Atlanta Track Club MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM 5K/WALK LIKE MADD is an awesome 5k experience not to be missed. The rolling hills 5k around downtown Atlanta with a finish on the 50 yard line in the incredible Mercedes Benz stadium is a great experience.
- There's a bib pickup option at Atlanta Track Club offices 7am - 4pm Friday before the race. I recommend using this option if your schedule permits. It's not a huge expo or anything (it's still a local 5k after all) but there's ATC items for sale as well as discounted Mizuno footwear. Picking your stuff up on Friday also means you don't have to worry about getting to the race start early to wait in line for your number.
-I ran to the start from my house so race access for me is very easy. However, there's also easy MARTA access (I ended up taking the train home) and paid parking all around the downtown and stadium area. Leave time to park and walk from your car if needed.
-If you don't take advantage of Friday number pickup, you'll have to wait in line on race morning. Normally this isn't an issue, but since it was quite cold this year (2019) it seemed like a lot of people waited until the last minute to show up so the pickup lines were very long and still going after the start went off. That's a participant mistake, and not race management issue, in my opinion. Get there early folks!
A loop around downtown, past Centennial Park, and up through Castelberry Hill. Some ups, some down, typical Atlanta hills.
Finish: In the last 0.1 mile you turn into the underground entrance of the stadium, run through the team arch onto the field and finish at the 50 yard line. Falcons cheerleaders, Freddie Falcon and Freddie Jr. cheering you on. It's pretty cool. There's drinks and snack boxes at the finish and you can chill in the stadium seats and enjoy the view of the field, halo board, iris roof (an engineering marvel). etc.