The Courses

The Ache Course

The Ache race and The Ouch both will start together on Butter Street. They will both come down the hill together and go onto Lake Shore Drive. The Ouch participants will then split from The Ache racers by staying STRAIGHT on East Lakeshore drive and heading towards the Tea House (Ache participants go to the right here). This 8K course starts on Butter Street with a sloping downhill crosses over the dam and then up a short steep hill referred to by local athletes as the “Grunt” hill. The run follows the lake in a counter-clockwise direction on West Lakeshore Drive, winding around 5 miles of continuous lake road (W. Lakeshore Drive turns into E. Lakeshore Drive). This is an 8-K USATF (4.97 miles) certified course with varied terrain. There are many inclines and switchbacks but the last half mile is relatively flat. Scenic views of this hidden mountain lake are visible throughout much of the race. A challenging course for runners and walkers.

Water/Aid Stations will be set up near the following locations: Caledonia Road (shortly before mile 1), Dug Hill Road (shortly before mile 2), and Lennox Road (before mile 4), as well as at the finish. Average weather conditions for Lake Lanier in September at 8:00 AM: 50-60 degrees F with mild humidity. See the Ache course map below:

The Ouch Course

The Ache race and The Ouch both will start together on Butter Street. They will both come down the hill together and go onto Lake Shore Drive. The Ouch participants will then split from The Ache racers by staying STRAIGHT on East Lakeshore Drive and heading towards the Tea House. Participants will enjoy a very flat first half mile all the way to the Tea House where they will be rewarded with beautiful views. After a short gradual hill you will take a left on Cut Through Rd and continue to climb by taking a left on Clark Road followed by a quick right on Butter street again before starting the descent by taking a left on Lanier Drive. Here the views are simply breathtaking…if the hill to get here was not! You will hit a short steep downhill before taking a left on Lake Shore Drive and heading up the final hill that will remind you why the race is called the Ouch. You finish by taking a right onto the dam and across the finish line. This course is considered a “fun run” and is NOT USATF-certified. See the Ouch course map below:

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