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Helping Hearts

9/19/22, 12:00 PM

Historic Downtown Buford
395 E Main St
Buford, GA US 30518

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Race Information

Please join us on Saturday September 7th for the 7th Annual Helping Hearts 5K in honor and memory of Jeremy Nelson, a Buford Middle School student who passed away tragically on January 2013.  We'll be racing through historic downtown Buford which is mostly fast & flat with an 8 AM start time and awards to all our top finishers (check out the Awards and Goodies section for more info)! Register by Aug 30 to guarantee a great race shirt!

Proceeds from the race go to the Jeremy Nelson Foundation, which gives scholarships to Buford High School Students


Event Schedule

Aug 30 11:59 PM: Deadline for guaranteed race shirt


Sep 7: Race Day!

  • 7:00 AM - Registration & Check-in opens

  • 8:00 AM - Race start

  • 9:30 AM - Awards


Super Early Bird (through Jun 14)

  • 5K...$25

  • 5K No Swag...$20

  • Virtual 5K...$25


Early Bird (Jun 15 - Jul 14)

  • 5K...$27 

  • 5K - No Swag...$22

  • Virtual 5K...$27


Regular (Jul 15 - Sep 6)

  • 5K...$30

  • 5K - No Swag...$25

  • Virtual 5K (registration ends Sep 5)...$30


Race Day (Sep 7)

  • 5K...$35

  • 5K - No Swag...$30

Register by Aug 30 for a guaranteed race shirt in your size!

Help the foundation by becoming a fundraiser! We'll refund your registration fee when you raise $200.  Just use your fundraising page and collect pledges & donations.

Save money and race with friends! Take a look at our Teams and Fundraising info.

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If you don't see anything, that means this race is partner-less!

Course Information

Awards and Goodies

Awards in each of the following categories! These top finishers receive a medal displaying the race logo and date to commemorate the event.

  • Overall M/F

  • Overall Master's M/F

  • Top 3 in each 5 year age group (10 & Under through 75+) 

Race in style - register by Aug 30 to guarantee your race shirt! We'll also have a race day raffle with great prizes!

All registered participants qualify for FREE entry into one of  the 2019 Five Star Turkey Trots.

Top finishers qualify for the Five Star 5K Championships held to be held on January 5, 2020.

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Virtual Race

Can't make it out to the event site on race day?

Still want to participate or support the cause and have a shot at an award? or maybe you saw the shirt and said:  "Sweet...I want one!"


Then the virtual race is for you.


New to Virtual Running?  Here's how it works:


Step 1

  • Get excited, grab some friends and buddies to join you!  Sign up and register for the Virtual Event!


Step 2

  • Hydrate, grab your buddy (or not) and get ready to get moving!


Step 3

  • Get out there and run or walk! You can run at the park, your favorite route in your neighborhood; anywhere you want.   Please remember to social distance & be safe!


Step 4

  • HAVE FUN!~

  • Share your distance, a selfie, or a picture along your race route and use the race hashtag:-)


Step 5

  • Submit your results online


Step 6

  • View your Results Monday after the Event Date.

Submit your virtual time

Event Courtesy and Weather Policy

Our events are designed to be fun for the entire family. With that in mind; any
competitor, spectator, parent, volunteer, or sponsor, exhibiting unsportsmanlike conduct or interfering with the positive, competitive atmosphere of the event will be asked to leave the venue and course immediately with no refunds.

All registrations are final. There are no refunds, deferments, or transfers.


Event will take place rain or shine. In the event of extreme weather, we will cancel for the safety of the participants...there are no refunds in this case.


Participants that do not show up to race/event forfeit their right to any swag.


No COVID-19 Refunds.  If unforeseen circumstances arise due to COVID-19, including any Federal or State Health Emergency, refunds will not be provided. The event will go 100% Virtual & shirts will be shipped to participants.

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