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After a resounding success in 2022, the beloved Carpet Capital 10 Miler is back for 2023! Using the original out-and-back course on the scenic Old Prater’s Mill Road and McGaughey Chapel Road, the race will begin at Varnell Elementary, traveling down Prater’s Mill Road, before turning left on Old Prater’s Mill Road and proceeding along most of McGaughey Chapel Road, finally turning around and re-following the course to the start/finish line. This is a USATF certified course, #GA23054WC. Proceeds from the event will benefit local youth athletics. In 2022, the race was able to donate over $2000 to Ringgold High School's Cross Country and Track and Field programs. This year, we're opening up grant applications for all area youth athletics programs.
This race started in 1988 as the BASF 10 Miler and was run continuously through 2018. In 1995, the race was renamed the Carpet Capital 10 Miler and as one of very few USATF certified 10 mile courses in the state of Georgia, holds almost all the state records. Entrants come mainly from Georgia and surrounding states, but other parts of the country have been represented as well as other countries.
There will be no race day registration in 2023.
The race will start at 9:00AM. Awards will be presented at 11AM. There will be post-race chili.
Packet pickup will be available on Friday, December 8, and race morning.
Friday's packet pickup will take place at Dalton Brewing Company (112 W. King Street) from 5PM-6:30PM. Come by, grab a pre-race beverage, and hang out for a bit.
Race day packet pickup will begin at 7:45AM and continue until 8:45, from the Varnell Elementary School cafeteria. Both races will start simultaneously at 9AM sharp. The race location is Varnell Elementary School: 4421 GA-2, Dalton, GA 30721.
There will be no day-of-race registration in 2023.
The 10 Miler will have prize money for the top five overall Men and the top five overall Women finishers, a total prize purse of $5200, with the following breakdown:
Age group awards for the 10 Miler will be awarded to the first place finisher in the following age ranges:
The 5k will have an award for the overall male and overall female.
Additionally, the overall male U20 and overall female U20 runners will be awarded a certificate for a free pair of shoes from Front Runner Athletics.
Open male: Athanas Kioko 46:10
Open female: Celine Ritter 57:15
Master male: Earl Owens 53:25
Master female: Mary Priesel 63:06
Grand Master male: Tom Dooley 57:48
Grand Master female: Judith Hine 68:34
An incomplete (only 13 years have been accounted for thus far) All-Time list of performances at the Carpet Capital 10 Miler can be accessed here.
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