Georgia Series Race will Benefit Sarazen Family

Oct. 4, 2013

Fort Yargo Trail Run set for October 12 at Winder

Geoff Sarazen's name was associated with golf more than any other sport, but he also made an impact in trail running. In particular, Sarazen was a friend and supporter of the XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series, and the upcoming XTERRA Fort Yargo Trail Run will serve as a benefit for his family.

Sarazen FamilySarazen passed away unexpectedly due to a stroke two months ago at the age of 40. He is survived by a wife (Chalise) and three children (Britt, Bryce and Mary Landis).

Tim Schroer, race director of the XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series, said he lived on the same street as the Sarazens for the past 10 years. Geoff Sarazen was a local golf professional in Dacula, and the grandson of Hall of Fame golfer Gene Sarazen.

"He was looked up to by everyone he came in contact with," Schroer said. "He was the kind of neighbor that would give you the shirt off his back … drop what he was doing and lend a hand with anything you needed."

The XTERRA Fort Yargo Trail Run is scheduled for October 12 at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder, Georgia, and it is expected to draw 300 runners. Among the entries are Chalise Sarazen and her three children.

Schroer said the Sarazen family will be recognized at the race, and all proceeds from the event will be donated to a fund for the family.

The Fort Yargo Trail Run is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, and ONLINE REGISTRATION is available until October 8.

There will be two courses available - an 8.5-mile long course, and a 3.5-mile short course. Runners can choose to run on either course.

To learn more about the XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series, please visit

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