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Please join us on Saturday September 9th for the 5th annual Helping Hearts 5K in honor and memory of Jeremy Nelson, a Buford Middle School student who passed away tragically in January 2013. 

We'll be racing through historic downtown buford, most of which is flat & fast.  The race starts at 8:00 am.  Great race shirts and Custom awards (medals) to the overall M/F, Overall Master's M/F, and the top 3 in all the usual 5 year age groups (10 & Under - 75+).

Registration fees

5K Closed

Put your feet on the ground and join us at the event.

    1. $27.00
      Jun 19 - Aug 31
    2. $30.00
      Sep 1 - Sep 9

Virtual 5K Closed

Run on your schedule and where you want...or...don't run, and just get a shirt

    1. $27.00
      Jun 19 - Aug 31
    2. $30.00
      Sep 1 - Sep 9

Fundraising 5K Closed

Free entry when you raise $200 online through pledges.

Check out the video

Entry Fee & Registration

  • Individual entry is $27 through Aug. 31, $30 afterwards.  All particpants registered by 9/3 are guaranteed a great race shirt in their size (registrations afterwards will receive a shirt while supplies last). 

  • Race day registrations are welcome for $5 more (shirts will be available while supplies last).

Event Beneficiary

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

Virtual (or Phantom) runners too

Want to get involved, but can't make it to the race...or maybe you have abolutely NO DESIRE to run/walk a 5K?  The Virtual (Phantom) Runner spot is for you!  You get a shirt, you get a bib, but there's no sweating; just schedule a time to pickup your shirt at a participating location or on raceday.

Still want to participate and have a shot at an award?

 Then the virtual race is for you.



Here's how it works:

1. Register for the Virtual division & Start Training

2. The week of the event you'll receive your bib via email

3. The day before the race you'll receive instructions & a link to submit your race time

4. Submit your race time by end of race day

5. The day after the race results (Virtual Runner division) will be posted online

6. Monday after the race you'll receive an email with a link to the results & any pictures.

7. Monday after the race we'll package up all the T-shirts & medals and put them in the mail.


What's better than squirting your kids...Bringing all your buddies so they can squirt their kids too.

So grab the people you know (or don't know).  Share your morning with other like minded folks and score a great discount


5+...10% off

11+…15% off

21+…20% off

51+…25% off

100+…30% off


Need more info on how to get your group involved...check out the website  OR email our group coordinator

Family 4 pack

Register a family of 4 for just $79 total.

All you need to do is register everyone at the same time, and create a team.  The discount will be applied at checkout.


We'll have custom award medals to the:

  • Overall M/F
  • Overall Masters M/F (40+ yrs)
  • Overall Grand Master M/F (50+ yrs)
  • Overall Sr. Master M/F (60+ yrs)
  • Top 3 finishers in all the normal 5yr age groups starting at 10 & under through 75+.


All participants registered by 9/4 are guaranteed a race shirt in their size (women's sizes too). Registrations after that will receive a shirt while supplies last.

Finish Line & Post Race Refreshments

We'll have music & great finish line refreshments so you'll be able to celebrate your finish in style.

Event Cap

The event is capped at 1500 participants.

Five Star 5K Championships & Turkey Trot




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Event Courtesy & Refund Policy

Our events are designed to be fun and 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...We're sorry, but there are no refunds, transfers, or deferments.

Event Schedule

  • September 1 12:00 AM EDT - Entry Fee goes up to $30

  • September 3 11:59 PM EDT - Last day to register for guaranteed shirt in your size

  • September 9 7:00 AM EDT - Race day check in

  • September 9 8:00 AM EDT - Race Start

Contact Information

Event Location

395 E Main St, Buford, GA 30518, United States

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