Saturday, Nov 29, 2014
Registration closes: Wed, Nov 26 @ 12:00AM

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Helen Holiday Trail Half Marathon Teaser from Nelson Aerials on Vimeo.


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$50 until Oct 1st then $65 there after!

When: Saturday November 29th, 2014, Start time is 10:00 am sharp!

Unicoi State Park. Helen, Georgia.
 At the big field on Unicoi Bottoms Road. We will
send out exact directions for parking before the race.

13.1 miles of trail running fun. This is 90% trail 10%
road. Flat to rolling hills. Some or all of the following trails will be
used. Lake Loop, Helen Trail, Bottoms Loop, and the Mountain Biking
Trail. The goal of this race is to make it as fun as possible not as hard as possible (that's what the Georgia Death Race is for). This should be an EASY and FUN transition from road to trail.

Aid stations: there will be 2 aid stations for the
entire course. So make sure you run with a bottle and a extra gel if you
think you might be a while between aid stations. Aid stations will
contain water, gatorade, coke and bananas. If you want anything else
please bring it. Don't forget to bring your own bottle/cup for the aid stations, as this is a GREEN RACE!

Other miscellaneous info:

  • All cars are required to pay the park-instituted $5/vehicle daily parking fee. This is NOT included, but you can easily pay the day of the race, upon entering the park.
  • All
    laws of the park must be followed at all time. 
  • No littering. 
  • This is a
    GREEN RACE so we will not have any bottles you will be responsible for
    your own cups. 

Shirts: All entrants receive a shirt if you come to pick up your number. To receive a shirt you MUST sign up by October 31st!

  • Top 3 male and female overall will receive special prizes!
  • All finishers will get a unique finishers award

We recommend you stay at the Unicoi Lodge, as it is literally within walking distance of the start finish. Unicoi Lodge would like to offer to everyone involved with
the race, runners, race officials, etc.. on Nov 30th, a special discount to stay at the lodge.
Below is information on what they offer and how to go about getting this special applied.... read on..
The Run Bum Promo code for online reservations is RUNBUM. It is
for $89 in the lodge that includes breakfast- this is for double occupancy. Remember that this does not include tax or a $5 parking

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

However there are a number of accommodations throughout Helen.  Just be sure to book early, as Helen is a fairly small town, and hotels tend to fill fast! 


Race History

Race Director Sean "Run Bum" Blanton has a vision: Design fun and beautiful courses to run on and people will come. 

"In Atlanta and throughout the south, I see race directors putting on events within proximity of big cities. This is to draw big numbers's and make money. HOWEVER, I want to put on the most visually pleasing races; I want people to get out and away from the city. I want them to see what I have seen. Helen is a great place. You have the Appalachian Trail that is not even 5 miles from town. You have a great city and a great get away only 90 minutes from Atlanta. We have coordinated this race to happen with the start of the holiday lights in Helen that Friday night. Bring the family out take the kids around this Bavarian alpine-style town and run the Helen Holiday Half Marathon the next day. Then stay for a good meal and some good beer. Sunday relax and maybe go for a hike with the family in Unicoi or along the Appalachian Trail. Its just a great place to be! Fast runners, slow runners, young runners, and old runners alike will all enjoy this course! I hope this race is the inspiration for some people to start running. A huge thanks goes out to Hunter Kipps, Erin Hannen, Jason Green, Unicoi State Park and the City of Helen for making this happen. DO EPIC SH*T!" 

As you can tell Sean is excited, as are we. We hope to see all of you guys November 30th!
Please email with any questions.

Be sure to follow "Run Bum" on Facebook to find out any discounts, updates and other running shenanigans

There is NO LITTERING! If you are caught littering you will be DQ'd and BANNED FROM ALL FUTURE RUN BUM TOURS RACES!

No cutting the course

You must respect all laws before, during and after the race.

You must be nice to the volunteers

You have to have fun if you dont then please don't come to the after party and be a poopy pants!

Everything else is race director's discretion


If you have any questions or comments, please ask me before thanksgiving. I will be out of internet service This coming Wednesday - Sunday for the race.

Thank you

Sean Run Bum Blanton

Race Director of the Helen Holiday Trail Half Marathon

Local time: 7:41 AM


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Sean Blanton
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