Race Information

Hello Runners!

Welcome to the 2013 edition of the FATS 50K!

The FATS 50K is 10 days away! I hope you’re as excited as I am about this year’s edition of the race. Please read this thoroughly for important information regarding this year’s race.

Directions to the Race Starts:

GPS Coordinates to the parking lot: 33.608532,-82.079662

Washington Rd and I-20 and points West: http://goo.gl/maps/RRxcL

Martintown Rd and I-20 and points East: http://goo.gl/maps/tthA1

Lake Thurmond to FATS: http://goo.gl/maps/CspCD

McCormick and points North (Greenville area): http://goo.gl/maps/Wo3tk

If you need additional directions, please feel free to reach out to me at my contact information listed below.


Parking is somewhat limited at the race start/finish area. Please consider carpooling if you can and parking close enough to vehicle next to you to allow the maximum amount of cars in the lot.

Packet Pick Up

Packet pick up will be the morning of the race only at the picnic table at the back of the parking lot. Packet pick up will begin at 6:00 am and end at 7:30 am.

Race Day Time Line

Packet pick up: 6:00 am to 7:30 am

Pre-race meeting: 7:50 am

Race start: 8:00 am

Race Course

Loop 1: Great Wall Counter Clockwise (CCW)

Loop 2: Deep Step Clockwise (CW)

Loop 3: Skinny CCW to aid station on Brown Wave CW

Loop 4: Aid station on Brown Wave CW to the remainder of Skinny CCW

Loop 5 Great Wall CW to the finish line

Race Course Map


Bright red = Great wall

Green = Deep Step

Blue = Skinny

Dark red = Brown Wave

Course Signage

For those of you who have run the FATS 50K in past years, you will notice one change with course signage. No more Styrofoam plates. This year I will be using highly visible yellow signs with contrasting black words and arrows to mark the course. These signs will be at ground level and should visible as you approach turns. The signs will be posted on the right hand side of the course (when applicable) a few feet before a turn. If you start down a trail and see the Wrong Way sign, please turn around and find the correct direction.

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Aid Stations

FATS 50K has two aid stations. The first aid station will be crossed a total of three (3) times. The second aid station will be crossed once. At each aid station there will be a team of volunteers recording your bib numbers as you enter the aid stations. Please be sure to call out your bib number to them so you can be accounted for. Please make sure your bib is visible somewhere on the front of your body.

Each aid station will have water, Gatorade, Coke, Mountain Dew and ginger ale to drink. There will be an assortment of gels, candies, fruit, chips, salt and potatoes, S!Caps and PB&J sandwiches. Sorry no filet mignon this year, maybe next year.

Crew Access

If you have friends or family that wants to reach you while on the course. There will be a few areas where they will have access to you. They will be able to access you at each of the two aid stations and at the first forest service road crossing on Brown Wave. Please be mindful of blocking access to the two aid stations since we will have volunteers in and out of the aid stations throughout the day. Your crew can also access you on each of the two road crossings on the Deep Step trail. Word of caution for the access on the Deep Step trail, there is little to no room to park vehicles on the shoulder of Deep Step Rd where the trail crosses. Please do not park on the road surface due to the oncoming traffic and obey all traffic laws

Trail Traffic

Please note that the FATS 50K is held on public use trails and you will more than likely encounter others enjoying the trails on race day. The FATS trails are highly regarded mountain bike trails and people travel from all over the country to ride them. The local chapter of SORBA is aware of the race and is advising riders to use some of the other area trails on race day. However, if you do encounter a mountain biker(s), please step off the side of the trail to allow them to pass since it is easier for the runner to step aside than it is for them to dismount. Generally, the mountain biking community stays away on race day but there is always the possibility to encounter a few riders enjoying their day.

Trail Safety

The FATS trails are remote and aside from a few access points are hard to get into if someone gets injured or needs assistance. Each trail is marked every half mile with a mileage marker. If you encounter an injured runner try to assess the situation and if applicable, stay with the runner send another runner to seek help from the nearest aid station/volunteer, if you carry your cell phone while running, please feel free to call me directly in the event of an emergency (803.221.4416). Please take note of the closest trail distance marker and which trail you are on. In the event of sudden severe weather, please consider all options and only continue on when it is safe to do so.


Please thank and be considerate of the volunteers. Without them, the race could not happen. They are giving up their day to serve you the runner. Any runners becoming belligerent with any volunteers along the course will be considered for removal from the race.  Any issues with the course, course markings, timing or other runners should be brought to my attention. Please don’t take it out on the volunteers.

My Contact Information

Please note that my cell phone number is 803.221.4416. As with most cell carriers, I have signal within the parking lot of the race. I plan to stay at the race start/finish line during the duration of the event. However, if I do have to leave the start/finish line for any reason, my signal may or may not be available. If you need to call me and I do not answer please leave me a voicemail and/or text me to call you and I will call as soon as I can. If you have any last minute questions, please don’t hesitate to call or email me at david@csraultras.com

Thank you for choosing the FATS 50K and I hope you have a great time and have fun on our trails!


David Nance