Overall Rating
Overall Rating (8 Reviews)
3.6
(8 Ratings)(8 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.5
SCENERY
4.1
PRODUCTION
3.5
SWAG
2.9
Lace up your sneakers, lean forward and get ready for the annual Tear Drop Half Marathon! If you’re looking for a fast and scenic half marathon then join us this April. All distances will start on top of Fort Mountain at an elevation near 3000 feet and finish in Chatsworth, … MORE
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    kmerskine FIRST-TIMER '20

    This race likes to advertise the high percentage of PRs people get in this race. I was out of running shape when I did this race and did not get … MORE

    This race likes to advertise the high percentage of PRs people get in this race. I was out of running shape when I did this race and did not get a PR. The first four miles or so are up and down (out and back), and then you head down the mountain and never look back. It is a point to point race and unless you have a ride to drop you at the top of the mountain you’ll ride the bus to the top. It’s a small race – maybe 200+ half marathoners? – and so bussing everyone up wasn’t bad at all. They bussed us from the finish line and there were plenty of busses taking us up there. This was easy, well organized, and parking was less than a 20 second walk to where I got on the bus, and there was plenty of parking in the small town where we the finish line was set up.

    I raced in 2020, when Covid precautions were still mostly in place, and it was one of the first races in the area to be held as things started to relax a bit. Everyone wore masks on the bus and at the start line until we started running.

    Once the race started masks came off. The downhill part of the course was probably a little steep for my tastes. Running downhill seems attractive but a) if it is too steep you end up spending more energy trying not to fall down the mountain, and b) your legs are killing you the next day! That’s not a complaint, I loved the course, but it is a warning. I’ve run lots and lots of races but this was my first race that was primarily downhill and I thought it would be easy. My quads were killing me the next day and I thought I was just in terrible shape, but the race director sent out an email to the races a few days later and said, “now you know the price for running downhill races,” or something like that. I felt a little better.

    I’d do this race again, but I’d probably do a bit more downhill training before the race. I didn’t get a PR despite the downhill course. If you are really looking for a PR, look for a course that is almost imperceptibly downhill. The Greenville Half Marathon in SC is a great PR course.

    I think this race normally has a pretty good post-race party but due to Covid they had nothing. I never hang out too long after a race anyway, but it is nice to sit in the grass and rehydrate and eat some snacks while everyone else wanders around. Due to Covid this wasn’t really permitted after this race, understandably.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    bjrobinette FIRST-TIMER '21

    Small race with no bells and whistles. You park and Chatsworth and they bus you up the mountain. It was cold and windy at the top but they did have … MORE

    Small race with no bells and whistles. You park and Chatsworth and they bus you up the mountain. It was cold and windy at the top but they did have tubs for you to drop off your extra clothes for pickup at the finish. However, mine weren’t there, good thing they were pretty much throwaways any way.

    First 5.5 or so is at the top of the mountain where you run out, back, and then out again. Lots of big ups and downs on this part. After that the next 7 miles are down the mountain with a pretty good drop before your finish in Chatsworth. I was very sore after for a couple of days because the downhill also has a lot of sidehill angle,

    The people were nice but save yourself the time of picking up your bib the day before because that is literally all you do. After race was a banana, water, bbq, mac and cheese, baked beans, and a beer.

    Shirt was a plain t-shirt, not a tech shirt. Medal was pretty decent though. Free pictures.

    All in all, a race where you get what you pay for. I ran it out of desperation as I needed a race in Georgia and didn’t want to run in Atlanta and it fit in my schedule.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    cwline REPEAT RUNNER '20

    Course is on asphalt road down mountain with a few potholes. Race was moved from earier in year due to Covid restrictions. No BBQ or band after race this year. … MORE

    Course is on asphalt road down mountain with a few potholes. Race was moved from earier in year due to Covid restrictions. No BBQ or band after race this year. Results posted fast. Miles marked along course. Small bottles of water at 4 stops along course. A few portapots on course too. Nice shirt and spinning medal- see attached.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3
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    LHAMPT20 FIRST-TIMER '19

