter 2021 running of Pine Mountain’s Callaway Gardens Half Marathon, register online at Active.com here.
Official Race Website
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