#RUNTHEATL

#RUNTHEATL

#RUNTHEATL

( 2 reviews )
100% of reviewers recommend this race
  • ATLANTA,
    Georgia,
    United States
  • January
  • 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon
  • Trail Race
  • Event Website

Jessica Rudd

Atlanta, Georgia, United States
67 58
2016
"Exploring Atlanta's "Backstage""
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Jessica Rudd's thoughts:

I like to call this an adventure run rather than a race. There's a summer and winter edition of the race, with the summer edition going all the way around the approximately 22 mile future rail trail around Atlanta, and the winter edition going out-and-back. Only a few miles of the proposed trail are actually finished and paved. Some of the future path is still active railway (the winter edition does not go along the active tracks).

Even though the trail is pretty flat, this is not a race for the faint of heart. Most of the route is off-road, gravel, train tracks, or practically impassible thick pits of Georgia clay. Be prepared to get muddy, possibly climb fences, scavenge supplies from convenience stores near the route, or possibly find a hidden water and/or beer stop in the woods. Also be prepared to run the most epic race with the best people you will ever meet.

Pros:
- See Atlanta like no one else
- Play in the mud
- Earn a one of a kind token of awesomeness
- Beer, pizza, chili at the finish
- Trains!
- I personally find the underbelly of Atlanta to be some of the most unique race scenery
- For a 'self supported' race, they do a damn good job with goodies at the start and an actual aid station (or 2 if you're lucky)
-No annoying race bib to wear; instead you choose a playing card and that gets to be your race "bib" - See pic

Cons:
-The winter edition doesn't circumnavigate the city- but that just means you have to come back for the summer edition!
- If you're looking for a sanctioned, measured race to qualify for Boston or Marathon Maniacs, please go somewhere else.

If you want to enjoy a completely unique Atlanta running experience with some really cool people, you MUST do this race.

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