Run Wild at Elachee


Elachee Nature Science Center to host the 2016 Trillium Trek Trail Run on March 19, 2016March 9, 2016 (Gainesville, Ga.) – Elachee Nature Science Center is calling all runners to lace up for the annual Trillium Trek Trail Run on Saturday, March 19, 2016. This year’s competitive race features three courses for a half-marathon, and a 10K and 5K run/walk along Elachee’s hiking trails in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve.

Make it a family affair by entering your little ones in the Kids Fun Run. The Camp Elachee 2016 director is designing a course just right for these young legs!

About the Race

Trillium Trek Trail Run is an adventurous single- and double-track off-road running experience through the forest, across beautiful creeks and up/down steep to moderate hills. In fact, ranks Chicopee’s trails as the best in Georgia, with a perfect 5-star rating. 

A past participant had this to say about the Trillium Trek experience: “It was probably the toughest half marathon I’ve ever run. It was quite a challenge given I had ran a half dozen half marathons and that was my first trail half. Elachee is a beautiful place to run on a regular basis and to even do a race. I love the trails.”

Another racer shares, “You’re constantly on the trail. You don’t have to cross roads or worry about automobile traffic because you’re out in the woods the whole time.”

Runners will start at Elachee’s visitor center parking lot along Elachee Drive, then will soon find themselves immersed in Chicopee Woods, surrounded by towering trees, flowing creeks and nature’s other wonders. The terrain represents little bit of everything; rolling to steep hills, single-track, double-track, roots, rocks, bridges, stairs and even some sharp turns. Medals will be awarded to overall winners and three deep within each male/female age categories.

Registration and Race-Day Details

Online registration at will stay open until 11:59 p.m., Friday, March 18. Check in and event-day registration opens at 12:30 p.m., March 19. Trillium Trek fees are $55 for the half-marathon, $40 for the 10K race, $25 for the 5K race, and $5 for the Kids Fun Run. Registration includes a tech t-shirt, post-race recovery beverages and snacks. 

The race takes place at Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville, Ga. The Kids Fun Run starts at 1:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. start for the other competitive races. Walkers are welcome to participate in the 10K and 5K races, but must finish the course in four hours to receive an official time. This event will take place rain or shine, unless in the case of lightening or high winds that may put runners at risk.

Meet the Trillium Trek Sponsors

Elachee is proud to acknowledge the many sponsors and volunteers who are making this race possible: Annual Corporate Sponsor Murrayville Veterinary Clinic and Presenting Sponsor Publix Super Markets Charities; Gold level sponsors Soliant Consulting, Inc. and Premier Georgia Printing; Silver level sponsors TSI Sports and Zanfel Poison Ivy, Oak & Sumac Wash; Bronze level sponsors Runners FitGlobal Tree PreservationLeft Nut BreweryForte Promotional MarketingDanley Sound LabsNorth Georgia Canopy Tours and the University of North Georgia Students for Environmental Awareness.

Visit Elachee

The Elachee Nature Science Center exhibits and Nature Shop are open daily: Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Elachee’s hiking trail system through the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve is open to the public daily, 7 a.m. to dusk. See hours and admission details or call 770-535-1976.

About Elachee

Elachee Nature Science Center in north Georgia’s 1,440-acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve is a private, independently operated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. For more than 35 years, this premier SACS/AdvancEd-accredited nature center has been instrumental in building environmental literacy for Georgians. Elachee serves tens of thousands of visitors annually through STEM-based environmental education classes for PreK-12 schools, Camp Elachee summer day camps, museum exhibits, 12 miles of pristine hiking trails, other quality educational experiencesconservation activities and special programs for the public. The campus is also home to Elachee Nature Preschool, the first and only State-licensed and SACS-accredited nature preschool in the southeast. Elachee relies on earned income and tax-deductible donationsplanned giftsgrants and fundraising events to fund operations. Call 770-535-1976 or

Media Contacts

Melissa Reid, Education Program Manager
Kim Marks, Development Director