us for the tenth Heart of the South 500, April 4, 5 and 6, 2014OR
the Heart of the South 200 on April 5th.
"Heart of the South 500 and 200" were created to:
Give a racer a chance to qualify for RAAM,
those already entered in RAMM an opportunity for a great tune up ride and/or
a new crew;
those long distance riders in the southeast a "RAAM" type long ride;
money for disabled athletes via Athletes for Charitable Causes;
John Marino events in Alabama; it carries 3 Difficulty Points for the
500, 1 point for the 200;
me an opportunity to support and publicize the sport of UltraCylcing in the Southeast.
- Have some
The Heart of the South 500 is an RAAM sanctioned race. It is a qualifier for solo riders wanting to race in the Race Across America (RAAM). It covers roughly 500 miles and travels through north central and northeast Alabama, then through the northwest corner of Georgia, over Fort Mountain State Park to Ellijay - back to Piedmont, Alabama, then to the top Mount Cheaha and then back to Birmingham. The course climbing elevation is roughly 35,000 feet..
welcome all who want to participate, solos and teams. The race follows
RAAM rules, so you have to have a crew and following vehicle(s).
START TIME is 8 PM ON FRIDAY NIGHT AND TEAMS AT MIDNIGHT.
Please note the meeting times for solos and teams.
on this “link” shows
the location of the host hotel and starting location. We will start the
500 in the parking lot between the BankCorp South building and Cracker
Sunrise is at roughly 6:30
AM and sunset is at 7:00 PM.
Heart of the South Double Century!!
START TIME---5 AM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Heart of the South Double Century
covers the first 75 miles of the 500 mile race and then cuts across to the
last 125 miles. This is a John Marino
event and carries 1 difficulty point. THE DOUBLE DOES NOT REQUIRE A CREW—OR
The double has four rest stops (47, 100, 125, 150) on the route, sagging (if
necessary). There are many stores along the way for food and drink.
The double starts at 5 AM on Saturday, April 5th.
Please stop by the host hotel between 3 and 6:00 PM on Friday, April 5th
to pick up
you are driving in you can register at the start at 4 AM.
Registering for the 200
gets you T shirt and a place to
shower at the hotel after the race!
Sunrise is at roughly 6:30 AM and sunset is at 7:00 PM.
on this “link” shows the location
of the host hotel and starting location. We will start the 200
in the parking lot between the BankCorp South building and Cracker Barrel
BOTH THE 200 AND 500 ROUTE
TURNS ARE MARKED. GARMIN FILES ARE AVAILABLE, SEND ME AN EMAIL.
If you have an interest in helping
out please send me an email, and thanks ahead of time. Any event must have help, please consider doing so. Thanks.
The Start Time
for the 500 MILE race is 8
PM FRIDAY NIGHT for solos, 12 MIDNIGHT for teams. The race
is over at 8 PM Sunday.
The 200 will Start
at 5 AM Saturday from the same location as the 500.
Meetings Hampton Inn Colonnade
3:00-6:00 PM Registration
for 500 and 200, please come by and pick up materials
3:30 PM -- Solo 500 Meeting
4:30 PM Teams 500 Meeting
location between BankCorp South and Cracker Barrel Restaurant. (Click
here for map)
8 PM HOS 500 solo start
Midnight-HOS 500 team start
Double Century riders can pick up materials from 4 AM to 5 AM
5 AM 200 Start -- Double Century
Double Century riders finish between 4 PM and 10 PM Saturday
mile riders finish between 1 AM and 8 PM Sunday.
The Hampton Inn Colonnade is offering a rate of $99.00, please call the hotel at 205.967.2002 and ask for the Heart of the South Racing rate, code CNXHOS. The cutoff date for the rate is March 14th, I have ten rooms Thursday night, five Friday night so reserve early. There is a room at the Hotel Saturday and Sunday for showers. The Hampton is at the junction of I459 and Rte 280, across the street from the start.
(within 3 miles)
on the Summit
Cahaba Cycles, 967.2003,
2 miles from Start.
Wal Mart, 3 miles
Lowes, 2 miles