Jeremy Nelson Helping Hearts 5K

Sat September 7, 2019 Buford, GA US 30518 Directions
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

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

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, most of which is flat & fast.  The Race starts at 8:00 am.  We'll have great race shirts and Custom awards (medals) to the overall M/F, Overall Masters M/F, and the Top 3 in all the usual 5 year age groups (10 & Under - 75+).

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

Entry Fee & Registration

Super Early Bird: through 6/14

5K...$25 (includes guaranteed race shirt in your size if you register by 8/30)

5K - No Swag...$20  (same great event, no shirt)
Virtual 5K...$25

Early Bird: 6/15-7/14

5K...$27 (includes guaranteed race shirt in your size if you register by 8/30)

5K - No Swag...$22 (same great event, no shirt)
Virtual 5K...$27

Regular Registration: 7/15 - 9/6
5K...$30 (includes guaranteed race shirt in your size if you register by 8/30)
5K - No Swag...$25 (same great event, no shirt)

Virtual 5K:  7/15 - 9/5...$30

Race Day Registration:


5K - No Swag...$30

We're working hard getting sponsors and raising money.  If you can help us by becoming one of our Fundraisers, we'll refund your registration fee when you raise $200.  Just use your fundraising page and collect pledges & donations. 

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 / Phantom Runner Option

Can't make it out to the event site on race day? Still want to participate and have a shot at an award? or maybe you saw the shirt and said:  "Sweet...I want one!"

Or maybe you just want to support the Cause!

Then the virtual race is for you.

Here's how it works:
1. Register for the Virtual division & Start Training
2. The day before the race you'll receive instructions & a link to submit your race time
3. Submit your race time by end of race day
4. Monday after the race, results (Virtual division) will be posted online
5. Monday after the race, you'll receive an email with a link to the results & any pictures.
6. Monday after the race we'll package up all the T-shirts & medals and put them in the mail.


Click Here To Submit Your Virtual Time


Overall M/F

Overall Master M/F

Overall Grand Master

Overall Senior Master

Top 3 in all the usual 5 year age groups 10 & Under - 75+

Groups & Teams

Yes, you can bring your friends, so grab people you know (or don't know).  Share your morning and have a great time!

Five Star Turkey Trot & Five Star Championships

Free Entry into the Turkey Trot or Early Bird Races
All participants will be eligible for free entry into one of the 2019 Five Star Turkey Trots ...check out the website for more details:  

Five Star 5K Championships
Top finishers will earn a spot in the Five Star 5K championships to be held on January 5, 2020.  Check out the web page.

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 transfers, deferments, or refunds.

Event Schedule

August 30   11:59 PM - Last day to register for guaranteed shirt in your size
September 7   7:00 AM - Race day check in
September 7   8:00 AM - Race Start


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