Red Top 25K & 50K
Date: December 12, 2021
Location: 50 Lodge Rd SE
Cartersville, GA 30121
While best known for the 12,000 acre lake, Red Top Mountain State Park is also a runner’s haven. More than 15 miles of trails wind through the forested park, providing sections for both newer and advanced runners.
Named for the soil’s rich red color caused by high iron-ore content, Red Top Mountain was once an important mining area.
Both races will begin on the Iron Hill Trail just past the gravel parking lot. We will only be running on the Iron Hill trail which is a 3.9 mile mostly flat loop. It is a mix of compact dirt and crushed gravel with an elevation gain of about 140 feet. It passes along the shore of Lake Allatoona and part of the former iron ore mining community.
You can see the trail map and elevation profile here.
We will have one aid station near the start/finish of the loop. 25k runners will pass it three times and the 50k will pass it seven. We will have water, Tailwind Nutrition, Huma Gels, fruit, pretzels and chips. If you wish to bring your own items, we will have an area set aside near the aid station for your convenience. Please keep all of your items in one bag that is no larger than a small duffle or back-pack. Also, this area is near the main gravel parking lot so you can head to your vehicle if needed.
25k: Runners will complete four loops for a 15.6 mile journey.
50k: Runners will complete eight loops for a 31.2 mile ultra.
We are limiting these races to 200 total runners.
Both races are great for those looking to run with like-minded people, step up in distance or for veterans who want to set a new PR. All finishers will earn their finishers medal!
Note: There is an 8.5 hour cut-off for both races.
Why would you run a race with multiple loops?
- You get to see your friends and fellow runners several times.
- You know exactly where the aid station is on-course.
- You will be familiar with the course after the 2nd loop.
- It’s laid-back and fun!
These races will begin at the Iron Hill Trail just past the gravel parking lot. While you are not required to stop at the aid station, we will be checking you in after each loop.
What You Get:
- A great long-sleeved, soft, tri-blended shirt
- Swag items from our partners
- Give-aways at our post-event raffle (as long as you stick around!)
- A chance to hang out with like-minded people
- A new experience
- Finisher’s medal
- A fun day with great people
- Post-event food
Parking: You will park at the Iron Hill gravel lot with overflow parking in the near-by grassy field. Note there is a $5 parking fee per Georgia State Parks.
Awards: We will have Overall Awards for the top 3 in each race. (Male and Female). There are no age group or Masters awards for these races.
Packet Pickup: We will not be having one at Big Peach Running Co at this point. Please plan to arrive early and pick up your packet race morning from 6:30am to 7:45am. Race announcements start at 7:50am on the Iron Hill Trail.
You may also pick up your packet race morning from 6:30am – 8am.
Race Start Time: 8am for both races
There are no refunds, deferrals or transfers to other participants. Shirts are guaranteed two weeks prior to the race only.
We do not mail awards, shirts, race packets or other swag items.
Safety is of the utmost importance to the organizers of the Red Top 25k / 50k.. As with all of our events, we will be tracking the weather in the weeks and days leading up to the race. Please keep in mind that this event has a no refund policy and this includes if the race is cancelled due to an “act of God”. All race related items have already been paid for by the race production team.
We loving giving back to the parks, trails and communities where we train and race. Want to help Red Top State Park? You can by donating on our registration page. Your donations help to maintain the trails and facilities at the park.
Check out some pics from Red Top Mountain and surrounding area.