Helen Holiday Half Marathon/10k


WHEN: Half/10k Saturday,

November 25th, 2016

at 8:00AM


BLACK FRIDAY 5K: Friday Novemeber

24th 7:30pm



WHERE: Unicoi State Park, Helen, GA



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Race Weekend Schedule


Friday Nov 24th



Packet pick up (for the 5k only) at the start of the race (NOT AT THE LODGE) 6:30-7:15 PM


Race start is at 7:30 pm


Unicoi Lodge has a buffet and full bar that are open so come get some dinner






Saturday Nov 25th


Start/finish located at the big field on Unicoi Bottoms Rd within Unicoi State Park.


Unicoi Bottoms Rd
Helen, GA 30545


Packet pickup 6:30 am to 7:40.

Race starts at 8am for both races.         


After party at Bigg Daddys in Helen starting at 6 pm

807 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen, GA 30545


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Seasoned veterans and Trail Newbies alike, get ready for one of the most beautiful half marathons you've ever run!  Reminiscint of a Bavarian alpine town, Helen, Georgia is the South's quaint little gateway to the vast beauty of the North Georgia mountains.  On this special race weekend, not only will you experience the whimsical beholdings of Unicoi State Park's beautiful trails, but you'll be able to stroll through the streets of Helen the nights before and after the race to enjoy the first weekend of the Helen holiday light display!

One EPICly beautiful way to kick of your holiday running season!

This race is 50% women so ladies here is your chance to come have fun on a safe trail with rolling hills and amazing views. Also enjoy us for a fun weekend of hanging out and relaxing!

Course Description

10k starts at the same time as the half and runs the first 5 miles the same and then splits off

Half Marathon:

The run will be 90% on scenic single-track trails, using some or all of the following park trails: Bottoms loop, Lake Loop, Helen Trail, and the mountain bike trail.  While trail races are a bit different, difficulty-wise from road races, this course is not crazy technically challenging, and is a great first race for trail newbies!


Course described by the Race Director, Sean Run Bum Blanton:

I describe the mileage of the course like this...

Miles 1-4 = Flat non technical
4-5 rolling most techincal section of the course and really its just some roots.
5-6 250 ft gradual climb (longest climb of the course, but it has switch backs)
6-7 LONG fast decent
7-9 flat road in Helen then gentle climb followed by fast decent
to the creek crossing. YES YOU WILL HAVE A CREEK
CROSSING! IT is about calf deep so you WILL get your feet wet!
9-finish = Rolling hills. Some short steep climbs and by that I mean 30-60 seconds of climbing or hiking then flat or down. Last 1/2 mile is flat and down hill.
We highly encourage everyone to visit Unicoi State Park before and after the race.  Don't foget, the beautiful Unicoi State Park & Lodge is the perfect place to stay- literally walking distance from the start/finish area!!


What's included for my entry fee?

Friday night lights in Helen! The Christmas lights in Helen are a site to see! You get chip timing , a shirt, finishers pint glass, and a beer to put in that pint glass at our after party at the finish.  Also the official awards ceremony/after party with drink and food specials.


Don't forget this is a GREAT HOLIDAY FUN EVENT

TO BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY TOO!! With the start of the holiday lights in Helen, there's plenty to do! Visit the Alpine Helen / White County Convention

& Visitors Bureau for more info on places to stay

and things to do!


Also, stay tuned for the opportunity to join on some course preview fun runs!


    The Run Bum Promo code for online reservations is RUNBUM. It is for $89 ( NORMALLY $129!!!) in the lodge that includes breakfast- this is for double occupancy. Remember that this does not inclue tax or a $5 parking pass.



Unicoi State Park & Lodge
1788 Hwy 356
Helen, GA 30545



Questions comments or concerns please email INFO@RunBumTours.com