Sunday, July 24, 2011

Gridiron Trail Rush: A Football + Trail Race Mash-up

While the NFL’s lockout and contract negotiations have keep football fans preoccupied, the college season is just around the corner. Metro Atlanta is home to die-hard fans from SEC schools and beyond just itching for college football kick-off.

So why am I writing about football? Well, there’s a new trail race next month that takes a unique spin on blending a 5K trail run with a football-themed obstacle course. But the competition isn’t limited to the course – declare your team allegiance when you register and gain a portion of the proceeds for your school. The more runners declared for your school, the more money earned. For example, a portion of the proceeds from Georgia fan runners will go to the Arch Foundation.

The Gridiron Trail Run takes place August 13 in Conyers at the Georgia International Horse Park. Some of the more unique challenges you’ll find on the race course include:

• An entry tunnel that serves as the starting line
• Holding a football in your hand during the race
• Stepping through tires
• Dodging tackle dummies
• Running through mud

In true football style, there’s an after-party with food, drinks, music and alumni tents. If this race appeals to you, register before August 1 to avoid the $10 increase in the entry fee. Running with a group of fans? There’s a discount for groups with more than 5 registrants at a time. Details are available at the Gridiron Trail Rush event site.

Looking for a running route close to your neighborhood or office? Check out Just enter your zip code and links to dozens of nearby routes appear.

Editor's note: Photo courtesy of Gridiron Trail Rush event site.

Editor's Note: Photo courtesy of Gridiron Trail Rush event site.

1 comment:

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