Entry Includes:

Tshirt, Finisher's Pint Glass, Victory Beer, & Post Race Food & Fun!

EARLY ENTRY
Before January 31
$55
NORMAL ENTRY
After January 31
$65

Half Marathon Course Description

Start to Beach Aid Station: The race begins at the staging area and heads north with 400 feet of vertical climb up a gravel service road and into Unicoi State Park. Take these rolling hills down into Unicoi and turn right onto the Bottoms Loop Trail. From here you will climb up to GA HWY 356 at mile 3 and turn left to cross over the Smith Creek Dam. Get a nice view of the water as you run along the Lake Trail making your way to your first aid station at mile 4. Beach Aid Station to Bear trap Aid Station: From here you will continue clockwise around the lake towards the visitors center. Once here you will turn left and head uphill towards the second aid station. Make sure you stock up here!! You will not have a full aid station until returning to this one after the next 3 miles. Bear Trap to First Blood: From this second aid station you will be following the Smith Creek Trail climbing to the top of Hickory Nut Ridge. Enjoy running beside the creek and taking in the rhododendron and hardwood forest. Having reached the upper terminus you will have climbed over 1,000 vertical feet. Take water here only if you need it. This is our most difficult aid station to access so it is limited to what our sweepers can hike in. First Blood to Bear Trap: At this point you leave Smith Creek Trail and cross over to old Forest Service Road 690 and take this trail back downhill into Unicoi State Park and a fully stocked aid station 1.5 miles away. Bear Trap to Field Station to the Finish: You will now run downhill back towards the visitor center. Friends and family can park at the visitor’s center and see the runners come through. The trail leads around the lake and crosses back over GA-356 and down to the large open field that contains parking for the trout stream and mountain bike trails. This is the best location for crew to set up and cheer on runners as they come through. From here runners have a 4 mile push to the end but the running will continue on a downward slope. The trails are well maintained and parallel the lower part of Smith Creek. Enjoy a victory beer and soak your feet in the Chattahoochee River.

Date: April 29, 2017

Start Time: 9:30 am

Time Limit: 4.5 Hours

Location: Helen, GA

Half Marathon - Course Profile

AID STATIONS

Half Marathon Crew Instructions

 

All aid stations (except First Blood) will have water, sport drink (TBD), chips, cookies, fruit, jelly beans, etc.

          

       

Aid Station Name

Mile        

Distance Btwn Aid Stations

Crew Access

Notes

Start

0

      0  

Yes

 

Tennis Court                

 N/A       N/A

Yes

No aid station here, but a great cheering spot! Park at the Field aid station and walk towards Hwy 356 to where the trail crosses Unicoi Bottoms Road

Beach

3.95

     3.95

Yes

Beach area - very crew friendly - park in parking lot and walk down to the beach to see/cheer for your runner!

Bear Trap

4.95

     1

Yes

At the intersection of Smith Creek and FS 690 trails. - Park at the visitor center (in campground) and walk approx .3 miles to aid station. Or cheer for your runner from the visitor center!

First Blood

6.45

     1.5

No

Micro aid station - only water for those who REALLY need it. This is 1.5 miles in the woods. We have to manually hike any water/foot in and out!!

Bear Trap

7.7

     1.25

Yes

At the intersection of Smith Creek and FS 690 trails. - Park at the visitor center (in campground) and walk approx .3 miles to aid station. Or cheer for your runner from the visitor center!

Field

9.2

     1.5

Yes

Best crew aid station spot - lots of parking and room to spread out!

Finish

13.1

     3.9

Yes

Enjoy the finish fun!