AthFest Educates is a nonprofit organization that awards grants to schools, local nonprofits, and local government agencies that operate music and arts education programs for young people in grades K – 8. AthFest Educates produces the AthHalf Half Marathon and the AthFest Music & Arts Festival as fundraisers, and every dollar from these events go directly to AthFest Educates so it can continue to sustain and build the high-quality music and arts programs in our community. So, when you run, remember that a young person in our community is getting to play an instrument, dance, create a sculpture, or write a poem because of your help! Thank you.
There is a four-hour time limit for the half marathon course. All half marathon runners must be able to complete the course within four hours.
There is a one-hour time limit for the 5K course. All 5K runners must be able to complete the course within one hour.
Yes. We will have a sweeper dedicated to maintaining the four-hour time limit at the back of the race. As long as you are running in front of the sweeper, you are on track to complete the race within the time allotted. If the sweeper passes you, (s)he will notify you that the sweeper is passing you and you should now move to the sidewalk to safely complete the race. The course will be torn down as the sweeper passes that part of the course. We will not have a sweeper for the 5K course.
Please note that the sweeper’s goal is to stay behind the last runner. If the last runner is moving faster than the 18-minute mile pace, the sweeper will move faster. The sweeper will slow down as needed, but will not drop behind an 18-minute mile pace.
Unfortunately, for the safety of your pet and the other runners you may not run with pet in the half marathon or in the 5K.
Strollers are permitted on the 5K course.
Strollers are NOT permitted on the half marathon course.
There will be an ample amount of port-a-potties at the start/finish lines of the half marathon and scattered throughout the half marathon course. Port-o-potties will not be available on the 5K course. Restrooms for the start and finish of the 5K race can be found inside the Classic Center.
AthHalf Half Marathon race packets will be available for pick-up from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the Health and Fitness Expo at the Classic Center Pavilion on Sat., October 21, 2017.
AthHalf 5K race packets will be available for pick-up from 12:00 pm – 3:20 pm at the Health and Fitness Expo at the Classic Center Pavilion on Sat., October 21, 2017.
Yes. In order for someone other than you to pick-up your packet, they must show proof of your race confirmation, have a signed note from you authorizing him/her to pick-up your packet, and have a copy of your Driver’s License or photo ID. There are no exceptions. They must have this documentation to pick up your packet.
There will be a gear-check area for the half marathon runners where your sweat bags can be checked in and watched over by a volunteer. Please do not leave valuables in your sweat bags — we are not responsible for any lost items.
There will not be a gear-check area for the 5K race.
The AthHalf 2017 course has been officially measured, but it is not USATF certified. Due to construction, the regular AthHalf course is not an option for 2017, but we have created a new course for this year that includes all the gorgeous Athens neighborhoods and landmarks. Because the 2017 course will likely only be used for one year, we have decided not to invest the considerable amount of time and money required to have a course USATF certified. We fully expect that we will return to the regular USATF-certified course in 2018.
We encourage both family and friends to meet you at the finish line of the AthHalf to help you celebrate your accomplishment. Please note that while family members and friends can join you in the runner hospitality area, they will not be permitted to have any of the food or beverages set-up for the runners.
The AthHalf Half Marathon and 5K will be held rain or shine. In the event of extreme weather where local authorities are recommending that we cancel, delay, or modify the course, we may do so for the safety of the runners and the race volunteers. Please note that the race registration fee is nonrefundable even if the race is modified or cancelled. For any further questions, please contact the race director at: firstname.lastname@example.org