About the event
The Great Southern Endurance Run promises to be an unforgettable running experience. 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, Braves Stadium, single track trail along the 'hooch, Turner Field, and the Governor's Mansion.
The official race starts at the top of Kennesaw Mountain to take you on this iconic journey through Atlanta and finishing in Stone Mountain just after you summit the mountain itself. It's intended to be an incredible adventure run through the city of Atlanta where you stop at stores, gas stations, coffee shops etc., along with approximately 5 aid stations and check points along the course. Runners will follow old school turn sheets and have access to GPX tracks as well. It's a great event for first timers but one that many come back to year after year.
This point-to-point course will start at Kennesaw Mountain, run southeast through Marietta, towards the Chattahoochee River. After running parallel to I-75 for a few miles, runners will head to the Braves Stadium then into Buckhead passing the Governors Mansion, before turning south and running to Piedmont Park. After picking up a few miles in downtown Atlanta, the course heads out to Stone Mountain to climb to the top.
Local time: 5:50 AM
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, but for the most part the course consists of sidewalks or bike paths. we’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.