A 100 mile relay race from Kennesaw to Ringgold, GA.
 
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10.19.19

100 MILE RELAY THROUGH NORTH GEORGIA

The General 100 is a 4- or 7- member team-running relay covering 100 miles of beautiful, challenging terrain beginning in Kennesaw, GA and ending in Ringgold, GA.

All proceeds from the race will benefit the Evitt Foundation.

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About the Relay

The General 100™ is a 4- or 7- member team running relay covering 100 miles of beautiful, challenging terrain beginning in Kennesaw, Georgia. The course primarily follows scenic country roads winding its way through North Georgia’s historic sites to the finish line in Ringgold, Georgia.

The race route faithfully parallels the railroad from Kennesaw to Ringgold following the route of the famous “Great Locomotive Chase.” On April 12th, 1862, Union soldiers stole “the General” locomotive and several train cars in Big Shanty (Kennesaw) and headed north for Chattanooga. They were quickly pursued with a separate locomotive, by hand-car and finally on foot by the General’s resourceful conductor.

Only 1 team member will take the road at a time. While this individual is completing his or her leg of the relay, the remaining team members will travel by vehicle to the next timing station/exchange point.

Sign Up | See the Map

 
 

How It Works

Leave the kids with Grandma, strap on your boots, and pack your ruck sacks!

One

Assemble your team

Find a few friends as crazy as you are and convince them that they need to come to your sweet party in Kennesaw, GA! Then, when they show up, tell them you were kidding about the pizza and instead they'll be running in an all-night 100-mile relay race across north Georgia. What's the worst that could happen? Your team will need to consist of either 4 (marathon distance) or 7 (half marathon distance) teammates.

 

Two

Choose the team captain

To do this, we recommend a good 'ole fashioned bout of king-of-the-mountain. Round up your teammates, find the nearest hill-top in your area, and fight for the top! Show no mercy! Sweep the leg! Once that has been settled, and the individual with the strongest nordic viking-like genetics has proven him or herself victor, he or she will serve as your team captain.

 
 

Three

Get Moving!

After all of the boring planning and team strategy has been developed, it's time to enjoy the fruits of your labor by running all day and night! Ahhh...a nice, relaxing run through the foothills of the Appalachian mountains across north Georgia along some old railroad tracks where some train chase took place a long time ago or whatever.

 
 
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Safety

As with all races, safety will be our number 1 concern for the General 100 Relay Race. Since a portion of running will occur at night, we will have common-sense safety requirements for all runners.

Any runner or team chooses not to follow our safety requirements at any time during the event will be immediately disqualified from the race. Safety is too important to risk injury to any participant.

Oh, and if you hear banjo-music just keep on running. Seriously, you might want to pick up the pace a little...

Click here for the full list of safety requirements

 

Proceeds

All proceeds generated from the General 100 Relay Race will benefit The Evitt Foundation. The Evitt Foundation is a 501(c)3 based non-profit organization in Ringgold, GA that promotes child welfare and education.

In 2004 The Evitt Foundation was established to honor the memory and legacy of Ringgold Telephone Company founder, Jim Evitt Sr. During his lifetime, Jim Evitt Sr. was not only just the local pharmacist, a Catoosa County Superior Clerk, and entrepreneur; but he was an instrumental part of numerous projects that made Ringgold a better community.

In 2018, the Evitt Foundation partnered with the Chattanooga Area Food Bank and Ringgold Telephone Company to provide food to over 2,000 families. This food was distributed through 8 mobile food pantries or “free grocery” events, offering families fresh fruits, meats, vegetables and non-perishable food items.

 
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The Route

STARTING LINE

Historic Kennesaw Depot
(across the street from the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History)
2829 Cherokee Street NW
Kennesaw, GA 30144

FINISH LINE:

Clark Park
Robin Rd
Ringgold, GA 30736

 
 

LEG 1 - SHELL Station

Climb: 215 ft | Distance 3.61 mi

LEG 2 - Northpoint PKWY Dunkin Donuts

Climb: 198 ft | Distance 5.48 mi

LEG 3 - Boat Ramp Behind Gas Station

Climb: 205 ft | Distance 5.01 mi

LEG 4- Terminus Wake Park

Climb: 181 ft | Distance 3.4 mi

LEG 5 - BP at Erwin ST

Climb: 210 ft | Distance 4.01 mi

LEG 6 - Shell Station

Climb: 162 ft | Distance 4.35 mi

LEG 7 - Hamilton Crossing Park

Climb: 137 ft | Distance 4.47 mi

LEG 8 - Kinston Grocery

Climb: 154 ft | Distance 5.2 mi8

LEG 9 - Mt Carmel UMC

Climb: 199 ft | Distance 5.35 mi

LEG 10 - Adairsville Elementary

Climb: 130 ft | Distance 5.06 mi

Leg 11 - Property

Climb: 187 ft | Distance 3.66 mi

LEG 12 - Swain Elementary

Climb: 245 ft | Distance 4.31 mi

LEG 13 - West Union Baptist Church

Climb: 213 ft | Distance 5.64 mi

LEG 14 - Mt Tabor UMC

Climb: 148 ft | Distance 3.26 mi

LEG 15 - Fishing Pier

Climb: 380 ft | Distance 6.61 mi15

LEG 16 - Gas Station on Right. Favorite Market

Climb: 456 ft | Distance 7.86 mi16

LEG 17 - Harpers General Store

Climb: 148 ft | Distance 5.25 mi

LEG 18 - Southern Smoke BBQ 

Climb: 370 ft | Distance 6.23 mi

LEG 19 - Museum

Climb: 441 ft | Distance 4.34 mi

LEG 20 - Tiger Creek Elementary 

Climb: 232 ft | Distance 6.62 mi

LEG 21 - Finish

Climb: 53 ft | Distance 3.96 mi

Please be aware that legs are subject to minor changes. If changes are made to exchange points, maps will be updated accordingly.

 

FAQ

We’ve gotten a few questions, so we wanted to pass along the answers.

 

Are there aid stations along the route?

This race is unsupported. Vans will need to plan for enough aid to cover their entire team throughout the duration of the event.

When can my van provide a runner with aid?

Aid should be provided by vans at designated aid stations. We request that aid be provided between exchange points only when it is entirely necessary.

Is this a staggered start?

Yes. Start times will vary between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. depending upon your team's average 10k time. Slower teams will begin first. Your team start time will be published to the website one week prior to the event.

Where is the start line?

The race start line is located in the Historic Kennesaw Depot parking area (across the street from the Southern Museum of Locomotive History).

Does my team need to provide volunteers for the event?

No. If you know someone that wants to help, please pass their info along. You are not required to provide volunteers for the event.

Do runner’s legs need to be consecutive?

No. Runners must complete 3 legs of the event (7 person team) but they may choose any 3 legs.

When will the course map and exchange points be completely finalized?

Final maps will be emailed to registered teams 3 days prior to the race date.

What is planned for the after party?

The after party will be held at the finish line in Clark Park (96 Robin Rd) in downtown Ringgold, GA. The party will feature music, yard games, vendors and beer. This event is FREE and is open to the public. Invite your families!

What’s in the goodie bag?

All race participants will receive a ¾ raglan shirt, medal, BottleBand, Hammer Nutrition and Sockwell Socks.

 

Didn't answer your question? Let us know!

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CONTACT

For more information about the General 100, please either reach out to us via email or on facebook.

Oh, we're also on the twitters too....and the instagrams.

 

2019 SPONSORS

We have the most ballin’ group of sponsors. Make sure to check them out and let them know you think they’re awesome… because they are. Thanks Sponsors! Interested in sponsoring next year? Click Here

 
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