The battlefield is about 10,000 acres and is located in northwest Georgia. Prior to the race I did read up on this Civil War battle and the facts about it were in my mind virtually the entire time during the race:
A three day battle in September 1863
125,000 Soldiers (60,000 Union 65,000 Confederate)
Estimated Casualties: 34,624
4,757 missing & captured
1,468 missing & captured
While on the course I tried to imagine what that must have been like for those soldiers. I also wondered what they would think of us 150 years later doing a foot race where all of this took place.
Since Mary & I drove up the night before it was no problem getting to the race on time (so glad we drove the 125 miles the day before instead of the morning of :) Had plenty of time to look around - one of things I noticed, the Civil War cannon - I had heard they fire the cannon for the start of the race (and they did).
It was a chilly 29 degrees at the start of the race - think everyone wanted to get the race started just to warm up.
and we were off..
There was so much to see and read on this course. I found myself stopping and taking pictures of things that explain what was going on in the location during the battle. I really want to come back here again (when it's warmer & not a race). However, following are a few of the pics I took:
|Sept. 19, 1863 3 PM|
|3 men killed, 4 men wounded, 3 horses killed, 3 wounded|
|typically do not see things like this during a race|
|so many cannons|