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Hop through Frogtown
Familys land dates to mid-19th century
Runners compete in the 2008 Race for Camp Grace, now known as the Frogtown Trail Challenge. - photo by Submitted

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The beginning point and camping area for the race is near the intersection of Old Federal and Nicholson Roads. (click for map

A trail race to benefit two charitable organizations is scheduled for Oct. 10 in the forests of northwestern Forsyth County.

The Frogtown Trail Challenge, formerly known as the Race for Camp Grace, is a 10-mile ditch jumping, log hopping, creek crossing, mountain climbing trek through the woods.

Kevin Garmon, one of the event’s organizers, said the roster has nearly filled up.

“When we started this thing we thought there would be a lot of momentum,” Garmon said. “We were right. It’s going to be a sellout.”
The event motto proclaims “this ain’t your Mama’s trail race.”

Indeed, race participants choose either a 4- or 10-mile version of the trail challenge when signing up. Runners can camp out the night before on property where the race will be held.

The story behind the property is interesting in itself.

According to Chris Garmon, Kevin’s brother, the land goes back to his “great-grandmother’s great-grandmother,” who was a Cherokee Indian living in the area.

The family has owned the Frogtown property dating back to the mid-1800s, when his great-great-grandfather “built the Frogtown schoolhouse from wood that was cut from the property.”

Chris Garmon said much of the family moved to Marietta in the 1940s, but he moved back to Frogtown about 15 years ago and “realized what an asset we had and how much we could give back to the community, through events like this race.”

He added, “That’s how my family would have had it. They were very much involved in the community.”

In addition to trekking the Frogtown land Oct. 10, runners will be treated to a concert by Verna Law the night before the race.

Cub Scouts will also be around to tend the campfire, while earning merit badge points.

“We’ve tried to incorporate the community,” Garmon said. “We think this is something that helps put Frogtown on the map. It’s a unique course.
There’s not many 10-mile trail races on private property like this.”

In the past, the race benefited a children’s camp. Proceeds now go to the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes and Christian Runners.