Runners and walkers looking to save money and increase the good they do for area communities are invited to register for the 2020 Firefly Trail Race Series, which brings together registration for four local races in support of the Firefly Trail.
The inaugural race series is presented by Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty and managed by Classic Race Services. It will provide competitive and recreational running and walking opportunities in towns formerly linked by the historic Athens Branch of the Georgia Railroad. This 39-mile transportation corridor is being converted into a non-motorized rail-trail between Athens and Union Point. A safe, off-road path for walking, running, biking, skating and other non-motorized uses, the Firefly Trail will connect three counties and eight communities, offer health benefits, boost economies and bring people together.
The Firefly Trail Race Series features these events in 2020:
- Winterville Snowflake 10K, Jan. 25, 9 a.m., a Peachtree qualifier, starting at 101 South Marigold Lane
- Maxeys Model Mile 5K, May 2, 7:30 a.m., starting on Laurel Lane off Ga. 77
- Crawford Restoration Run 5K, Sept. 7, 7:30 a.m., starting at the Crawford Depot on US 78
- Union Point Junction Jamboree Jog 5K, Sept. 26, 8:30 a.m., starting at 206 Veazey St.
"This inaugural race series will highlight the strong connections between Firefly Trail and the cities along its 39-mile corridor," said John Kissane, Trail Development Coordinator and an avid runner. "In addition, the series will highlight the potential Firefly Trail holds for attracting a variety of fun recreational activities to the area."
"The four races that compose the 2020 series are established events," noted Anne Garner, Firefly Trail Inc., Board member and lead organizer of the Maxeys Model Mile 5K. "But each subsequent year, as Firefly Trail progresses toward completion, we envision the race series expanding and improving. And each race in the series welcomes competitive runners as well as fitness joggers and recreational walkers of all ages."
Registration is open through Jan. 20, 2020, at $64 per runner/walker, a price that works out to just $16 per race. Registration includes all awards, services and incentives offered by each race, including t-shirts. In addition, Classic Race Services will award points for the Black Bag Race Series, and the Firefly Trail Race Series awards will be presented on Sept. 26 after the Union Junction Jamboree 5K.
Click here to download the registration form. One form can be used for up to four participants. Please note that payment by check is required, made payable to Firefly Trail Inc. The form and check must be mailed to Classic Race Services, 1860 Barnett Shoals Road, Suite 103-498, Athens, GA 30605, on or before Jan. 20, 2020.
The ACC Leisure Services Department will host public information open houses on Tuesday October 22 and Thursday October 24 regarding proposed plans for the extension of the Firefly Trail from Hancock Road to Moores Grove Road. This connection travels along Spring Valley Road and will tie into the Firefly Trail section under construction in Winterville.
Leisure Services Department staff will provide information regarding plans for the Firefly Trail at this drop-in informational open house. The proposed route will be available for viewing. Staff will discuss the project progress to date and future steps in the process.
The open house will take place 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Athens Clarke County Streets & Drainage Division Training Room, located at 605 Spring Valley Road.
Please visit the Leisure Services Department’s Park Planning website at www.accgov.com/parkplanning for the latest information regarding this project or call 706-613-3801.
Online comments received from October 22nd until November 17th: www.accgov.com/leisureserviceslistens
Public Information Meetings: Firefly Trail Phase III Facebook Event
Lee Morgan, president of the Oconee County Cycling Organization, presented Firefly Trail Inc. with a check for $1000 to support the Firefly Trail and raise awareness of bicycling and bicycle safety throughout our region. The funds came from the 2019 Tour d'Oconee, a mass participation bicycling event held May 11 in Oconee County. Thank you Lee and Oconee County Cycling Organization!
Thanks to your support over the past few years we are thrilled to report that pavement is on the ground in Maxeys! Our March 28, 2020 Ticket to Ride event will be really special with a beautiful off-road entrance into Maxeys.
The proposed design for the Firefly Bridge Over Trail Creek has been revealed! It will bridge the 500-foot gap in the existing trail over Trail Creek at the old Trail Creek/"Murmur" trestle. The recommendation grows out of tremendous public input and detailed discussions involving multiple Athens-Clarke County departments and the Mayor and Commission. The plan is a hybrid design incorporating an exact replacement of the existing trestle with sweeping steel arches supporting new construction on each end. Check it out here https://www.accgov.com/8735/Firefly-Bridge-Over-Trail-Creek or go to Thursday's (9/18/19) open house at 6 PM at the Planning Department auditorium on Dougherty Street.
Runners and walkers: Here's a great way to support the Firefly Trail in Union Point -- the Union Point Junction Jamboree 5K on Saturday, Sept. 28. Union Point is closing in on the amount they need to raise in matching funds. Your support makes a difference!
Great turnout for the East Campus Bridge dedication on September 5th. The Hodgson Wind Ensemble brass section played a piece composed by UGA student Cameron Gwynn specifically for the occasion. Prior to the ribbon cutting, Mayor Kelly Girtz spoke about the importance of connecting our community through multi-use trails. This new bridge provides an important new connection from the Greenway and Firefly trails to the UGA Campus, 5 points, and beyond. Thank you to ACC Leisure Services, the ACC Mayor and Commission, UGA, and everyone involved in this project!
Join us on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, for the Bike and Pedestrian Safety Day hosted by Auxiliary Services at the South Plaza near the Miller Learning Center from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This event will demonstrate safe practices and provide information about walking and biking around Athens. Event highlights include safety demos, free on-site bike maintenance, and giveaways throughout the event.
We need a few volunteers to help hand out brochures and sell t-shirts. If you have an hour or so to spare to help spread the word about the Firefly Trail, please signup here to volunteer:
firefly in the news
4/2020 Firefly Trail Buzzes with Activity this Spring (Page 9 of the Winterville Gazzette)
8/7/2019 The Firefly Trail Takes Wing
5/16/2019 How the Firefly Trail aims to connect communities throughout rural Georgia
2/2019 Firefly Trail is a dream come true!
4/19/17 Trail Progress Update
10/25/17 Trail Opening
3/20/19 Firefly Trail Ticket to Ride
6/30/18 Best Things with Kids in Athens
4/27/18 Firefly Discussed
11/7/17 Voters Green-Light TSPLOST
10/25/17 Trail Opening
4/14/17 GA Rep. Announces Grant
3/25/17 Ticket to Ride Recap
3/16/17 Firefly Overview and Update
2/4/17 Firefly Economic Development
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