2024 Guide to Ellijay’s 5Ks and Fun Runs

Ellijay, Georgia isn’t just known for its stunning scenery and heirloom orchards. Over the years, it has gained a reputation as a haven for runners with its vibrant 5K race scene. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a novice looking to dip your toes into the world of running events, Ellijay has something for everyone. Lace up your sneakers and explore the thrill of Ellijay’s 2024 races.

5K Wine Run at Cartecay Vineyards

Join us on Saturday, March 23th, 2024 at 9:00am and 10:30am for a super fun event that features the amazing hospitality and scenery of Cartecay Vineyards with a breathtaking backdrop of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, and amazing wines produced by locally grown Cartecay Vineyards’ grapes! Please Note:  This is a very hilly course.  It is very suitable for walkers and beginners, but does have some challenging spots.

Georgia Mountain Trail Fest

This is the festival where the Georgia trails community comes together — hikers, mountain bikers, kayakers, trail runners, equestrians, campers, jeep and RV enthusiasts — everyone is welcome! We will have multiple trail related vendors, educational trail talks, food trucks, and hard cider from Reece’s Cider Co.

Ace The Race @ Carters Lake

Join us for a nature filled run along one of North Georgia’s most scenic routes and around Beautiful Carters Lake. 10:00 start at North Bank park. Start and finish at the dam. Race bibs and Race Tee shirt for participants registered before cutoff. Timing will be provided by Terra Running Company. Register at  https://register.chronotrack.com/r/78143 All proceeds help fund the National Public Lands Day Clean-up.

Sasquatch Strut @ Harrison Park

Come out to the 3rd Annual Sasquatch Strut 5K and Fun Run presented by Friends Of Harrison Park, Inc. in Ellijay Georgia. Race day registration and packet pickup begins at 7:30 AM, 5K starts at 8:30 AM. Fun Run starts at the completion of the 5K.The race will start and finish at Harrison Park.

Run for the Son

The Gilmer Christian Learning Center is hosting its 18th annual Run for the Son 5K fundraiser on Saturday, May 4th, 2024. This year the ministry is offering both in-person and virtual options for participants. To register, sponsor, or to get more information, visit www.gilmerclc.org/5k. For questions, please call 706.635.7100 or email office@gilmerclc.org.

Ellijay Mushrooms Fungi 5K

Starting and finishing at the scenic Ellijay Mushrooms Farm in the shadow of Fort Mountain! We’ll run on rural county roads and into a local winery as well. When done with the 5K enjoy a mushroom farm finish; complete with live music, 10oz of either shiitake or oyster mushrooms (bagged), 1- 12oz beer (21 and over) and mushroom au gratin. Mushroom Finisher medals, short sleeve dri-fit t-shirt for all participants! Awesome raffle prizes and age group awards! Proceeds will go to support local charity. Live music, mushrooms and wine until Noon! Event is rain or shine! Plenty of indoor space and outside tents should it be raining. T-shirts guaranteed for online registrants only (while supplies last if signing up in person)

Georgia Apple Festival 5K

The 48th Annual Apple Festival 5K and 1-mile race is a great way to kick off your Apple Festival weekend! This race is a certified course that starts and ends at the Ellijay Elementary School located off North Main Street across from City Hall. Awards are given to overall, master, and grandmaster winners, as well as the top 3 in various age categories. 

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