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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!




WHEN: Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 10:00AM


WHERE: Unicoi State Park, Helen, GA

(Parking details coming soon)


REGISTRATION: Online at UltraSignup, HERE.  ONLY $50

(Registration Open NOW and selling fast!!!)


* Registration also available in store at all 7 Big Peach Running Co. locations!! *

Course Description

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 $50 entry fee?

Friday night lights in Helen! The Christmas lights in Helen are a site to see! You get A technical t-shirt, finishers pint glass, and a beer to put in that pint glass at Old Heidelberg German Restaurant & Pub Helen, Georgia.  Also the official awards ceremony/after party that has drink and food specials not to mention some AMAZING karaoke at Old Heidelberg.



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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

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