Dawson County’s Mountain Madness Trail Run is scheduled to take place on June 20 at Fausett Farms.
Now in its second year, the run was originally scheduled to happen on the first day of spring but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the run will occur happen on the first day of summer, according to Christie Moore, president of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce.
“This will be the second official public year,” Moore said. “Although the pandemic had other plans, we’re thrilled to be able to host the Mountain Madness Trail Run on the official first day of summer.”
The run will be a 15K and is one of the most challenging routes of its kind in the South, due to its course and elevation, according to Dawson County Chamber of Commerce Tourism and Events Director Dustin Heard.
“It’s a 15K which is about 9.3 miles,” Heard said. “It’s got two major climbs, but the whole course is not flat - it’s about 1770 feet of elevation gain.”
The run will take place at Fausett Farms, a beautiful landscape that not many get to see very often, according to Moore.
“We are so grateful to Sharon and Danny Fausett for welcoming runners and visitors from all over Georgia and the Southeast to experience the challenges and panoramic views their beautiful property has to offer,” Moore said.
The event has already attracted runners from several different states, Heard said.
“We’ve got people from Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida, Washington D.C. and Georgia registered already,” Heard said.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the race volunteers and organizers will still be following protocols to ensure the safety of everyone in attendance.
“We’ve been working with Danny Thompson and the county to make sure that we’re following any safety protocols that we need to,” Moore said. “But the other nice thing is because it’s challenging, it’s not like a road race where there’s tons of runners next to each other; they’ll really spread out pretty quickly.”
The run will be sponsored by local businesses, including Northside Hospital Forsyth, Northeast Georgia Health System Medical Plaza 400, Troncalli Subaru, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, Because Coffee, the Len Foote Hike Inn, Northstar Bicycle and Hammer Nutrition.
There will be rest stops for runners to grab a drink or a snack on their way past, and they will also be provided with a small breakfast before the race and with lunch from Big D’s BBQ afterward. All finishers will receive a custom engraved wooden finishers’ gift.
Online registration is open until June 15, and day of the race registration will begin at 7 a.m. Everyone who is registered by June 1 will be guaranteed a t-shirt.
To register for the run, go to ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=67391.
For more information on the run, visit the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mtnmadnesstrailrun/.