About the event
The fifth 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 official start is Saturday, April 27th, at 5:15am - near the base of Kennesaw Mountain. Traditionally, the runners start at 5:00am with a little 'hill work'.
The run will have an 18 hour cutoff for the final aid station of the 100k. 8 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 near 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.
The course will have some confidence markings, but runners must be alert and attentive to markings and follow the written directions provided 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.
Participants are responsible for getting to & from the start and finish lines. In the past runners have car pooled, been dropped off, or used Uber. There is ample parking near the finish, if runners would like to leave a car the night before the race. In the past, we have also made arrangements for runners to leave cars parked near the start. More information can be obtained in the group's Facebook page.
The proceeds from this year's Southern will go to www.ahimsahouse.org - Please check them out & support in any manner that you are able.
Local time: 7:45 PM