2018 UPDIF

at Unicoi State Park in Helen, GA
March 15-18th

A Celebration of Achievement!

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UpDog International Finals

April 5,6,7,8,9, 2017 at
Purina Farms
St. Louis, MO

UpDog style

You should expect something very UpDog.  Clever, quirky, cheeky and focused on fun and growth.   Our goal is to provide teams with an experience they won’t forget.   This event is by competitors for competitors.


We love to give prizes and awards not only to the best competitors but also other categories that we feel contribute to the heart and soul of UpDog.  Our desire is to support, encourage and recognize the growth and achievement of every team. You never know what cool award or prize we may hand out next.  We will do everything we can to surprise you, wow you, and make sure you have a pretty amazing experience.

*Competitors should look for the “Personal Best” Achievement handed out by judges when a team exceeds their previous personal best in a game.

The Basics

This has grown from a 3 day event to a 5 day event. We will play every UpDog game and award the top finishing competitors in each game Saturday and Sunday evening.

Qualification Period

January 1st through December 30th is our qualifying season.

Any points earned during the qualification season at any UDC sanctioned event will count towards UpDIF Qualification

Qualification Guidelines

You must be an UpDog member (an activated team) during the qualification period to be eligible to attend the International Finals.

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Lodging Options:

Host hotel:  EconoLodge Helen, GA
Econo Lodge in Helen, GA has a block of rooms set aside for our group. Rate is $65 per night with no dog fee and no dog limit. Call (706) 878-8000 to book and tell them you are with the group “UpDog Challenge”. If you have any issues the manager’s name is Justin. This hotel is located only 8 minutes from Unicoi State Park and is within walking distance to a lot of the cool restaurants and shops within the quaint town of Helen.
Host camping and cabins:

UPDIF 2018 – Unicoi State Park Cabin and Camping Reservation Information:

Call 1-800-573-9659 – PROMO CODE 07666 UpDog Challenge 2018

CALL, DO NOT book online as the online prices are off by $10 (and 1 pet fee is already included in the listed price online).

USE THE PROMO CODE 07666 as it will save you approx. $50 per night for the cabins and $10-$30 per night on the campsites depending on the type of campsite you reserve

$35.00/$40.00 per night (full or partial hookup)
There are dump stations on site for those with partial hookups. Bath houses on site as well.

1 Bedroom Barrel – $129 weeknights/$149 weekends + $40 1 time per pet fee – 4 dog maximum

2 Bedroom Barrel and Smith Creek Cabins – $149 weeknights/$169 weekends + $40 1 time per pet fee – 4 dog maximum

The campground and barrel cabins are about a 3 minute drive to the competition field. The Smith Creek cabin is about a 5 minute drive to the competition field.

Offering a 10% discount for UpDog Challenge UPDIF participants.  They have several pet friendly cabins to choose from.  Nita Decker is the contact.

Host Cabins:

Tanglewood Cabins – located two miles from Unicoi State Park. A large variety of cabins (~40) to choose from. Call Kelly at (706) 878 3286 or email her at stay@tanglewoodcabinrentals.com to book. Reference “UpDog” when you contact her. Do not book online as there are more dog friendly cabins than are listed on their site. Additionally their site says a 2 dog limit but simply tell her the # of dogs you will have staying and she will work with you on finding a cabin that will work for you (she did not mention how many was too many however as it varies by owner of the cabin). Pet fee is $25 or $50 ONE time fee for the entire stay and is not per dog (amount varies based on the # of dogs). Cleaning fee of $35-$75 per cabin per stay (varies based on the # of rooms – example 1 BR is $35, 3BR is $55, etc.). The “winter” rate will be in effect for the time period we are at UPDIF.

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