Monastery Trail Races - 2018

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:30am
Category: Event

This is the 9th year of our race event, and we've added an 8-mile endurance race for the second time. Last year's first time 8-miler was a blast with a surprisingly large number of participants. 
We are excited about this year’s 9th annual Monastery trail races. This event is unlike any other race you'll go to… ever! This is the second year since we've added the 8-mile race! Runners and walkers will have a unique opportunity to trek through the Monastery woodlands to enjoy the serene and peaceful landscape. This is a trail run on open-air courses over natural dirt or grass terrain. The newly added 8-mile race is not for beginners.
The Routes:
The race starts in front of the Monastery Visitor Center and then goes on the trails that weave among the monastery’s scenic woodlands and lakesides. You'll run past lakes filled with ducks and open fields with amazing views. You'll run up repentance hill (a 1/4 mile challenging hill in the middle of the course). Then you'll run through more amazing trails and end up at the Visitor Center. At the end of the 5K race, the 8-miler continues on a new route for the remaining 4.9 miles to complete the 8-miler.
Overview of routes: (5K race)  (8-mile race)

Pray with the monks:
It has become a tradition for many participants who choose to join the monks before the race for Morning Prayer & Mass at 7:00 a.m. with the race following immediately after Mass. Please allow ample time to park and walk to the Abbey Church. The races begin soon after the conclusion of Mass. All the races begin at the same time 8:30 am.

5K AWARDS will be (male/ female) top 3 overall and top 3 overall masters, 10 & under, 11-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-69, 60-64, 65+.

8-Mile AWARDS will be (male / female) top 3 overall. MEDALS for all finishers of the 8 miler.

After the race: FREE PANCAKES FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS

The proceeds from this event will go directly to the monastery’s charity outreach.

Event details:
Early Registration Fees: (Prices go up after April 30)
8-Mile Fee      - $35.00 (with signed waiver)
5K Entry Fee - $25.00 (with signed waiver)
1.5-mile Entry Fee - $20.00 (for all participants)
Children under 10 run for free (no-t-shirt)
T-shirts guaranteed for participants registered before end of day June 4

Registration:
Click here for ONLINE REG.
● You can submit registration form and entry fee via regular mail.
● or by drop-off at the  Monastery gift  store. (Print Reg Form)

Race Day Schedule
Race Start Time at 8:30 am; Check in Time: 6:30 am (or before Mass)
- Packet Pick-up and Race Day Registration 6:30 am
- Location: Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212 SW, Conyers, GA 30094
- Liability Release required for all participants. Kids under ten run free (no-t-shirt)
- Signed waiver required for all youth 18/under.
Day before the race, Friday
- Early pick up of packets at Monastery Noon – 5:00 PM

After the race: FREE PANCAKES FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS

Visit and enjoy the Monastic Heritage Center which features a display of the history of monasticism. You will also enjoy shopping in gift-shop and Bonsai store as well as a stroll through the Bonsai garden. Spend some quiet time on the lakeside and peaceful grounds.

Arabia Mountain PATH hike/bike trail
After the race, take a stroll, hike, or bike ride along the scenic “hike and bike” trail that spreads along the entire 30+ miles path of the that begins at the Monastery entrance.

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