Sunday, October 21, 2018 • Athens, GA • Course Map
Set for its 9th annual running this fall, the “AthHalf” Half Marathon takes runners on a tour of the campus of the University of Georgia, the home of the Georgia Bulldogs football team, as well as around the streets of this city nestled in the hills of northeastern Georgia.
Note: The 2018 race will feature a new course that returns to Sanford Stadium. It will be posted here when available.
Organized to show off this archetypal college town’s unique architecture, neighborhoods and the rolling green spaces of the university, in past years the race has started on Washington Street near City Hall.
This year, due to construction at Sanford Stadium — the Bulldogs’ home stadium — the course will feature a newly designed route that unfolds through downtown Athens, much of the university campus and through Athens’s famous Five Points area, where organizers say you’re likely to see plenty of spectators out cheering you on as they enjoy their morning coffee.
This year for the first time the race will also host a 5K on Saturday afternoon before the half marathon, with a one-hour time limit — the half marathon will feature a four-hour time limit.
The home stretch of the race is its real reward, especially for anyone in the field who’s a football fan — which will likely be many of them — as the final mile features a lap around the field inside Sanford Stadium, before runners cross the finish line next door in the parking lot of the Tate Student Center.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in the northeastern part of the state, just over 70 miles east of Atlanta, Athens typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in October, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 24°F (in 1952) and as high as 98°F (in 1954).
- Oct. 21 average low temp: 49ºF
- Oct. 21 average high temp: 71ºF
- 7:30 AM on Sun, Oct 22 – half marathon
- 2:30 PM on Sat, Oct. 21 – 5K
Course Time Limit
- $60 – $90 for the half marathon
- $30 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2018 running of the AthHalf Marathon, register online at RaceRoster.com here.
Official Race Website
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