Coming April 23, 2023! Registration Opens on January 1st!

In cooperation with the USDA Forest Service, Permit Pending
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We are excited to announce that we will again be hosting a 50K Trail Run in 2023 at the Ocoee Whitewater Center - one of our most scenic race venues! In addition to the 50K, we will also offer a 13.1 mile and 7 mile trail race for those not quite up to a 50K yet.

Big Frog Trail Run (Single Race) Registration Information

Big Frog 50K

$95 until 4/1/23 (includes post-race meal)
$105 after 4/1/23 (includes post-race meal)

Big Frog 13.1 Mile Race

$55 until 4/1/23
$65 after 4/1/23

Big Frog 7 Mile Race

$45 until 4/1/23
$50 after 4/1/23

300 Combined Runner Limit, +$2-$4 per entry online registration fee

On-Line Registration

2022 Big Frog Trail Run Accident Waiver - Bring to Race

Course Maps, GPX Files, and Descriptions HERE

Online registration will close at 5 pm on Wednesday, April 19 or earlier if the event fills up.

Entire Trail Run Series (4 Races + 2023 Mountain Goat Sweatshirt) Registration Information

2023 Mountain Goat Trail Run Series Registration will consist of 4 races, listed below and a Mountain Goat Adventures Hooded Sweatshirt, which will be delivered at the first race. Series Registration is only available until March 1st, as sweatshirts need to be pre-ordered.

2023 Trail Run Series Races include:

* Garland Mountain Trail Run (6.2 mile and 13.1 mile course) - March 18, 2023
* Blankets Creek Trail Run (5 mile and 9 mile course) - April 1, 2023
* Big Frog Trail Run (7 mile and 13.1 mile course) - April 23, 2023 (Sunday Race)
* Rope Mill Trail Run (6.2 mile and 13.1 mile course) - May 27, 2023

FOR 2023, WE WILL BE GIVING OUT FINISHER MEDALS FOR ALL FOUR LONG COURSES!

Short Course 4 Race Series plus Sweatshirt - $190 (plus $5 if registering online)
Long Course 4 Race Series plus Sweatshirt - $225 (plus $5 if registering online)

Sizing Info - Hooded sweatshirts are in men's sizes and they shrink a good bit, so order a size or two up if you want a baggy fit.

Schedule of Events

Ocoee Whitewater Center
4400 US-64
Copperhill, TN 37317

The race begins and ends at the Ocoee Whitewater Center. To enter the venue in the morning, you will need to actually drive past the Whitewater Center on US 64 and enter from the far end of the parking lot. It is $3 per vehicle to park, which can be paid at the USFS kiosks when you arrive. Once you park, walk across the bridge and make a left towards the picnic shelter, which is where check-in will be. PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO OVERNIGHT PARKING AT THE OCOEE WHITEWATER CENTER - SEE CAMPING OPTIONS BELOW.

Saturday April 22

ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN TIME ZONE!

4:00 pm to 8:00 pm - OPTIONAL Race number and t-shirt pickup at Whitewater Center Pavilion for those who are staying locally the night before.

Please Note: There is no race-day registration or distance changes. All registrations, distance changes and transfers must be completed by April 19. If you have questions or need to speak with the Race Director, please contact us sooner rather than later, as we most likely will not be able to get you an answer if you wait until the day before the race.

Sunday April 23

ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN TIME ZONE!

6:30 am to 8 am - Racer Check-in/Packet Pickup
SORRY, NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION

7:40 am - Pre-race meeting for the Big Frog 50K near the pavilion
8:00 am - Big Frog 50K Race Start in Whitewater Center Parking Lot

8:10 am - Pre-race meeting for the 13.1 / 7 mile races near the pavilion
8:30 am - Big Frog 13.1 Start near pavilion
8:40 am - Big Frog 7 Mile Start near pavilion

Awards for each race will be presented near the finish line when the top 3 finishers in each class have crossed the finish line.

