|Georgia > Mountain Gobbler Half Marathon
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Seriously challenging hills and steep elevation changes are the name of
the game at the Mountain Gobbler Half Marathon, known by locals and
race organizers more affectionately (or perhaps with not so much
affection!) as the “Beast of the East” half
marathon, as it is run on the same course as the Ironman race by the
same name later in the year.
The 13.1-mile, double loop course unfolds over some of the most
breathtaking scenery anywhere in the Southeast, over mostly paved roads
that skirt Lake Chatuge and run through the Clay County Recreation
Park, just over the state line in North Carolina. A mix of long, level
stretches of park roads followed by significant drops in elevation
(especially between miles 2 and 3), the race will certainly leave you
guilt-free about overindulging a little during Thanksgiving.
The race takes place at Clay County Recreation Park, which is located
just five miles from Hiawassee and two miles from the North
Weather & Climate
Located on the shores of Chatuge Lake in Georgia's northeast corner,
just miles from the state line with Tennessee, the town of Hiawasee
typically experiences moderately cool to cold weather conditions in the
mid-fall season, with ample rainfall year-round (and occasionally
snowfall in the winter). In November, average monthly temperatures
range between 59°F and 34°F, while precipitation
amounts average around 4.96 inches for the month.
$35 for the half marathon, if registered by Nov. 5, 2009
$45 after Nov. 5 through the day of
To sign up for the fall 2009 running of Hiawassee's Mountain Gobbler Half Marathon, register online at Active.com or print out and mail in this downloadable entry form.
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