About the event
The fourth annual running of the Southern promises to be an unforgettable running experience. An urban adventure run, it is a point-to-point running tour of Atlanta, covering all of the parts of the city that you didn't even know existed. Some of the highlights include two mountain summits, MLK's birthplace, single track trail along the 'hooch, Turner Field, and the Governor's Mansion. The start is Saturday, April 14th, at 5:00am - on top of Kennesaw Mountain.
The run will have an 18 hour cutoff for the final aid station of the 100k. 8-10 small aid stations will be spread around the course, with ample opportunity to also stop into local convenience & 24 hour stores.
This point-to-point course will be starting on top of Kennesaw Mountain, it will run southeast through Marietta, towards the Chattahoochee River. After running parallel to I-75 for a few miles, runners will head east towards Chastain Park, before turning south and running to Piedmont Park. After picking up a few miles in downtown Atlanta, the course heads out to Stone Mountain, with the course terminus being located atop Stone Mountain.
Local time: 11:25 PM
The course will have some confidence markings, but runners must be alert and attentive to markings and written directions to avoid a wrong turn. The terrain is typical for Atlanta – rolling “hills”, with the biggest “hills” coming in the first mile and the climb up Stone Mountain. A small portion of the course includes “single track” trail running (3 miles), but for the most part the course consists of sidewalks or bike paths. I’ve tried to minimize running on streets with traffic as much as possible, but NOTE there are a few sections where there is not a sidewalk and you will be required to run in a bike lane or on the shoulder, which is part of the “urban adventure” aspect of the race.
Link to view current course map
***Course route is still tentative***