Start of 2015 Soque River Ramble

Start of 2015 Soque River Ramble!

Thanks to Debbie Carter for providing us with around 400 photos of the event including most everyone who finished the course and came across the finish line. You can see these photos and download the ones of your choosing by going to the following link: 2015 Soque River Ramble Photos, and additional ones here: 2015 Photos.

By the way, we have some extra T-shirts available for sale if anyone wants to get one. Email Dale Holmes for details.

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2015 Soque River Ramble  T-shirtYou missed the race but want one of this year’s Soque River Ramble t-shirts.  Good news…we have a few left over, primarily in M and L.

Call Debbie Taylor at 706.754.5101 or Dale at 706.499.0367 to place an order.

 

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The race results are in! 2015 Soque River Ramble – Race Results

SRR 2015

A total of 172 runners and walkers passed over the finish line in the 2015 Soque River Ramble 6K Run & Walk held in the Batesville community of Habersham County. Including volunteers and spectators, an estimated crowd of well over 200 were treated to a stellar morning in the mountains with ideal weather conditions for the event. Crossroads Cafe provided great refreshments and the Tallulah River Bluegrass trio helped create the right ambiance for the beautiful setting on the Soque River.

20151024_101222A special thanks goes out to the sponsors and volunteers who contributed to the success of this great outdoor event!

We look to have photos of the event later this week. Stay tuned!

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Did you know that Northeast Georgia grows acres and acres of grapes and that some of America’s finest wines are Homeproduced here?  Visit the Winegrowers Association of Georgia website for a complete list of vineyards, wineries and events.

Are you in the mood for music?  Grab your lawn chairs and head over to Sautee Nachoochee for the Summer in the Country music festival.  The Sautee Nacoochee Center offers rich cultural experiences that help us appreciate the sense of community and hospitality that define our mountain heritage.

Cabbage Patch KidsLooking for a family friendly fall festival and BBQ, check out the Hillbilly Hog BBQ Fall Festival taking place at BabyLand General® Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia.

Outdoor recreation is one of main attractions of this area. Area state parks at Tallulah Gorge, Black Rock Mountain, Unicoi and Smithgall Woods offer activities for all ages including miles of biking and hiking trails, lodging for retreats, camping, trout fishing and breathtaking waterfalls.

Fall Soque Celebration Poster

Take the Scenic 197 Moonshine Highway and stop at Mark of the Potter, a pottery cooperative housed in the Historic Watts Mill a must see destination, not only for the pottery, but to see the enormous trout that live beside the mill in the Soque River.

Finally, enjoy an evening of fun, food, and entertainment at the Fall Soque Celebration supporting Soque River Watershed Association.

 

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2015 Soque River Ramble T-shirtThe weather will be perfect this Saturday for the Ninth Annual Soque River Ramble.  We ordered extra t-shirts and invite you to join us and register at the event.  So load up the family and drive to the Marlan Wilbanks Farm, 860 Old Chimney Mountain Road, Batesville (Clarkesville) Georgia  (directions to the farm)

SoqueRiver Ramble Runners6Schedule of Events:

1K Fun Run – 8:30 AM – A great out and back run for kids or warm-up for adults and seasoned runners! Take a jog or sprint down Old Chimney Mountain Road over the Left Fork Soque River and enjoy the crisp October mountain air.

6K Run & Walk – 9:00 AM – The main event! Get ready to start on the  bridge at the site of the river restoration project for the 3.75 mile jaunt through the river valleys that merge in this rural community known as Batesville. Firemen will be stationed at each highway turn to ensure your safety on the route. You’ll find a water table after the challenging climb up the  hill to the Batesville crossroads. Be welcomed and congratulated back at the finish line where you’ll be served ice cold bottled water, fresh muffins, and treated to bluegrass tunes.  Stay for the award ceremony afterwards for locally made pottery and great door prizes.  (Run and Walk Map)

 

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Soque River Ramble Starting Line

Bridge at Old Chimney Mountain Rd

One of the coolest things about the Soque River Ramble is that the race route takes you over both the Left Fork and the Right Fork of the Soque River in Habersham County.

The starting line is located literally on the bridge over the Left Fork or west branch of the Soque River at Old Chimney Mountain Road near the Batesville community.

Left Fork Soque River

Left Fork Soque River

 

 

Participants get to see and hear the Soque as it begins its nearly 30 mile path through Habersham County to empty into the Chattahoochee River. In the first quarter mile of the race, you can see Tray Mountain and Chimney Mountain to the west.

Goshen Branch of Soque

Bridge over Right Fork Soque River

 

 

 

At about 1.3 miles into the event, runners and walkers cross over the Right Fork of the Soque, also knows as the Goshen Branch or Goshen Creek. From here you can see some of the most gorgeous scenery in the county with views of Goshen Valley and Goshen Mountain.

 

Right Fork Soque River

Right Fork Soque River

 

When you are about 2.5 miles along on Hwy. 197, you cross over the Soque River proper just south of the confluence of the two branches. Some of the best trophy trout fishing begins in this portion of the Soque and continues south towards Clarkesville.

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