Hogpen Hill Climb Race Preview

By: Brian Elder

We want to help people run in community and run connected. One way that we do this is by talking about races that we recommend and would love for you to join us at. If you're looking for a challenge this winter, a race that will offer just that is the Hogpen Hill Climb. Touted by many as the most difficult race in the state of Georgia, this 18k climbs through the mountains up Richard Russell-Brasstown Scenic Highway. I have personally run this race and it was a cold and rainy day, but still one of the most memorable races that I have run because it is such a challenge. One of the great things about this race is that if you hate to wake up early for those 7 and 8AM start times, you can sleep for the race starting at 11AM. If the 18k is too long, the 5k piglet run is a great option as well. The race proceeds will go to benefit Northeast Georgia's Habitat for Humanity. Awards will be presented to the top 3 runners in each race and the top three in each age division for runners in both the 18K and 5K. Below we have listed some information on price breaks and race day start times you will need. 


  • Early Registration Ends: January 3, 2015 ($40 for 18k; $25 for 5k)
  • Online Registration Ends: January 8, 2015 at Midnight
  • Students receive a special discount and pay $20 for either race

Start Times:

  • 5K: 9:30AM
  • 18K: 11:00AM

If you're interested in running the race you can register here!

Brian Elder is a learner, amateur explorer, and nomadic runner that is going to run until it takes him somewhere. He is a senior at the University of Georgia studying English and Religion.  After running competitively on trails and roads, he fuels with an appetite so big you would swear it’s competitive.  Follow Brian on Instagram.