a run through the woods

Race Timeline:
-6:45 am: main gate to preserve opened.
-7:15 am: packet pickup
-7:50 am: pre-race announcements, national anthem
-8:00 am: race start

A run through the woods is an adventuresome trail run in it’s purest form!  Much of the trail is winding single track.  You will have to hop over and crawl under several downed trees on the course.  You will have to keep your eyes and feet in sync to avoid tripping over roots.  The woods you’re running through are made up of tall live oaks and pines!  The Whitemarsh Preserve, where you will be running offer the very best real and raw trails in the Savannah area!

This race is part of Run 4 a Reason’s Trail Running series worth 20 points if you run it.

Location: Whitemarsh Preserve, Savannah, Ga 31410.  coordinates: 32.02977338542001, -81.0003184920044

course: 3ish miles

The course is 3ish miles long.  It follows the excellent winding mtb trails at the Whitemarsh preserve.  The course is marked with surveyor flags.  Keep an eye out for these flags.  If you follow the flags you will not get lost nor inadvertently run the wrong course.

We’ve had to alter the course some from last year’s race due to the damages from hurricane Matthew.  Due to that, you will have to scramble over a few downed trees.  The course is beautiful, single track, with a couple of surprise hills thrown in to get a rise out of you. 😉

Course difficulty: moderately strenuous.

Start Time: 8:00 am: all distances


The main entrance gate to Whitemarsh Preserve (on Johnny Mercer Blvd, just north of the Bryan Woods and Johnny Mercer blvd intersection) will be open. Please drive slowing up the fire road until you reach the clearing. A parking attendant will direct you where to park.

Packet Pickup: is on race day at race location.  Packets will be available for pickup by 7:15, Sunday morning.  Your packet will include the following:

  • race shirt
  • race bib & pins

At the start/finish there will be an aid station providing water, gels, bananas, oranges, peanut m&m’s, dates and insects.

  • 5k runners run the course once, 10k twice, 15k three times.
  • 1 portable toilet will be located at the main entrance of the preserve.
  • Please note: if you drop down to a lower distance on race day than what you registered for, you will get a dnf on your ultrasignup standings.

We will give out prizes for the top 3 male and female of each race (5k, 10k, 15k).  There is an award for the DFL of each race.  And, there is an award for the runner of each distance that collects the most garbage during their run.  There a few mystery awards that will be given to the brave and audacious!  Be prepared!

We hope you enjoy the awards.  All are handmade and unique.  The winning awards highlight animal spirit totems of Native Americans, making them special.  All of the animal totems are of creatures that inhabit the state of Georgia, land and coast.

The finisher awards highlight the mystery of some of our urban legends such as Slender man, Stickman and El BigFootus. Your race shirt also lends a vague hint at these legends of awesomeness.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions regarding the race!

You may text me at: 912.777.9147

email: dlh14255@gmail.com

I wholeheartedly thank you for participating and supporting this trail race!  My goal is that you may have a wonderful and unique experience with nature on the trails at the Whitemarsh Preserve!

All the very best to you and yours.


Dan Hernandez

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