October 9, 2021
Lengths: 50K, 30K, or 15K
Brought to you by the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Blue Ridge, Georgia. This is not just a race; it is an unforgettable event! The best part of the season, beautiful location, music, food and beer. The Blue Ridge Ultra is a 50K loop trail race that is deep within the beautiful Chattahoochee National Forest of the North Georgia Mountains. It consists of 16 miles of the Benton MacKaye trail, 6 miles of hidden trails and 9 miles of Forest Service roads with over 6,000 feet of elevation change. You will experience tough, and sometimes technical spots, single track trails, jumping over logs, creek crossings, steep ascents, and even steeper descents all while enjoying the leaves changing colors. Start and finish at the historic Shallowford iron bridge spanning the Toccoa River. This race will challenge the most experienced racer and provide a memorable experience for those looking to complete a trail run in the mountains of Blue Ridge. Using the same trails, there are 30K and 15K options. NEVER STEP FOOT ON THE SAME TRAIL DURING THIS RACE. NO OUT AND BACKS OR REPEATS.
Cash Prizes: 50K Male & Female Winner – $500 each!
2021 Race Pricing
Early Registration: $120
Regular Registration: $135
Early Registration: $95
Regular Registration: $110
Early Registration: $60
Regular Registration: $75
Important Registration Dates
Early Registration Ends: 8/31/21
Regular Registration Ends: 10/07/21
50K Start: 8:00am
Cut-off: 10 Hours or 6pm.
There will be a re-route at the last aid station that will shorten the race by about 4 miles.
30K Start: 8:30am
15K Start: 9:00am
Early Package Pick-up
Friday, October 8
4:00pm to 7:00pm
Grumpy Old Men Brewery
1315 E Main St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
You may also sign-up here as well from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.
Package Pick Pick-up
Saturday, October 9
Starting at 6am.
Ironbridge Bridge Cafe
8436 Aska Rd, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
You may also sign-up here (day of the race) starting at 6:00am.
There will be no need for a support crew during this event. We will have several fully stocked aid stations along the course to refuel and regain your strength. The 50K runners will be allowed one drop bag at the halfway aid station which you will visit twice during the race. All aid stations will have water, Gatorade, cola, snacks, cookies, candy, sandwiches, and fruit. All other items will need to be carried by racers.
Signs and flagging mark the course. The race starts out heading up Free Knob on a local trail which takes runners onto some older more rugged trails which they will need to navigate over logs, rocks, and streams. This is the most technical part of the course along the banks of the Toccoa River and a good warm-up heading into the first aid station at Shallowford Bridge Rd. meets Old Dial Rd. The course then takes runners along a very nice Forest Service road heading up to connect with the Benton MacKaye Trail. Here come the climbs... straight up to the BMT to Garland Mountain Gap. 50K and 30K turn left at the gap and 15K runners turn right to return to Shallowford Bridge via BMT. 50K and 30K runners then take the BMT up and over Brawley, Bald Top, and Tipton mountains before heading into the (Hwy 60) Wilscot Gap aid station. 30K runners turn South here on Hwy 60 and follow signs to turn on Forest Service Road 35. 50K runners continue East on the BMT to climb over Wilscot and Deadennen Mountains on the way to Sheenah Gap Road. There is a water station here; however, no aid. Following the signs West to Forest Service Road 640, runners will enjoy a break from the single track trail on this very long rolling clay road. 50 runners will then pass back over Hwy 60 at the FS 35 aid station picking back up where the 30K runners are down Forest Service road 35. 50K and 30K runners still enjoy more rolling clay-packed road then take a hidden trail straight back up to Garland Mountain Gap to pick up the BMT trail. Burn baby burn! It's not over yet as runners jump back on the BMT now heading west where the 15K runners are heading toward the finish. After a few more climbs, then downhill to the first aid station, runners then climb back over the east side of Free Knob to the finish. Runners will never be on the same trail twice during this race with a great mix of terrain.
Dinner and Beer
We will be providing dinner at the finish for all racers, including 2 free beers from Grumpy Old Men Brewing.
Each runner must print and sign this waiver and bring it to the check-in.
No cutting of the designed course. All flags must be punched to receive credit for the entire course. Details in pre-race email. Listen and follow all instructions from race staff and medical personnel during the race. Be courteous to other runners and day hikers. You may only receive the aid within 100 feet of an aid station that allows crew access. No littering. Take in, take out. Trekking poles are allowed. The race director has the sole discretion of the administration of any violations of the race rules ranging from a time penalty up to and including disqualification.
Cancellations and Transfers
We understand things happen. No refunds will be issued; however, you may transfer your entry to another racer in the same event without a penalty until 5 days before the event. You are responsible for finding a person interested in buying your entry as well as working out payment with them. Entries do not transfer to other events nor do they transfer year to year. If you would like to sell your entry to another racer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the name and email of the person to whom you wish transfer your entry.
All finishers will receive an amazing medal and a long sleeve t-shirt.
Top 3 awards in each class below for each race.
• Overall Men – 1st in 50K receives $500 and 2022 entry.
• Overall Women – 1st in 50K receives $500 and 2022 entry.
• Masters Men (50–59)
• Masters Women (50–59)
• Grand Masters Men (over 60)
• Grand Masters Women (over 60)