Registration and Bib/Packet Pick Up
Friday, April 28, 5 – 8 p.m. at the Start/Finish area (directions below)
Saturday, April 29- Starting at 6:15 a.m. Please note you should arrive AT LEAST 30-45 minutes before your race.
**We have about 10 spots left to pre-register for the marathon and half-marathon. Pre-registration for the 5K is now closed. Runners can register on race day, but are not guaranteed a T-shirt or finisher’s pint glass.
MANDATORY Pre-Race Meeting at Start/Finish Area
Marathon: 6:40 am
Half Marathon: 9:10 am
5K: 10:10 am
To ensure everyone has a great race day experience, we require everyone to attend the pre-race meeting at the Start/Finish area so that we can go over the course and answer any questions you have.
Pre-Race Meeting: 6:40 a.m, at the start/finish
Start Time: 7 a.m.
Anna Ruby Cut-off Time: 8:30 a.m.*
Course Cut-off Time: 2 p.m.
*Anna Ruby Falls is National Forest Service land that is managed by the Cradle of Forestry. They require that all runners be out of the Anna Ruby Falls area by 9 am (this is when the area becomes open to the public). As such, all runners will need to leave the Roadkill Aid Station by 8:30 am!! To meet the cutoff, you need to run the first 6 miles in under 2 hours – this should not be a problem if you are running the marathon.
Pre Race Meeting- 9:10 a.m.
Start Time- 9:30 a.m.
Course Cutoff Time: 2 p.m.
Pre Race Meeting 10:10 a.m.
Start Time: 10:30 a.m.
Course Cutoff Time 1 p.m.
After you’ve battled the trails, you can look forward to soaking your feet in the Chattahoochee, enjoying ga Helenboch beer (brewed by Max Lager’s), and listen to bluegrass music! Runners will have a beer ticket (s) on their bibs—martathoners and half marathoners receive two tickets, 5K runners get one ticket). A bluegrass band will be performing live from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Bring a chair! You’ll want to hang out in the field after the race.
Parking & Directions for the Start/Finish Area
Enter Helen on Hwy 17/75/Main Street. You will turn on Brucken Strasse. There is a Circle K gas station at the corner. The address of the Circle K gas station is 7934 S. Main Street, Helen, Georgia 30545. So, if you put that address into your GPS, you will arrive at the intersection of Brucken Strasse and Hwy 17/75/Main Street.
Once at this intersection, drive down Brucken Strasse about 300 meters. You will cross the Chattahoochee River. Immediately after the bridge, there is a private drive on your left. Turn left into the private drive. There will be a Helenback sign to direct you.
At the fork, keep left to continue along the river. Drive about 200 meters to get to the Start/Finish field and the parking area. We will have parking for about 150 cars. When the Start/Finish field is full, cars will need to park across the river at the outlet mall. We will have signs/parking attendants directing you.
If you park across the river, simply walk back to Brucken Strasse, cross the bridge over the river, and walk down the path to the Start/Finish field. It’s about a quarter mile walk from the overflow parking to the Start/Finish field.