How the Athens Twilight 5K Works

Athens Twilight 5K Route

Perhaps you've spent time on foot in downtown Athens before -- window-shopping and popping in local caf├ęs. If you're participating in the Twilight 5K, you'll still be passing some of these same shops and restaurants, but this time at a much swifter pace. Rather than meandering down sidewalks, you'll be racing through city streets.

The race begins and ends on Washington Street in downtown Athens' historic district. The longest leg of the race is up Prince Avenue, but runners of the 5K will also circle through Nacoochee Avenue, Boulevard Street, Barber Street, Barrow Street, Pulaski Street, Hancock Avenue and North Jackson Street. The criterium, which also passes through Washington Street, has a much smaller course than the footrace.

When you begin the 5K, the terrain will be flat for the first 2 kilometers and when you close in on the finish. This leaves the more taxing part of the course, which contains a few rolling hills, in the middle of the race. Thus, the route provides for an easy start and a steady finish.

The 15 men and 15 women who master this route and win the 5K will go on to participate in the "$1000 Mile" race. This one-mile race takes place later that evening just before the cycling event on the criterium course, a few blocks south of the primary 5K route. The winners of this race win a $1,000 prize.

Whether you're racing or not, there are a lot of things to do during the Athens Twilight weekend that don't require tying up your sneakers and sweating it out on the street. Keep reading to learn about all that's involved with this special weekend.