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Helen Holiday Trail Half-Marathon and 10K

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12.9 Miles 20.7 Kilometers

 

93% 

Runnable

90%

Singletrack

1,609' 490 m

Ascent

-1,602' -488 m

Descent

1,796' 547 m

High

1,416' 432 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

Unknown

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Seasoned veterans and trail newbies, get ready for one of the most beautiful trail half-marathons you'll ever run!

Victor Mariano

Overview

The town of Helen, Georgia, is the South's quaint little gateway to the vast beauty of the North Georgia mountains and is reminiscent of a Bavarian alpine town. On this special race weekend, you'll 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 night before and after the race to enjoy the first weekend of the Helen holiday light display. This race is one epically beautiful way to kick off your holiday running season!
Features: Lake — River/Creek — Views
Dogs: No Dogs

Need to Know

The 10K and half-marathon start at the same time. The 10K runs the first 5 miles of the half-marathon course and then splits off back to the finish. 

Runner Notes

There is one aid station with fluids around mile seven.

Description

The run will be 90% on scenic singletrack 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 technically challenging, and is a great first race for trail newbies!

  • Miles 1-4: Flat non-technical terrain.
  • Mile 4-5: Rolling terrain and the most technical section of the course, which involves mostly just navigating tree roots.
  • Mile 5-6: This section has 250 feet of elevation gain on a gradual climb with switchbacks (the longest climb of the course).
  • Mile 6-7: A LONG, fast descent!
  • Miles 7-9: This section is flat road in the town of Helen. From there, it is a gentle climb followed by a fast descent to the creek crossing. YES, YOU WILL HAVE A CREEK CROSSING! It is about calf deep, so you WILL get your feet wet!
  • Mile 9 to the finish: Rolling hills with some short steep climbs, (30-60 seconds) of climbing or hiking, then flat or downhill. The last 0.5 miles is flat and downhill.

Flora & Fauna

This is a winter race, so all the leaves will likely be off the trees.

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