Overall Rating
Overall Rating (6 Reviews)
4.8
(6 Ratings)  (6 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4
SCENERY
5
PRODUCTION
4.8
SWAG
4.7
Seasoned veterans and Trail Newbies alike, get ready for one of the most beautiful half marathons you’ve ever run! Reminiscent of a Bavarian alpine town, Helen, Georgia is the South’s quaint little gateway to the vast beauty of the North Georgia mountains. On this special race weekend, not only will … MORE
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Recent reviews

    barnara319 FIRST-TIMER '23

    Super fun, great crowd, great production. Despite the cold and rain, everyone was in high spirits. Will definitely be doing more races by this company again. MORE

    Super fun, great crowd, great production. Despite the cold and rain, everyone was in high spirits. Will definitely be doing more races by this company again.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    kmerskine REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This is a fun race, for me anyway. Helen is a little obnoxious and I wish the town were a little less filled with tourists like me. Traffic is bad … MORE

    This is a fun race, for me anyway. Helen is a little obnoxious and I wish the town were a little less filled with tourists like me. Traffic is bad and you always have to wait in line for a place to eat. But the race is held on the first weekend Helen has Christmas lights, so that’s to be expected.

    The race course is always different, and always enjoyable. The climb up to Anna Ruby Falls is brutal, but SO totally worth it. I don’t know how any runner can reach the top and not stop and take pictures of the falls. It really is just stunning. Part of the run is around a lake and ine year they had an electric guitarist – Metallica style – jamming solo on the sandy beach. Another year they had a bagpiper playing on the dock of the lack. You run right by them. This year there was no surprise on the lake. They also didn’t have the post-race beer, if that’s something you’ve enjoyed in the past.

    This is a fun race and it’s intended to be low competition and Sean wants everyone to enjoy themselves. It would be nice if there were more than one aid station but there are a couple of places where you pass state park bathrooms and you can pop into one of those and refill your water bottle in the sink, if needed.

    The weather for this race seems to always be bad. I think I’ve run this race five times now and the first year the weather was just damn cold. Maybe in the mid-20s at start, and finish. The other years it’s either been raining and a little warmer, or not raining but cold. This year it was in high 40s and misty, drizzly, but no rain.

    The course is always challenging, even though it changes every year. One thing that would be nice is if the course would go through a bit more of downtown Helen so the locals could get a sense of the race and encourage them to come out and support. Or not… it is a bit early. In previous years the course did skirt the side of Helen downtown, but this year it did not.

    In any case, Sean always puts on a great race here. I’ll be back again next year. That will be my sixth red beanie hat. I guess I need to start gifting these to family at this point!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3
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    kmerskine REPEAT RUNNER '20

    Sean "run bum's" races should be on your bucket list. This race is great. It's cold, but there is a great pre-race party the night before, and they offer a … MORE

    Sean “run bum’s” races should be on your bucket list. This race is great. It’s cold, but there is a great pre-race party the night before, and they offer a pint glass and free beer at the end of the race. The course seems to be modified a bit each year. One year it went by Angel Falls in the park, and other years you run by quiet wooded ponds. He seems to always have a surprise on the course as well. Once it was an electric heavy metal guitarist standing on the beach playing as you ran by on the sand. Another year it was a bagpiper playing on the dock of the pond. Always a great race, and Sean’s enthusiasm is part of what makes his races so great.

    For those purists who want their half marathon’s to be exactly 13.1 miles, this isn’t your race. Sean’s races almost always fall short of 13.1 by up to a mile. He’s pretty upfront about that, and unapologetic. And all the runners seem to enjoy the race anyway.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    ksamples12 REPEAT RUNNER '20

    This is a well organized event that is suitable for trail runners of all experience levels. They have great swag, a beautiful and challenging course, and a cute town near … MORE

    This is a well organized event that is suitable for trail runners of all experience levels. They have great swag, a beautiful and challenging course, and a cute town near by for celebratory lunch and beverages. We appreciated the way the directors and most of the other runners managed and abided by the Covid-19 restrictions so we could all enjoy an in-person event finally!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    kmerskine REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Sean "run bum's" races should be on your bucket list. This race is great. It's cold, but there is a great pre-race party the night before, and they offer a … MORE

    Sean “run bum’s” races should be on your bucket list. This race is great. It’s cold, but there is a great pre-race party the night before, and they offer a pint glass and free beer at the end of the race. The course seems to be modified a bit each year. One year it went by Angel Falls in the park, and other years you run by quiet wooded ponds. He seems to always have a surprise on the course as well. Once it was an electric heavy metal guitarist standing on the beach playing as you ran by on the sand. Another year it was a bagpiper playing on the dock of the pond. Always a great race, and Sean’s enthusiasm is part of what makes his races so great.

    For those purists who want their half marathon’s to be exactly 13.1 miles, this isn’t your race. Sean’s races almost always fall short of 13.1 by up to a mile. He’s pretty upfront about that, and unapologetic. And all the runners seem to enjoy the race anyway.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    kmerskine REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Sean "run bum's" races should be on your bucket list. This race is great. It's cold, but there is a great pre-race party the night before, and they offer a … MORE

    Sean “run bum’s” races should be on your bucket list. This race is great. It’s cold, but there is a great pre-race party the night before, and they offer a pint glass and free beer at the end of the race. The course seems to be modified a bit each year. One year it went by Angel Falls in the park, and other years you run by quiet wooded ponds. He seems to always have a surprise on the course as well. Once it was an electric heavy metal guitarist standing on the beach playing as you ran by on the sand. Another year it was a bagpiper playing on the dock of the pond. Always a great race, and Sean’s enthusiasm is part of what makes his races so great.

    For those purists who want their half marathon’s to be exactly 13.1 miles, this isn’t your race. Sean’s races almost always fall short of 13.1 by up to a mile. He’s pretty upfront about that, and unapologetic. And all the runners seem to enjoy the race anyway.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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