Whether you're an athlete, a spectator or someone who thinks pub-crawling is a sport, there's plenty for you to do during the action-packed Twilight weekend in Athens.
The main event, of course, is the Athens Twilight criterium, which occurs at night and recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. Other cycling events that weekend include the Terrapin Wake 'N Bike, a 50K- or 100K-ride that ends with a tour of the Terrapin Brewery in Athens and is often combined with the Twilight 5K run to create the Twiathlon; a hand cycling event that, when it first began, was the first hand cycling criterium in the country; and a BMX Jam, which includes a freestyle ramp competition.
There is also a bike race for kids ages 5 to 14, called the St. Mary's Twilight Kids Criterium. It is divided up into age categories. For children under age 5, there are Big Wheel and tricycle races. Another family-friendly feature is the Twilight Kids Zone, which offers face painting, music, rides, a moonwalk and more.
A decidedly less-athletic event hosted in connection with Twilight weekend is the Jazz Festival. The weekend concert series, which is co-run by the University of Georgia, features musical acts from the community and area schools. Another more casual activity is the Expo Area, where you can browse booths set up by Athens-area businesses. And speaking of Athens businesses, the Twilight Weekend will give you a great excuse to spend some time discovering -- or rediscovering -- the charming college town. Athens is filled with history, beautiful architecture, art galleries, unique shops, fine dining and quirky holes in the wall, so when you're not taking in a cycling event or participating in a run, stay downtown and explore all the city has to offer.
There's still much more to know about the Twilight Weekend and 5K. Keep reading to find out.