THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
COVID-19 Update: 2020 Race Cancelled
Over the past week, COVID-19 has continued to spread and poses serious health risks for our communities. Earlier this week, the CDC and the white house issued revised guidance. Per the latest guidance, we are cancelling Helenback Race Series for 2020.
Running, in isolation, is one of the activities that seems to be safe/okay during this pandemic. I encourage you to keep running. Meditate, pray, and ponder about what our communities most need right now. Please follow the CDC and WHO guidance on how to best fight the spread of Coronavirus.
We look forward to the 2021 Helenback Race Series (date TBD sometime in April 2021).
We will be offering refunds or deferrals for your 2020 race entry fee. If you want to defer your entry into next year's race, you do not have to do anything. If you want to defer, we will automatically register you for the 2021 event and sent out details as the race approaches. If you prefer to be refunded, we ask that you fill out the form below by April 1, 2020.
Refund form below:
Once we have the breakdown of who wants a refund vs deferral, we will begin processing everything accordingly. Please give us some grace/leeway as it may take a week or two to process everything. Ultrasignup is not normally refunding tons of entry fees and so we are anticipating a longer than normal time to process these refunds.
We are sad to cancel the 2020 Helenback Race Series, but we know that it is the best thing to do for the health and safety of everyone. For other races that you may be able to run later this year, check out all the other GUTS races at www.getguts.com
Runners can pickup their packet either Friday night or on race day. Packet pickup will be available from 5 pm - 8 pm at the start/finish area on Friday night. Race day packet pickup will be available starting at 6:15 am on race day (Saturday)- this will also be at the start/finish area.
PARKING & DIRECTIONS:
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 St, Helen, GA 30545, so if you put that into your GPS you will get to 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 .25 mile walk from the overflow parking to the start/finish field).
7:00 am Start
7 hour time limit
Half Marathon: 9:00 am Start
4.5 hour time limit
5k: 10:30 am Start
All races start and finish on the field adjoining the Chattahoochee River. See the Race Details section for directions to the start and parking info.
ALL RACES HAVE A MANDATORY PRE RACE MEETING 20 MINUTES BEFORE THE START. THE MEETING WILL GO OVER THE COURSE AND MAKE SURE YOU DONT' GET LOST.
Our preferred lodging partner is Unicoi State Park. The have numerous lodging options available (rooms at the lodge, cabins, and campsites) and the park is only minutes from the start and finish of the race.
Unicoi State Park has offered Helenback Race Series participants a special promotional rate to stay at the park. Use rate code "09288" when you call or book online for the race weekend. Using the "09288" code will get Helenback runners the following rates on their rooms:
Lodge: $99 (plus taxes and fees)
2 Room Cabin: $149 (plus taxes and fees)
3 Room Cabin: $189 (plus taxes and fees)
We appreciate your support of Unicoi State Park. Without the park's help, the race would not be possible. Book now!
PS Even if you book a campsite, please use the rate code above. While it does not give you a discount, it allows Unicoi to track how many runners use their facilities. We WANT the race to be worthwhile/profitable for Unicoi as they allow us access to these great trails!
Go to www.helenbackraceseries.com to view course descriptions, elevation profiles, and maps.
There will be several aid stations for the Marathon & Half Marathon. Runners should expect to get aid every 4-6 miles. If you need water/food at a greater frequency than the aid stations, you should bring your own water bottle/hydration pack and food. Go to www.helenbackraceseries.com for full details.
Local time: 5:51 AM