Lodging and Camping

The Ducktown Copper Inn is conveniently located within 5 miles of the Ocoee Whitewater Center and offers a solid deal for a simple stay. After purchasing the hotel April 2018, the new owners (Jerry and Marsha Hauck) have renovated rooms, added new mattresses and linens to create a comfortable place to rest. There is also a pavilion area with a charcoal grill and fire pit to enjoy and share stories of your adventures. There are 4 rooms with a king bed, and the rest have 2 queen beds. All rooms have a microwave, small refrigerator, A/C and WiFi. $69.00 for all rooms. For both cyclists and runners that are racing there will be a continental breakfast included on their race day - please note the number staying in each room so they can plan for breakfast. If you know you do not want the breakfast, you can make that comment in the message box as well to help them plan better. You can book now by visiting www.theducktowncopperinn.com or call 423-496-5541.

The nearest camp ground is the Thunder Rock Campground. Thunder Rock Campground is located 1.8 miles northwest of the Ocoee Whitewater Center, just behind TVA Ocoee Powerhouse Number 3. Nestled alongside the Ocoee River, this facility provides 37 regular campsites and one group campsite. Sites are first come-first served and camping is an additional fee that can be paid at the USFS kiosk at the campground or you can RESERVE YOUR SITE ONLINE. (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AS THESE FILL UP!!) There are bathrooms and showers here, but no hookups.

If you are bringing an RV and want full hookups, the Parksville Lake Campground is a few more miles west on US 64. You can RESERVE YOUR SITE ONLINE HERE for Parksville Lake.

There is also The Ocoee Inn 5 minutes from the Ocoee White Water Center as a lodging option.

If you have a large group coming from out of town, there are a variety of AirBnB or VRBO homes that end up being good deals when split among a group. Search near "Copper Hill, TN" or "McCaysville, GA" when you visit those websites.

T-shirts, Swag and Finisher Awards

All runners will receive a super comfy cotton blend tee and commemorative mug. Finisher Swag Item and Fhinisher Medal for all 50K Finishers. Handmade finisher award for all 13.1 mile race finishers.

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Past Year Shirt and Mug Design!

All racers will receive a super comfy cotton blend tee as well as a commemorative finisher mug. The shirts are soft, lightweight and are likely soon to be your favorite. These are available in unisex and ladies sizing. Ladies shirts are more fitted and longer...if you like a relaxed fit, order a unisex or size up in the ladies shirts. Please register by the March 31st shirt size deadline to guarantee your size, especially in Ladies sizes. We will order a limited number of extra shirts (all unisex) for late registrants, however sizes are first come-first serve as you register. You will receive a Mountain Goat Logo Shirt if you register late and we have run out of race specific shirts.

Categories

For the 50K race, we will have two categories - Male 50K and Female 50K.

For the 13.1 mile and 7 mile races, we will have the following traditional running race categories:

  • Female under 18
  • Female 19-24
  • Female 25-29
  • Female 30-34
  • Female 35-39
  • Female 40-44
  • Female 45-49
  • Female 50-54
  • Female 55-59
  • Female 60-64
  • Female 65-69
  • Female 70-74
  • Female 75+
  • Male under 18
  • Male 19-24
  • Male 25-29
  • Male 30-34
  • Male 35-39
  • Male 40-44
  • Male 45-49
  • Male 50-54
  • Male 55-59
  • Male 60-64
  • Male 65-69
  • Male 70-74
  • Male 75+

Additional Meals and Event Shirts

Extra meals and event shirts for spectators need to be purchased in advance - Meals are $12 and Shirts are $20 - please email lisa@mountaingoatadventures.com to order. No on-site meal purchases.

Awards

Top Overall Male and Female in the 50K: $150
Finisher Swag Item and Medal for all 50K Finishers

Top Overall Male and Female in the 13.1 Mile: $100
Top 3 Overall Men/Women in the 13.1 mile race will receive prizes and medals. Top 3 Men/Women in each age group in the 13.1 mile race will receive medals. Handmade finisher award for all 13.1 mile race finishers.

Top Overall Male and Female in the 7 Mile: $100
Top 3 Overall Men/Women in the 7 mile race will receive prizes and medals. Top 3 Men/Women in each age group in the 7 mile race will receive medals.

