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SweetH2O Sweetheart Half Marathon

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Distance Half marathon

About SweetH2O Sweetheart Half Marathon

Filled with hills, dirt, rocks, sticks and densely wooded trails through the forest of this roughly 2,000-acre state park that lies just a half-hour’s drive from downtown Atlanta, the SweetH2O Sweetheart Half Marathon makes its annual running this year along the trails of Georgia’s Sweetwater Creek State Park.

This race course offers 13.1 miles of winding moderately difficult trails in and around the Sweetwater Creek State Park, following the lovely rapids of Sweetwater Creek, and venturing past Civil War-era textile mill ruins. These trails vary from sandy and flat to hilly and technical. You will pass over a couple of small creeks throughout the run. The conditions for the race can be unpredictable; one year we ran in six inches of snow, while during another we ran through the set of a major motion picture filming at the park (Killing Season with Robert De Niro and John Travolta).

Organized by the locally based running group Douglas County Rogue Runners, the race — which usually sees between 60 and 100 or so runners cross the finish line each year — is one of two trail running races that take place in the park in the first half of the year, the other being the SweetH20 50K trail race that runs in April.


SweetH2O Sweetheart Half Marathon

  • 21.097km


Aid Stations

The distance between aid stations will vary between 2-4 miles, so plan accordingly. All aid stations will provide water, and some will provide sports drink and snacks. However, this race is a trail race, so we're not able to have aid stations every two miles. Participants are strongly encouraged to carry a handheld water bottle with them, which aid station volunteers will happily refill (why not cut down the waste of cups?). Also, if you have trash, please do not drop it on the trail. Trash in, trash out is the motto of trail running. If you can't carry it on you, please deposit any trash at an aid station, but PLEASE do not litter on the trails!

Award Medals

Awards will go to Women/Men: Top 3 overall, 1st place Masters.

Maximum Time

There will be a 4 hour time limit for this race. Due to the terrain, this is not a course that can be hiked in the allotted time. Formal course support will end at 1:00 p.m.


Group Centre, Sweetwater Creek State Park

Sweetwater Creek State Park,us




For runners, the race offers what organizers describe as moderately difficult trails as well as plenty of scenery, from the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Manufacturing Company textile mill to the rushing rapids of Sweetwater Creek, which runners will make their way along in both the early and later miles of the race.


The course for the half marathon follows an out-and-back route that starts and finishes at the Group Shelter inside the park, and then out onto the trails that run alongside the creek.

Runners also can expect to cross small creeks on the trails through the woods, as well as some tough ascents and descents up and down the hills. Conditions for the race are unpredictable, the organizers say on their website, adding: “One year we ran in six inches of snow, while during another we ran through the set of a major motion picture filming at the park.”

Because the race takes place inside a state park, and because runners will need to bring along energy gels and water bottles, the organizers ask entrants to be mindful of their trash and “leave no trace,” to bring out everything that they bring into the park.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.