Callaway Santa Claus Classic 10k (formerly Twilightlight 10k)

Saturday, December 3, 2016
Callaway Gardens Robin Lake Beach Callway Gardens Pine MountainGA  31822
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Callaway Gardens Robin Lake Beach Callway Gardens Pine MountainGA  31822

About This Activity

The course will be through the Callaway Gardens "FANTASY IN LIGHTS" beginning at 515pm.

The course will meander through all of the "Fantasy in Lights". The course is very easy and will be open to runners and walkers/strollers alike.

This run course travels through the Callaway Gardens lit “FANTASY IN LIGHTS” and includes marshmallow, chocolate, and candy cane miles. Stick around after the race for your picture with Santa! 

Male & female - 14-under - 15-19 in five year increments up to 70+

Top three in each age group

Participants recieve a santa hat, custom bib, and custom race t shirt

Event details and schedule

(844) 378-2528

The Mountain Creek Inn, Callaway Gardens (ask for the Fitness Series rate)
The Southern Pine Cottages @ Callaway Gardens
The Mountain Creek Villas @ Callaway Gardens

The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens

Saturday from 12-445M at Robin Lake Circus Tent

From Atlanta take I-85 south to I-185. Take I-185 to exit 42 (hwy 27). Go left on Hwy 27, 11 miles to Pine Mountain. In Pine Mountain go through 3 stop lights to Callaway Gardens beach entrance on your right. 1 mile past Callaway Gardens to the Mountain Creek Inn on your left.

ADMISSION TO CALLAWAY GARDENS FOR ATHLETES AND SPECTATORS:Athletes who register by deadline - receive complimentary Gardens admission. Athletes who register late - receive half-price Gardens admission of $9 (regular admission is $18)Spectators - receive half-price Gardens admission of $9, or $30 per vehicle (whichever is less)


$35.00 until 10/31/16. $45.00 thereafter.

Additional Date Information

5:15 pm




Good Evening Athletes!




Please take the time to read the athlete email as it will answer a lot of questions that you might have.  If you take anything away please note the 5:15pm start time, mandatory light requirement, and check in time.

We are in race week for the 2016 Callaway Gardens Santa Claus Classic 10k.  We hope you are getting excited!  We are looking forward to a great race and can't wait to welcome you to our venue.  To keep you updated on the race events you will find some important race information below. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at either tricolumbusga@gmail.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TriColumbusGA?ref=hl

Start Time:
We will be starting the race at 515pm. This is a small adjustment to our original start time of 530, however, due to the overwhelming response we want to make sure that the majority of our athletes can stay ahead of the first trolley. 

Unlike previous years, our start line will begin a short 1/4-1/2 walk from the parking area adjacent to Wren Lake.  This allows us to finish out of the path of the departing trolleys (who wants a trolley going through the finish line?) and to finish below the pavilion rather than in a dark parking lot. Please head that direction at an appropriate time. 

LIGHTS: There are a lot of moving parts to this race and your safety is priority.  Although we will be leaving ahead of the Callaway Garden Trolleys, they and cars may be on the course for the last few miles.  Their speed will be very slow, HOWEVER, it is IMPERATIVE that they are able to see you. It is MANDATORY for you to have some sort of light/glow stick/vest/flashlight/etc on that will make you visible to other runners and traffic.  We also suggest that you bring a flashlight with you for the last mile of the course as it will be fairly dark.  We will have the path lit for directional purposes. This is not optional.



Parking is located at any location in the Robin Beach parking area located. ARRIVE EARLY. Callaway Gardens is sold out for their trolley rides and will be expecting a large crowd. 

Hotel accommodations:
(844) 378-2528
The Callaway Gardens Mountain Creek Inn @ Callaway Gardens (ask for the Fitness Series rate) 

The Southern Pine Cottages @ Callaway Gardens 
The Mountain Creek Villas @ Callaway Gardens

Directions to Callaway Gardens: 
From Atlanta take I-85 south to I-185. Take I-185 to exit 42 (Hwy 27). Go left on Hwy 27, 11 miles to Pine Mountain. In Pine Mountain, go through 3 stop lights (1 mile) to Callaway Gardens beach entrance on your right. Go 1 mile past Callaway Gardens beach entrance to the Mountain Creek Inn on your left. 

Entrance into Callaway: Please provide your race confirmation at the gate for access into the Gardens.  

Packet Pick Up:

We will have TWO packet pick ups:

FRIDAY: December 2 from 4-6pm at Ride On Bikes in Columbus, GA.  The address is 1036 Broadway Ave Columbus, GA 31901

SATURDAY: December 3 from 12pm-445pm at the Pavilion located at Robin Lake Beach at Callaway Gardens.  Please, Please, Please arrive early as we are expecting over 700 runners and we would like to ensure that we are able to start the race on time.  The gates on HWY 27 will be open for easier access on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.  

All athletes MUST bring all of the following to Packet Pick Up:
1. Government issue valid photo ID
2. If you are transferring, please have a copy of your transfers ID for verification



Run Course: The run course map can be located at http://tricolumbusga.com/2016-callaway-gardens-santa-clause-classic-10k/

There will be 5-6 aid stations on the course which will contain water and Cerasport.  Each aid station is themed with either marshmallows, chocolate, candy canes, mistletoe, etc.  


Finish line:
The finish line and expo will be located on the beach path beneath the pavilion.  We will provide light nutritional options as well as a band for hot chocolate.  There will also be a number of food trucks with food for purchase. 


Awards: Each participant will receive a tshirt (we think they are pretty cool) and finisher Santa hat.  Awards will begin at approximately 645-7pm.  


Entertainment: Please see http://www.callawaygardens.com/events/signature-events/fantasy-in-lights for a list of events that are going on throughout the day. 

In the event of inclement weather…There are no “rain dates” for TriColumbusGA events. If the weather conditions are hazardous, Race Management has the right to change, eliminate parts of the course, or delay up to a point. However, if it is deemed to dangerous to race, the event will be canceled and there will be no refunds. Of course, since we are athletes ourselves, we will do everything in our power to have the event, but your safety is of our utmost concern.

We would like to thank all of our Sponsors as this event would not be possible without them. Callaway Gardens, Max Fitness, Ride On Bikes, the Outside World, Cerasport, Rudy Project, Road ID, Harris County, Harris County Police, Beres Chiropractic, Foot and Ankle of West Georgia, Team RWB, WRBL News, Multisport Athletics Coaching, Launch Trampoline Parks, Chattahoochee Triathlon Club, Below the Knee, Graham Legal Firm, Generation Nation, Solcioty Fitness, and Kim Mixon, Realtor.


These events don't happen with out our volunteers! 
If you would like to volunteer please contact tricolumbusgavolunteers@gmail.com with availability and Volunteer in the subject line. Or fill out the volunteer form here: https://tricolumbusga.wufoo.com/forms/zdcqv7p1cn11bz/

Our volunteers receive swag bags, tshirt, and race discounts!

Please follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tricolumbusga for updated information as it comes. If you have any questions or concerns please email tricolumbusga@gmail.com.

On behalf of Callaway Gardens, and TriColumbusGA congratulations on making it through the whole athlete letter and we welcome you to our great venue. We look forward to seeing you December 3!



Thank you,
Joanne Cogle


Race Director



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