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Additional race information can be found at http://chasingjeffersondavis.com/.
Early on the morning of May 10, 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured at his camp outside Irwinville by a detachment of the Fourth Michigan Calvary, who had pursued him into the heart of the Deep South. Davis had spent the evening of May 8, in Abbeville, a distance of almost exactly 26.2 miles from where he was captured. To commemorate this historic event, the counties and communities along the route will host the Annual Chasing Jefferson Davis Marathon on April 15, 2023.
Due to the rural location of the marathon, some GPS systems will not recognize our locations. Here are Google Map links to the exact starting locations for each race:
Half Marathon: http://tiny.cc/HalfMarathonStart
The race is a point to point and runs through the counties of Irwin, Ben Hill and Wilcox. Parking will be available at the start and finish. Shuttle busses will begin running 3 hours after the start of the races. Busses will cease at 2:00 PM. The Marathon is USATF Certified #GA15012WC.
Course Map: http://chasingjeffersondavis.com/maps.html
EARLY PACKET PICKUP AND REGISTRATION
Early packet pickup and registration will be held on 4/14/2023 at Abbeville Historic Gymnasium, 300 College St., Abbeville, GA from 6PM to 8PM. Contact 229-467-2737 for more information.
The Full Marathon starts at the Abbeville Historic Gymnasium, 300 College St., Abbeville, GA and the Half Marathon starts at 1018 Salem Church Rd, Fitzgerald, GA. Both races will end at 338 Jeff Davis Park Road, Irwinville GA. Registration begins at 5:00 AM and the race will start with a cannon blast at 6:00 AM for the full marathon and 6:30 AM for the half marathon.
Awards for Overall M & F, Masters M & F, and top 3 M & F in each age group: 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 & over. Everyone who finishes the Marathon will get a commemorative medal.
Chasing Jefferson Davis is proud to be a part of the Black Bag Race Series.
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