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.
Assemble your team. Find a few friends as crazy as you are and convince them that they need to come to your sweet pizza party on September 24th 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 (standard distance) teammates.
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.
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 track where some train chase took place a long time ago or whatever.
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...
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.
Click to view more details such as distance and elevation changes for each race leg.
Please be aware that legs are subject to minor changes. If changes are made to exchange points, maps will be updated accordingly.
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?
We request that aid be provided between exchange points only when it is entirely necessary. Although no legs of the event are considered “no support,”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?
There are a few minor changes coming to the course map. Final maps with updated exchange points will be posted in the next couple of weeks, and all runners will be notified.What is planned for the after party?
The after party will be held at the finish line in Clark Park in downtown Ringgold, GA. The party will feature live music, yard games, vendors and beer. This event is FREE and is open to the public. Invite your families! The Atlanta based band Captain and the Kid will play at 7:00 p.m. TVs will be on site to show popular college football games. There's going to be a little something for everyone!
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