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Georgia Death Race (GDR)

  4.9 ( 14 ) Favorite


73.1 mile 117.7 kilometer point to point
87% Runnable


Ascent: 12,914' 3,936 m
Descent: -13,369' -4,075 m
High: 4,234' 1,291 m
Low: 1,626' 496 m


Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 89% (42°)


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This is the premier ultra race on the East Coast - 70+ miles, point to point, with over 27,000 feet of elevation change!

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Features River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall


This race showcases the beautiful trails of the North Georgia Mountains. Entrants to GDR must have completed a qualifying race within the last 356 days before race day. And completed at least eight (8) hours of trail volunteer work. GDR is a Western States Endurance Run Golden Ticket event. See website for details.

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The race features 10 fully stocked aid stations, providing ample opportunity for food and fluids all along the course route. A safety runner is allowed to run with participants for part of the race. Check the website for details on safety runners, drop bags, and crew access.


The Georgia Death Race is a point-to-point ultramarathon trail race. Start time is 8 am which gives runners of all levels the opportunity to witness the sunrise from the Duncan Ridge.

The first 8 miles has close to 3,500 feet of elevation change, including the 2,300 ft climb over 3.8 miles up to the summit of Coosa Bald, as well aa other long distance viewpoints from random points along the ridge trails.

Other course highlights include the Toccoa Swinging Bridge, the remote Benton Mackaye and Duncan Ridge Trail, and finally climbing the 425 steps to the top of the 729 foot Amicalola waterfall.

Flora & Fauna

Leaves are off the trees at this time of year. There are some rhododendrons and mountain laurels along various points along the course.

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Mar 30, 2019
Kevin Ball
Incredible run that absolutely trashed my quads. 71mi — 19h 13m
Mar 29, 2019
Jessica Eager
Dec 29, 2018
Lynn Linn
Good day, lots small to med blowdowns Coosa Gap to white oak. 13mi
Apr 1, 2017
Adam Dyas
Mar 31, 2017
Claire Heslop

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Toccoa Swinging Bridge - Photo Credit Samantha Smith Taylor.
Dec 15, 2016 near Blue Ridge, GA
Toccoa Hanging Bridge aids your passage over the Toccoa River.
Mar 10, 2017 near Blue Ridge, GA
Len Foote Hike Inn
Jul 17, 2017 near Dahlonega, GA
Suspension Bridge
Aug 6, 2019 near Cherry Log, GA
The Georgia Death Race travels along excellent singletrack trails.
Mar 10, 2017 near Blue Ridge, GA
A steep set of steps ascend to Amicalola Falls.
Mar 10, 2017 near Dahlonega, GA


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