Race Day Info
Saturday November 9, 2013
Marathon - 7:30 am (eastern)
Half Marathon - 7:30 am (eastern)
Junior Marathon - 12:00 pm (eastern)
Start / Finish Area
The start/finish is located at the 6th Cavalry Museum in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia (6 Barnhardt Circle).
Getting To The Race
For those driving to the race, parking is available at the 6th Cavalry Museum. To ensure a prompt start of the race, on-site parking closes at 6:45 am (EST). Please arrive before 6:45am if you plan to park on site.
Shuttle buses for race participants will run from the following hotels to the race site between 5:45 a.m. and 6:35 a.m. and return to the hotels beginning at 1:30 p.m. (learn more about local hotels):
- Best Western Battlefield Inn, Ft. Oglethorpe (1 mile from race start) - 706-866-0222 (shuttle departs the hotel at 6:00 am & 6:30 am)
- Super 8, Ft. Oglethorpe (1.2 miles from start) - 800-804-6835 (shuttle departs the hotel at 6:05 am & 6:35 am)
- General Bragg Inn (formerly Econo Lodge) (Chickamauga, GA - 4.3 miles from start) - 877-207-3191 (shuttle departs the hotel at 6:30 am)
- Hampton Inn Ringgold-Ft. Oglethorpe (Ringgold, GA - 7.4 miles from start) - 706-935-4800 - special rates available - reference "Fort Oglethorpe Rate" (shuttle departs the hotel at 5:45 am)
- Hometown Inn (Ringgold, GA - 7.5 miles from start) - 706-937-7070 (shuttle departs the hotel at 5:50 am)
Please note, these shuttle buses are provided by the race, not by the hotels.
Packets, including your race number and timing chip, can be picked up:
- Friday November 8 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm (est) - location to be announced
- Saturday November 9 from 6:00 am to 7:00 am (est) at the start/finish location (6th Cavalry Museum)
Runners must show an official photo ID to pick up packet. Runners may not pick up a packet for another runner.
A pasta dinner will be held on Friday Nov. 8, 2013. Details to be posted later.
No Race Day Registration
There will be no registration allowed at packet pick up the night before the race or the morning of the race.
Before the start of the race, participants may store a bag in the "bag check" area near the start/finish area. Participants should place their belongings in a plastic bag and clearly label the bag with their race number. Please do not check valuables.
Bags will be available for pickup after the race. Participants will need to show their race numbers to retrieve their bags. Bags that are not retrieved after the race will be thrown out or donated to charity.
Aid Stations on the Race Course
All aid stations will have water, PowerAde, fruit and basic first aid. Stations are located at approximate 1.5 - 2 mile intervals on the course.
Portalet bathrooms will be available at approximately miles 4 and 10 for the half marathon and approximately miles 4, 11, 15, and 22 for the marathon.
Transportation to the finish will be provided to any participant who can not complete the race. For medical assistance on the course, or transportation to the finish, ask the nearest race volunteer. Medical personnel will be stationed at the start/finish line.
Each year a number of volunteer pacers lead pace groups for the half marathon and marathon. Details about the available pace groups will be posted in the Fall.
As a safety precaution, bicycle riders are highly discouraged from accompanying runners on the course. Runners who are not registered in the event should not accompany a participant. Any assistance to a participant, other than that provided at designated aid stations, may lead to disqualification. Disqualified participants will be ineligible for awards.
Free shuttle buses will be provided between the 6th Cavalry Museum at Barnhardt Circle and special spectator areas within the Battlefield. For safety reasons we ask that spectators not drive on the race course.
From these special spectator areas friends and family can cheer on both marathon and half marathon participants.
The best place to watch the Junior Marathon is at Barnhardt Circle.
Post Race Food
Food and beverage will be available for race participants at the end of their race. The race expo will have food vendors to accommodate family and friends.
Awards ceremonies will be held by the start/finish line at 10:30 am (for the half marathon) and 1:00 pm (for the marathon). If you will be receiving an award, please plan to stay for the presentations as awards will not be mailed.
Official Race Photos
Professional race photos will be available following the race. Details will be posted closer to the race date.
Race Day Weather
On average, Fort Oglethorpe's temperature on November 9th ranges from a low of 42 degrees to a high of 65 degrees. The record low for November 9 is 22 degrees (1951) while the record high is 81 degrees (2005).