Overview : Mystery Mountain Marathon is a race which takes place in October at Fort Mountain State Park outside of Chatsworth, Georgia. Run by... more »
Overview : Mystery Mountain Marathon is a race which takes place in October at Fort Mountain State Park outside of Chatsworth, Georgia. Run by... more » GUTS (Georgia Ultrarunning and Trailrunning Society), this race features an awesome, but tough course with stunning views and plenty of scenery. I recommend it because it embodies what trail running is all about. less «
Do not expect a great finishing time. I went with a tech shirt and shorts. The weather was cooler with plenty of moisture in the air. ... more »The elevation of the park makes for a cooler day than the forecast in Chatsworth. Carry a water bottle or hydration pack and nutrition. I believe we had to go 5 miles between aid stations twice and if had been hotter one bottle may have not been enough. I carried 2 nutrition items to start. The aid stations were great with the normal fare: potatoes, pretzels, chips, etc...
There are some sightseeing spots in the park, namely, the lake, tower and wall. Pretty cool stuff. Have your coolers and chairs with you. It's along and winding road back to Chatsworth for a drink and snack. The family will enjoy the day while waiting for you. less «
Site of Mystery Mountain Marathon. Pay $5.00 entry fee and no alcohol, dogs on leash, no firearms. The usual park rules.
The park is a great trip for the entire family. History, scenery, a lake, plenty of trails, it's got it all including a lake monster. Here's Kim and Kena doing the MMM Lake Monster dinner call.
The race course is very well marked as are the trails for hiking. Blue markers for the 12 mile course, which marathoners run together with the 12-milers, then you switch to orange beginning at powerline for marathon only. Confidence markers all over the course with multiple markings at intersections. No problems staying on course. The trails are... More also blazed if you go up hiking or running. I was pretty confused about which trail I was on and just followed the markings.Less
You cross a road at the dam and then get into the woods. This section had several hills, rocks, roots and was typical of North Georgia single-track. I did not get any pictures worthwhile because of lighting and 100 runners bearing down on me. Maybe next time.
The foliage changes and you know your in a moist area and then you hear music. A BAND!!! Kim Pike brought a band into the woods for her race. What a great RD. Really cool. Thanks to the guys in the band. Cross the bridge and go right.
Your first pass through Water Cooler AS. An unmanned water only stop at a crossing. Mile 9.8.
Finally, I thought the hard part is over. Mile 18.7. Then the woman I was running with said there was a 2 mile climb ahead, "Como?" Kim Pike I need to speak with you, "A 2 mile climb?"
Back across the road again. More pretzels and peanut butter sandwiches. Mile 22.3. Time to quit screwing around and finish this race.