Under the Oaks Run
12 October 2019
An exclusive refuge for millionaires in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Jekyll is a 4000-year-old barrier island with 10 miles of beaches. Today it's an unusual clash of wilderness, historically preserved buildings, modern hotels and a massive campground. It's an easily navigable place – you can get around by car, horse or bicycle.With that being said, the Under the Oaks Run is the place to be!!The annual Under the Oaks Half Marathon is set to take runners on an out-and-back loop tour of Jekyll Island, one of the most beautiful and historic of Georgia’s “Golden Isles,” which played a role in the creation of the U.S. federal reserve system back in the early 20th century.Known perhaps best today for its historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel, whose moss-draped oak trees tower over the grassy lawns inside the Jekyll Island Historic District, the island played host to a meeting in 1910 of Senator Nelson Aldrich and the assistant secretary of the Treasury A. Piatt Andrew, as well as five of the nation’s leading bankers. From that came the legislation that created the banking system we know today as the Federal Reserve.But the island is known to most people for much more than that now, as much of it is protected as a state park — by law, 65 percent of the land on the island must be set aside and left in as natural a state as possible, with plenty of parks for the people of Georgia to enjoy.
Runners will start the Under the Oaks Challenge races around the middle of the island, at Great Dunes Park on Beachview Drive.From there, the race makes a counter-clockwise loop around the island, all the way north to DuBignon Creek and then south along Riverview Drive back down to the southern end of the island, past the Indian Mound Golf Club to Jekyll Island Road.After they’ve made the turn, runners will then finish out their last couple of miles of the race along these loop roads before heading back to Great Dunes Park for the race finish.
Flat and fast course.
THERE IS A $6 FEE TO ENTER ONTO JEKYLL ISLAND WHICH IS GOOD FOR 24 HOURS. THE 3 TOLL BOOTHS GET VERY CROWDED THE MORNING OF THE EVENT, SO PLEASE ALLOW AMPLE TIME FOR TRAVELING AND FINDING THE PARKING AREA AND GETTING TO THE START LINES. ALL RACES WILL START ON TIME.
WATER STATIONS ARE PLACED APPROX. 1.5 MILES APART ALONG EVERY COURSE. SEVERAL OF THE WATER STATIONS WILL ALSO HAVE HYDRATION BEVERAGES. WE WILL ALSO HAVE A RE-FUELING STATION FOR THE HALF MARATHON RUNNERS WHICH WILL CONTAIN BANANAS, HONEY STINGER GEL PACKS, & GUMMY BEARS.
PACED AT 7, 8 AND 9 MINUTE MILE RUNNERS WITH START LINE CORRAL AT START. RACE STARTS AT 7:30 AM SHARP ON BIB CHIP TIMING MAT. AFTER 3 ½ HOURS, THE UTO VAN WILL SWEEP THE COURSE AND PICK UP ANYONE WHO HAS NOT CROSSED THE FINISH LINE.