Garland Mountain Trail Run - Coming March 16, 2024 - Registration Opens Jan 1, 2024!

PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE TO MARCH 16TH AND OUR NEW DOG FRIENDLY OPTION FOR THIS RACE!

Garland Mountain Trail Run (Single Race) Registration Information

4 Mile Race and 4 Mile Dog Friendly Race

On or Before Feb 24 - $40
After Feb 24 - $45

10 Mile Race

On or Before Feb 24 - $50
After Feb 24 - $55

(+$2 to $3 for online registration fee for all online registrations)

A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Friends of Garland Mountain Trails for the continued maintanence and development of trails at Garland Mountain Horse and Hike Trails. Registration fee includes a soft and comfy tri-blend shirt and commemorative swag item.

Entire Trail Run Series (4 Races + 2024 Mountain Goat Sweatshirt) Registration Information

2024 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 1, as sweatshirts need to be pre-ordered.

2024 Trail Run Series Races include:

* Garland Mountain Trail Run (4 mile and 10 mile course) - March 16, 2024
* Blankets Creek Trail Run (5 mile and 10 mile course) - March 30, 2024
* Big Frog Trail Run (7 mile and 13.1 mile course) - April 21, 2024 (Sunday Race)
* Rope Mill Trail Run (6.2 mile and 13.1 mile course) - May 25, 2024

2024 Sweatshirt Design (Available in a variety of colors):

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Short Course 4 Race Series plus Sweatshirt - $185 (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.

On-Line Registration HERE

2024 Accident Waiver/COVID-19 Waiver - FILL OUT AND BRING TO CHECK-IN

Course Maps, GPX Files, and Descriptions HERE

Online registration closes at 5 pm on Friday March 15th or when the event fills up. Sorry, no race day registration.

Race Schedule

Thursday, March 14

4:00 - 7:00 pm Optional early Packet Pickup, Fleet Feet Canton, 1431 Riverstone Pkwy, Canton, GA 30114
770-224-9562
THIS IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR RUNNERS WHO REGISTERED BY 3/13

Saturday, March 16

6:30 - 7:45 am Check-In/Packet Pickup
8:00 am - 4 mile Dog Friendly Race start
8:30 am - 10 mile run start
8:50 am - 4 mile run start
10:30 am - 4 mile Awards
11:00 am - 10 mile Awards

Directions to Garland Mountain Horse and Hike Trails

1411 Garland Mountain Way
Waleska, GA 30183

30-35 minutes from Woodstock/Canton area.
Take I-75 north to I-575 north. Exit at #16 and take left fork of exit towards GA 20 West/GA 140 West. At light turn right onto GA 140/Marietta Highway. GA 140 turns to the left at Waleska Street (there is a Walgreens on this corner). Take a left and head north on Hwy 140. Continue north through Waleska and go another 2-3 miles. Turn right onto Garland Mountain Trail, then turn left on Garland Mountain Way, following the signs to the park.

Dog Friendly Race Details

We will have a Dog Friendly Race as part of our Garland Mountain 4 Mile Trail Run on March 16! All dogs will start at 8 am, which is a separate start 30 mins before the rest of the runners go off. Be sure to select "Open Canicross" as your category when registering for Garland Mountain if you want to run with your dog/dogs. These are fairly wide trails that are easy to maneuver on. The terrain is rolling and flowy for the first 3 miles, then there is a 1 mile climb back up to the finish line. Traditional leashes and canicross systems are allowed. NO FLEXI-LEASHES OR FACE COLLARS. All dogs must be leashed at all times and please clean up after your pets in the parking lot and on the trails.

Mountain Goat Adventures Operational Changes for COVID-19 (Updated 12/1/23)

• 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.
• 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.

Camping and Lodging

Camping is not allowed in Cherokee County Parks, however there are several campgrounds along Lake Allatoona, which is 20-30 mins south of Garland Mountain, depending on which location you choose.

The US Army Corps of Engineers has a variety of camprounds available HERE.

Full Hookups and sites with water/electric are available at Red Top Mountain State Park

The closest hotels are in Canton, Georgia and then Woodstock, Georgia is about 10 minutes further south.

Categories

NEW FOR 2024 - We have added a CANICROSS Division in the 4 mile race! This is an open division (all ages/genders/abilities) with a separate start. This is only available in the 4 mile race. If you wish to race with your dog/dogs, you must register in the canicross division.

The race will feature the following age group categories for both the 4 and 10 mile race. Awards will be presented to the top three male and female finishers in each age group, in each race. We will also recognize the top three overall male and female finishers.

  • 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+

Awards

Prizes and medals for the top 3 overall male and female in each race distance, medals will be presented to the top 3 finishers in each age category.

All of our first place winners in the 10 mile race will receive a custom podium shirt.

The awards ceremony for the 10k race will take place at approximately 9:45 am. The awards ceremony for the 13.1 mile race will take place at approximately 11:00 am to allow the majority of half marathon racers to finish. You must be present at the awards ceremony to receive your award. Awards and prizes will not be mailed. If you win something and bail on the awards ceremony, your prize will be added to the raffle goodies pile or given to a race volunteer. Series awards will follow race awards for both short and long course.

If you finish the race after the awards ceremony but earn a medal in your category, you will receive your medal as you finish.

2024 Event Benefitting the Friends of Garland Mountain Trails

A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit Friends of Garland Mountain Trails to be put towards trail maintenance and construction at the park. This will help them complete the remaining trails in the park, bringing the total mileage up to 20+ miles total. There are currently 19 miles of trail completed at Garland Mountain.

T-Shirts and Other Swag

2024 shirt design!

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All entries include a soft, cotton blend T-shirt and a commemorative event mug. Sizes guaranteed if you register before February 23. After February 23, sizes are first come-first served. If a size is shown in the menu when you register, it is still available. Shirts run true to size, Ladies shirts are slightly longer and more fitted. Register early, you will want one of our shirts! If you register late and we run out of event specific shirts, you will receive a Mountain Goat logo shirt with your registration.

2024 Trail Run Series Changes

We have kept the series registration option to make multi-race registration quick and easy for those who know they want to sign up for all four trail runs as well as pre-order our 2024 Mountain Goat Sweatshirt. We will not be tracking series points as in the past. We are always left with hundreds of dollars worth of unclaimed series awards, so we feel this money is better spent being put towards swag that everyone receives.

Cancellations, Transfers, and Inclement Weather

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 (i.e. COVID) 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 March 11, 2024. 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 March 4.

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.

Any Questions?

If you have a race question that was not answered above or would like to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please email the race director at lisa@mountaingoatadventures.com