Course Records

  • 48 Hour
    • Ladies: 160.4125 (2022)
    • Gents: 190.1184 (2018)
  • 24 Hour
    • Ladies: 111.8926 (2021)
    • Gents: 126.7456 (2020)
  • 12 Hour
    • Ladies: 70.3042 (2017)
    • Gents: 77.2356 (2019)
  • 6 Hour
    • Ladies: 40.5982 (2020)
    • Gents: 43.5688 (2019)

Located inside Camp Frank D. Merrill, Dahlonega Georgia. Merrill’s Mile is a certified USA Track and Field 0.9951mi loop. The course is a 12′ wide paved loop with approximately 10′ of elevation gain per loop. There are 6-hour, 12-hour, 24-hour, and 48-hour race options. All runners change directions every 6-hours.












Just the Facts

June 7-9, 2024

9:00am, 9:00pm Friday & Saturday

Camp Frank D. Merrill, Dahlonega, GA

1-Hour prior to each race start at Camp Frank D. Merrill. You MUST present your government issued photo ID in order to ENTER Camp Merrill and PICK UP your packet.

This event is held on a military installation. Photo ID and proof of insurance for vehicles may be requested for entry. Weapons are NOT permitted on Camp. 


6-Hour Race Start Times

  • 9:00am Friday June 7th
  • 9:00pm Friday June 7th
  • 9:00am Saturday June 8th
  • 9:00pm Saturday June 8th

12-Hour Race

  • 9:00am Friday June 7th
  • 9:00pm Friday June 7th
  • 9:00am Saturday June 8th
  • 9:00pm Saturday June 8th

24-Hour Race

  • 9:00am Friday June 7th
  • 9:00pm Friday June 7th
  • 9:00am Saturday June 8th

48-Hour Race

  • 9:00am Friday June 7th

Race Reports

Merrill’s Mile 12-Hour

Merrill’s Mile 24-Hour

Merrill’s Mile 48-Hour

Course Information
  • The course is a 12′ wide 1 mile PAVED loop with approximately 10′ of elevation gain per loop.
  • Runners will change directions every 6 hours.
  • There will be one fully stocked aid station at the start/finish line with plenty of typical race foods available all day (water, sports drink, pretzels, bananas, oranges, PB&J as well as lots of homemade foods all day). There will also be a second aid station with water only at the half way point.
  • Bathroom facilities will be Port-O-John’s along the course
  • The Main Aid will be at the Start/Finish area.
Race Rules
  • No pacers allowed. Guest bibs are available at the timing tent and are meant for friends/family to run/walk 1-2 laps at a time.  There are limited guest bibs.
  • Headlamps are required for all racers running overnight.  The course has no lights.
  • Please notify event staff if you abandon the race prior to the finish time.
  • There is no credit for partial laps. The distance after last FULL lap completed at the 6, 12, 24 or 48 hour mark will be official finish distance.
  • Race bibs must be worn and be visible at all times.
  • Only laps completed with timing chip will be credited.  Runners are responsible for wearing their timing chips at all times while running.
  • Runners may only be scored for awards under gender designated on government issued ID.  Participants that elect to not disclose their gender or choose “Other” as their gender will not be included in scoring for awards.
Crew Information

All racers are welcome to have crew support.  Crews and runners are welcome to set up in the grass infield of the course. There will be no power, and there is poor cell phone service (only Verizon works), so come prepared.

Volunteering and Sweeping

Please contact us for additional information on volunteering and sweeping using the form options at the top of the page.

Volunteers often help with the setup and breakdown of equipment as well as helping runners during the beginning and end of the event.



The closest town to the event site is Dahlonega, GA. Dahlonega has a few chain hotels (Holiday Inn Express, Days Inn and Quality Inn). There are a number of local boutique hotels, bed and breakfast inns and homes on VRBO & AirBNB. Forest Hills Resort and Amicalola Falls State Park are also quite close and offer lodging.


If dry camping is all you need, Camp Merrill allows runners to camp on the track infield Friday night prior to the event. Please do NOT arrive before 4pm.

Weather Notes

Weather in this region can range greatly with pop-up storms in the afternoons almost guaranteed. Expect it to be hot and humid. This is Georgia in July, after all.

Current Weather

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