Mountain Goat Adventures Operational Changes for COVID-19 (Updated 12/1/22)

• Health screening questionnaire for all event volunteers and staff per CDC recommendations. Participation for those recently testing positive for COVID-19 based on current CDC quarantine recommendations.
• Masks are not required for any aspects of this event, as all activities are outdoors.
• Registration and check-in stations will still be spread out to ensure 6’ spacing. Waivers should be printed and signed at home and brought to the race. Hand sanitizer available for event staff and participants checking in.
• Some participants/volunteers may choose to wear a mask or maybe they just want to maintain some personal space. Please be respectful and continue to practice social distancing with those individuals.
• Condensed pre-race group meeting. A detailed participant Update will be emailed to participants ahead of time, which goes over all details of the event.
• Results will be posted at mgaresults.com so that participants can view the results immediately via phone and via tablets at a results station we will set up.
• Portable Restrooms and handwash stations will be available at start/finish area.
• Awards will be held in a large outdoor open area.

2023 Series Rules

RULE CHANGE! Series points will be calculated using your THREE best races, so everyone gets a drop race. Series awards will be presented at the Rope Mill Event on May 27. Awards will not be mailed, however they are available for pickup in Canton, GA after the Rope Mill event. We changed this so that not only could you miss a race and still be competitive, but it allows our long course runners to participate in the Big Frog 50k and still contend for series points.

Series points do not transfer between short and long courses, so if you are going for an overall series award, you must race either the short course in all races or the long course in all races.

Series points do not transfer between age groups, so you need to race in the same age group for the entire series. All race ages will be determined by your age on Dec 31, 2023 to avoid age-up scenarios in the middle of the series.

In the event of a tie in an age group, the racer with the higher placing at the Rope Mill Series Finale event will receive the higher ranking. If you tie but do not attend the Rope Mill race, you will be ranked below the runner who did attend.

The top 20 in each age group will receive points..1st place will receive 20 pts, 2nd will receive 19 pts, and so on down to 20th place, which receives 1 pt. You will also get 1 bonus point for each racer you beat, so if you place high in a large field, you will receive more points than the same placing in a small field.

Aid Stations/Drop Bags/Etc.

Typical Aid Station Fuel: Water, Hammer HEED, drop bags, soda, Hammer Gel, granola bars, Rice Krispy Treats, fig bars, peanut M&Ms, Pringles, Cookies, Bananas, and Endurolytes.

50k runners are welcome to have support crews, however they may only meet and assist runners at aid stations and must not interfere with other runners on course. Crews may need to park a short distance away from the aid stations and walk as parking is limited in some areas. Crew vehicles cannot block ANY roads. Sorry, no pacers or other unregistered runners on course.

50k runners may send a "drop bag" that is one gallon-ish size to Boyd Gap (Mile 9) and Chestnut Mountain/FS 221 (Mile 20.3 and Mile 27.6).

Poles are allowed - use them if you find them helpful.

Cancellations and Transfers

No Transfers after 4/17 - NO EXCEPTIONS. No category or distance changes after 4/19.

Please note EVENT ENTRIES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE once you register, as we plan for your attendance by purchasing your race shirt and swag, meals, insurance, etc and most other costs associated with your entry need to be paid up front. No refunds will be given in the event of an act of God or event beyond the control of the Race Organization that requires cancellation of the race for the saftey of participants. If the event is rescheduled all entries will be transferred to the reschedule date.

We do, however, understand that injuries happen, you got sick or life was just too chaotic to train for one of our events so we have a no-penalty transfer policy. You may transfer your entry to another racer in the SAME EVENT without penalty until April 17, 2023. You are responsible for finding the person interested in buying your entry and 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 lisa@mountaingoatadventures.com with the name and email of the person you wish to transfer your entry to no later than April 17th.

The race will run rain or shine, however, the Race Director reserves the right to cancel or modify segments of the event as deemed necessary for participant safety or preservation of trail. Once the race has started, no refunds will be given due to delayed start or early conclusion of the race.