Whether you’re a seasoned runner or just a cardio dilettante, the Atlanta Marathon this Sunday is the perfect opportunity for you to tour intown Atlanta on foot, getting to know our city better. Starting and finishing at Atlantic Station, the Marathon tours 26.2 miles of Atlanta, including Centennial Olympic Park, the Georgia Aquarium, Turner Field, Grant Park, Inman Park, Virginia-Highland, Oakland Cemetery, Old Fourth Ward, Piedmont Park, Morningside, and Buckhead. (The full course map is available here.)
Not much of a runner? The Atlanta Marathon team has suggested two of our favorite places to hang out and cheer on the runners.
Spectators can cheer on runners and walkers as they run past Oakland Cemetery on Memorial Drive, making their way to Mile 9. A Halloween DJ will be near located near Oakland Cemetery, so come on out to cheer on the runners and enjoy some spooky tunes!
Cheer on runners and walkers as they run down N Highland Avenue through the Inman Park neighborhood. This is the the halfway point of the race, so participants will appreciate the encouragement. Inman Park is perfect place to grab brunch at one of the many restaurants with outdoor patios and cheer on the runners as they pass by!
So why not grab a seat this weekend between Halloween festivities at P’Cheen, the newly opened Barcelona Wine Bar, or another of the fine Inman Park restaurants in the Highland Walk and N. Highland Steel strips and cheer on the runners? Or grab a hot chocolate at Marlee’s Coffee and Tea House in the Pencil Factory and head down to one of our favorite Atlanta spots, historic Oakland Cemetery, to do the same?
Are any of our readers running this weekend? Leave notes in the comments section!