    I loved this race! It was downhill but not all of it, part of it were challenging. But man it was pretty! You could smell the honeysuckle and hear the … MORE

    I loved this race! It was downhill but not all of it, part of it were challenging. But man it was pretty! You could smell the honeysuckle and hear the springs coming off the side of the mountain. I would do it again if I was in the area.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    cwline REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Race is on asphalt mountain roads with a few potholes. Starts at top of mountain and go down about 2 miles then back up to top then all the way … MORE

    Race is on asphalt mountain roads with a few potholes. Starts at top of mountain and go down about 2 miles then back up to top then all the way down. Miles are marked. This year there weren’t as many water stops, the first one was about 4 miles. Some portapots are along the route. Hotdogs, mac and cheese, baked beans, chips, bananas and drinks at finish. Blended shortsleeve tshirt and nice size medal (see photo). Results posted same day.

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    2
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3
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    cwline REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Mile markers at each mile and plenty of water stops. Portapots on route. Great BBQ after race. Perfect weather. Race starts on top of mountain then run down a bit … MORE

    Mile markers at each mile and plenty of water stops. Portapots on route. Great BBQ after race. Perfect weather. Race starts on top of mountain then run down a bit then back up then all the way down. Asphalt road.

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    cwline FIRST-TIMER '17

    Shuttle to top of Fort Mountain, then run down a little, back up and then down the rest of the way. Nice refreshments after race - BBQ, chips, etc... T-shirt … MORE

    Shuttle to top of Fort Mountain, then run down a little, back up and then down the rest of the way. Nice refreshments after race – BBQ, chips, etc… T-shirt is cotton.

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    2
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    2

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    staciyanke FIRST-TIMER '16

    When we reached the starting area the race workers were still setting up cones. We noticed they were marking a turn around point right at the start. All of the … MORE

    When we reached the starting area the race workers were still setting up cones. We noticed they were marking a turn around point right at the start. All of the racers were now very curious. We had all heard they were adding mileage at the top of the mountain but didn’t know where. Soon the race director Sean was telling us the last bus was on its way up and we would be starting soon. The start ended up being around 10 minutes late.

    When the last bus arrived, they explained the course change. We were to head down the mountain for 1.6 miles, turn around, head back to the start and then turn to go back down. This was an interesting add to the race!
    Miles 1-3: elevation: (gained 221) (lost 298)

    The first mile was a slight uphill and then mostly down hill until the turnaround at 1.6, then we headed right back up until returning to the start to head back down. By the time I hit mile 2 I had already witnessed several people walking. The mountain air along with the steep incline was proving difficult for a lot of runners. I had tried to go out conservatively which helped a lot in these first few miles. I knew I wasn’t burning myself out early the race coordinators even suggest this. I grabbed a water at the first station around mile 3.

    Miles 4-6: elevation: (gained 174) (lost 436)

    Mile 4 proved to be very difficult. We just came off a pretty intense downhill and then hit a long uphill that curved quit a bit so much so that your ankles were at an angle. We passed an aid station at about 5.5 where I snagged a sports drink. The road down was so beautiful!! Every now and then you would get a glimpse off the mountain into the valley!
    Miles 7-9: elevation: (gained 42) (lost 899)

    The elevation loss during these miles was intense. I trained on hills but could feel the beating my legs were taking. I was focusing on shorter sides and light feet. We hit the aid station at about mile 8.5!
    Miles 10-12: elevation: (gained 0) (lost 866)

    At mile 12 there was an aid station so I grabbed water they also had sports drink available.
    Mile 13.1: elevation: (gained 9) (lost 56)

    This section really flattened out. It was mostly rolling hills but what really hit me was the sun! We had been having a nice breeze and shade while coming down the mountain. Now we were on the streets of Chatsworth with full sun up above us! It made the last mile a little challenging but it was nice to know you didn’t have much further to go! The finish was great and you could smell some great BBQ waiting on you when you finished along with the RD shouting out names as each of us crossed the finish line!
    The big issue I had along with other racers is that the course 5k and half were both about .10 long. I didn’t mind that much but I know that for some people a PR was in reach and they feel they missed due to this.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    3
    My Report
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    2

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