Run the Gauntlet GA - 133 Miles of Smiles

1 Mar 2011
The Gauntlet - A Challenge for Sports Car & Motorcycle Enthusiasts

Announced by The Lodge at Copperhead & Biker Barn, LLC - Blairsville, GA

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. (March 1, 2011) - The Lodge At Copperhead and Biker Barn, LLC of Blairsville, Georgia have announced the First Annual Running of the Gauntlet on April 2, 2011. The Running of the Gauntlet is an attraction open to motorcyclists and sports car enthusiasts of all skill levels, and features a challenging and scenic 133-mile route through the Blue Ridge Mountains.

"North Georgia's mountains have the most unspoiled beauty in the country and we want to share that with our guests," said Michelle Evans, spokesperson for The Lodge at Copperhead. "The Gauntlet allows the tourist to see the area through the eyes of the locals."

Participants will check in at Gauntlet Headquarters, The Lodge at Copperhead or Biker Barn where they'll be given a map detailing a route that features some of North Georgia's most challenging roads and scenic vistas. Runners of the Gauntlet will traverse Georgia's highest peak, from where they can view several states on a clear day, and will enjoy refreshing stops at scenic overpasses and other attractions.

"This is not a race," Evans said. "It's a journey: The first such journey since the Tail of the Dragon near Deals Gap. We're really proud of this, and can't wait to get it kicked off."

Upon successfully running the Gauntlet participants will be able to purchase t-shirts, hats, bandanas, pins, and patches to commemorate their achievement, as well as celebrate with other Gauntlet runners at the famed Lodge at Copperhead.

"We have so many motorsports enthusiasts who come to our area for our roads and natural beauty, but they'll never find the amazing roads we'll send them on with their GPS," Evans said. "And that's not to mention the fun they're in for when they get back." Brad Betters, spokesperson for the Biker Barn said, "We are trying to put forth a team effort to bring tourism to our local area to help improve the economy." "By getting tourist to stay in our local area, we will help all local businesses."

To celebrate the first Running of the Gauntlet, weekend events will feature live music by Mike Watson's Band, as well as Comfort Food with Attitude, and all the other refreshments the Lodge has become famous for.

Once the Gauntlet has been properly kicked off, The Lodge at Copperhead will sponsor a variety of events taking advantage of it. One such event, scheduled for April 9, is a treasure hunt for the Rumble for Relay Motorcycle Ride to benefit the American Cancer Society.

The Lodge at Copperhead is located at 171 Copperhead Parkway, Blairsville, GA and Biker Barn, LLC, is located at 24 Ivy Log Road, Intersection of Murphy Hwy US19/129 & Nottley Dam Road GA325 Hwy, Blairsville, GA. For more information, go to and become a fan of the Gauntlet on Facebook.

Contact: Carolyn Bowen
Telephone: 706.835.7433

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