Race Courses

Logging operations in the area will require shortening of the 10.5 mile course down to 7.7 miles...see updated map below (updated 5/19/19). If the logging schedule requires any further changes, we will let you know as soon as possible. Stay off the trails in active logging areas.

Both courses begin at Boling Park in Canton, GA. The 4.5 mile course runs along the Etowah River, then heads up a beautiful valley, following the ridgeline before dropping back down to the river on a trail that meanders along a stream.

The 10 mile course utilizes many of the same trails in the 4.5 mile, however it heads further west through the hills above the Etowah River on little-known scenic footpaths built by local boy scouts. The remote sections of the 10 mile course are very seldom traveled, but some of the most scenic sections of trail. Come discover this hidden gem of a trail system and experience a part of Cherokee County that few have the opportunity to enjoy.

The running surface varies from flat, wide gravel jogging path to rocky, narrow singletrack. Both courses have significant elevation gain, and the surface may be loose in sections, so trail running shoes are recommended.

Hikers and walkers are encouraged to enter but should strongly consider the 4.5 mile course as the recommended cutoff time for the ten mile course is three hours. Estimated 10 mile finishing time for an "average" runner is approximately 2 hours. Detailed course maps can be found below:

This year's 10 mile course has been shortened down to 7.7 miles due to logging activity along the orange trail and several of the old woods roads northwest of Shoal Creek Road. The course will follow the same start as the 4.5 mile, however will continue onto the Green Trail, pass an aid station at approx mile 4, then runners will follow the White Trail back to the Purple Trail and make their way uphill towards another aid station at Mile 6. Finally, runners will take the Yellow Trail back to White Trail, and follow the singletrack all the way back to the finish at Boling Park for a total of 7.7 miles.

4.5 Mile Race Course

Updated: Long Course (Now 7.7 Miles)

If you are pre-running the long course course, PLEASE print the map and take it with you if you are not familiar with the area. You WILL get lost if you do not have a map.

I'd also highly recommend wearing bright colors and running with a buddy if out on the 10 mile course. The trails are adjacent to WMA land, so hunters may be present during the winter months.