The 25th annual Unity Run set for Sept. 25 with a Tiger Flight Foundation Fly Over

The 25th annual Unity Run holds the title as longest continually occurring run/walk event in Gordon County. It is hard to believe that the Unity Run has lasted so long and has grown in popularity over the years.

This year, a record number of sponsors have stepped up to support the United Run. Sixty sponsors are supporting the Unity Run, the official kick-off for the United Way of Gordon County Fundraising Campaign. Unity Run signs are placed at all the businesses that sponsor the Unity Run. They will also be on the Unity Run route on Sept. 25.

Because this is the 25th year, organizers wanted to do something special.

Tiger Flight Foundation will be providing a Fly Over at the start of the run at Gordon Central High School. These single-wing propeller planes look like tigers as the fly over the start. Visit the following link for Tiger Flight Foundation and read about the organization and see pictures of the planes:

For those who are not running but want to see the fly over, be sure to be in place at Gordon Central before 6:15 p.m. Warrior Path will be closed, so use the Columbus Circle entrance on the east side of Arby’s on Red Bud Road or the Ashworth Middle School entrance off Newtown Road.

The Unity Run continues to grow and plans are in place for another record year. Always looking for ways to improve the run, Carpet Capital Running Club will be using new timing equipment which will allow each runner to register his/her own time based on when the runner crosses the start and finish lines.

Once again this year, all local middle and high school cross country teams will be participating thanks to the support of AGC Pediatrics and their contributions. The cross country teams have some very competitive runners making the event even more challenging.

AGC Pediatrics also continues to sponsor the AGC Pediatrics 1-K Kid’s Run that starts at 5 p.m. at Gordon Central High School and finishes on Gordon Central’s Ratner Stadium track. Students in pre-school through 5th grades may participate (ages 3-11). Awards for each age division for male and female will be given. A special award from Chick-fil-A will be given to the overall male and female winners.

The 5-K starts at 6:30 p.m. at Gordon Central High School. Runners park in downtown Calhoun, catch the school buses at the Calhoun Depot to ride to Gordon Central and run or walk back to downtown and can walk to their cars. NO BUSES WILL RUN AFTER THE RACE! LAST BUS LEAVES FROM THE DEPOT AT 6:10 p.m.

The finish line in Downtown Calhoun is one of the best. Cheerleaders from all City and County Middle and High Schools will be cheering the runners. City and County High School bands perform on the route from start to finish while representatives from all 18 United Way-supported agencies cheer the runners along the route. Runners and walkers are encouraged to participate.

This event is more than a kick-off event for United Way- it is a community event that welcomes everyone. So come and enjoy the fun and fellowship. Company Films will once again fly the drone over the run and that video will be posted on

Runners may pick up their race numbers at the Calhoun Depot from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24. They may also register for the run. Race Day registration is set for Tuesday, Sept. 25, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Gordon Central High School Cafeteria.

Thank you to our many sponsors.


Apache Mills

Engineered Floors

Field Turf

Gordon Hospital




Nance Industries

Northwest Georgia

Orthopedics and

Sports Medicine


Turner Heating and




Atlanta Gas Light

Hamilton Medical


Owen Security



Waffle House


BB & T

Belwood Nursery and

Landscape Supply

Bentley Dye Services

Chick-fil-A of Calhoun

First Bank of Calhoun

Fox Systems, Inc.

Momon Construction


Gordon County

Historical Society

Greater Community



Landscape Creations


Nature’s Own Big

Springs Water

North Georgia

National Bank

Starr Mathews

Insurance Agency



Advanced Electrical

Systems, Inc,



Alan McHan DMD

Calhoun Drug co.

Calhoun Outlet

Marketplace a Simon


Downtown Calhoun

Fitness First of


Georgia Northwestern

Technical College


Hayes Plumbing and


Homespun hospice

NorthSide Bank

PT Solutions

Roland Hay Farm

Workout Anytime


Calhoun City Schools

Calhoun High School HOSA

Calhoun Times

Carpet Capital Running Club

Cherokee Capital Amateur Radio Society

City of Calhoun

DJ Nick Najera

Donny Holmes

Gordon Hospital

Gordon EMS

Gordon County Schools



Registration for 1-K Kids Run is $15. Students can register for the 5-K Run/Walk for $15; Adults are $25. Register at or or email for paper forms.