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Runners taking Frogtown Trail Challenge
Event Saturday in northwest Forsyth
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Forsyth County News

If you go

* What: Frogtown Trail Challenge

* When: Race starts at 8 a.m. Saturday

* Where: On Nicholson Road, about a quarter mile off of Old Federal Road

* Cost: $45 for the 4-mile course; $50 for the 10-mile today, prices increase by $10 starting Monday

* Online: www.frogtowntrailchallenge.com

* Also, camping opens at 3 p.m. Friday. The cost is $5 for a primitive site.

For the fifth official year, hundreds of runners will tromp through changing terrain and natural obstacles on a plot of land in northwest Forsyth.

The Frogtown Trail Challenge returns on Saturday with its popular 4-mile and 10-mile off-road courses and an evening of camping and a bonfire on Friday.

Chris Garmon said he and his brother initially set up the annual event as a way to give back to the community with the land that’s been passed down for generations since the 1800s.

Each year, the Frogtown race supports a different organization, typically focused on children in the community.

“This is the first year we’ve kind of ventured out, but it’s through our church, which is in Alpharetta, so we know a lot of people who go down to Guatemala every year,” Garmon said.

The race will benefit Hope for Guatemala, which plans to buy a larger produce truck to meet the nutritional needs of more children in and around the nation’s capital city, he said.

Last year, Garmon said the race raised more than $10,000 for Forsyth County Young Life.

Garmon and others have been preparing the trails for weeks in anticipation of another successful year.

They’ve received great feedback on the course in the past, so the only changes have been improvements to what’s there, he said, such as removing many bees’ nests.

New this year though, Garmon said the course does have mile markers so runners will know how far they’ve been and how much longer until the final obstacle.

“The comments that I have read on surveys we’ve done have been that the race was a challenge but it wasn’t ridiculous,” he said. “They enjoy the mix of natural obstacles, i.e. ditches and steep terrain and creeks, but they also like the cargo net.”

The number of runners allowed has been increased to 1,000 this year. Pre-registration closes on Thursday.