2015 Event Director Notes and FAQ

FAQ

What is the most important thing you want me to know?

This is a 100% self-supported race. We will provide water at the finish. Other than that, you are 100% responsible for your own well being.

The first half of the race is the most difficult in terms of places to replenish resources, so be sure to have at least 2 liters of water with you. 3 liters would be ideal.

What is #runtheatl?

A 20-22 mile journey around the entire city of Atlanta. You will follow some of the completed Atlanta Beltline trails. However, a large portion of your time, you will be following train tracks and partially finished trail. You will also be on concrete for a few brief periods. This journey is self supporting, which means you supply your own hydration and nutrition.

When is this year’s #runtheatl?

July 19, 2015  8:00am

How do I get to start of the race?/ Where do I park?

Drive-The address to put into Google Maps is Rose Circle Park. There is free street Parking on White Street and on Rose Circle SW.

Train-You can also take MARTA to West End Station. From there, you can walk .5 miles to the Registration/Info area inside Rose Circle Park.

Get Dropped Off- Use Lyft or Uber to bring you to Rose Circle Park.

What if I can’t finish and want to drop out?

You can drop out at any time. Please report back to event organizers to let them know that you are a DNF. We suggest taking a Lyft or Uber back. Or, have Lyft take you to the nearest MARTA station, then take MARTA to West End Station. From there you can walk back to the starting area and find someone to tell your fate.

Will I be timed?

You will receive a race number. You will NOT receive a timing chip. We will start the “official event clock” at the start of the event. We will mark your finisher time down when you complete the course.

Will there be water, snacks, bathrooms, fuel of any kind?

This is a 100% self-supported race. We will provide water at the finish. Other than that, you are 100% responsible for your own well being.

The first half of the race is the most difficult in terms of places to replenish resources, so be sure to have at least 2 liters of water with you. 3 liters would be ideal.

We will highlight some areas along the course that are suggested stops. However, we are in not in relationship with those places, and do not guarantee if they are open, if they will serve disgustingly sweaty runners, etc. It’s a big city. You are big people. Do your best to get what you need to survive and thrive.

Will I get a shirt, a medal, or any other prizes?

As mentioned in the promises of the event, as a finisher, you will receive a “one of a kind finisher token of blingness”. We may end up giving prizes for top finisher or finishers, but nothing guaranteed for now.

Important Suggestions 

  • Read directions AHEAD of where you are going. Don’t just read what’s next. Read the next 2-3 things ahead, it will make your journey easier.
  • Be respectful EVERYWHERE you go. We are guests of our fair city. You will come across all kinds of people, homes, businesses, etc. Act as a good guest as you would in someone’s home. Be polite and take all trash with you.
  • Shoes: You will be on dirt, railroad tracks, rocks, and gravel for 85% of the race. One pair of your favorite trail shoes should do it. Some portions of the race are finished belt line/concrete. However, you can run next to any finished concrete at almost every step and stay on dirt. You will NOT need a shoe with large lugs, as mud is minimal.
  • Bring a fully charged phone with Mophie (or other battery) backup.
  • Bring cash, debit cards and/or other forms of barter. This is for acquiring additional nutrition and hydration along your way on the course.
  • Using Google Map function on your phone will be essential on race day in helping find landmarks and points to cross reference on the along the way.
  • Print the course route as a back up. Your phone may go dead or you may not have internet access.
  • Run with a buddy, two heads can be better than one to keep you on course. Also, if you run with a buddy, one can keep phone off until first phone runs out of battery. Then have a fresh phone when the first runs out.
  • DO NOT PUT ON HEADPHONES. You will need to pay attention to your surroundings at all times. Be aware of other people, trains, etc.
  • Carry enough nutrition and liquid for 1.5 hours on a hot day.  Places to refuel and top off liquids are not easy to get to until the 2nd half of the race.
  • Download the Lyft and Uber application to your phone. These services are cheaper than a taxi and can be ordered from almost anywhere in Atlanta. You can use Lyft or Uber to pick you up if you decide to leave the race at any time. Just make your way to an actual street somewhere. The link provided actually has free rides attached to it if are a new customer.