communities still have time to sign up for the Firefly Trail Race Series, but not much: Registration closes with the end of the virtual Winterville Snowflake 10K on Jan. 30. The series is professionally managed by Classic Race Services and presented by Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty, Liz & Tony DeMarco Family, Lord & Stevens Funeral Home, Fleet Feet Athens, and Greensboro Tire. It will provide competitive and recreational running and walking opportunities in towns formerly linked by the 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 2021:
- Winterville Snowflake 10K, Jan. 23-30, being held virtually due to the ongoing pandemic
- Maxeys Model Mile 5K, in-person with virtual option scheduled for May 15 in downtown Maxeys
- Crawford Restoration Run 5K, in-person with virtual option, Sept. 6, at the Crawford Depot (U.S. 78)
- Union Point Junction Jamboree Jog 5K, in-person with virtual option, Sept. 25, at 206 Veazey Street
Series registration costs $70 per runner/walker, a price that works out to just $17.50 per race. Registration includes all awards, services and incentives offered by each race, including t-shirts. In addition, Classic Race Services will present awards specifically for Firefly Trail Race Series participants after the Union Point Junction Jamboree, and participants also earn points for the Black Bag Race Series.
Registration is available online at http://tiny.cc/FFTrailRaceSeriesACTIVE while mail-in registration forms are at http://tiny.cc/21FFTrailRaceSeriesReg. Contact Anne Garner (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Carole Black (email@example.com) with any questions.
Mail-in registrations must be received by Jan. 20 in order to have time for processing before the Snowflake 10K. Each Firefly Trail Race Series registrant is automatically entered in all four races and will receive a confirmation email from Classic Race Services as the date of each race approaches. All registrants who take part in at least three of the four races will receive a special participation award! Race Series t-shirts will be available for pickup at the second race (Maxeys Model Mile 5K) and the two subsequent events.
"The four races that compose the 2021 series are established events," noted Anne Garner, race series co-founder and lead organizer of the Maxeys Model Mile 5K. "As the 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."