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Overall Rating (15 Reviews)
3.5
(15 Ratings)(15 Reviews)
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3.1
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3.9
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3.3
In 2020, Atlanta’s marathon weekend is America’s marathon weekend. Held the day after the 2020 Olympic Team Trials – Marathon, the Publix Atlanta Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K will let you see the legends, then be the legacy. Held for the second year on a new course that takes you … MORE
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    b.wise23 FIRST-TIMER '20

    The last 10k is insanely difficult for a major city marathon. The Planners clearly designed this event with the half marathon as the premier race. After the half marathoners finished … MORE

    The last 10k is insanely difficult for a major city marathon. The Planners clearly designed this event with the half marathon as the premier race. After the half marathoners finished the support along the course was almost non existent. About half of the mile markers from 14-26 did not exist.

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    corey10920 FIRST-TIMER '20

    I have very mixed reviews of this Race. The Expo for such a large city very disappointing. Very few vendors. To watch the Olympic Trials was AMAZING and well organized. … MORE

    I have very mixed reviews of this Race. The Expo for such a large city very disappointing. Very few vendors. To watch the Olympic Trials was AMAZING and well organized. The bag check is very crowded and had to wait about 15 minutes to drop my bag so do it early. This course had hill at every turn, not difficult but there was sure a lot so be prepared. The Full and Half Marathoners start and run together before the half breaks into Centenial Park. The course through the city had some nice sites. Finishing in Centenial park was nice but finishing at 4 hours for the marathon the organizers were packing up so not much but to grab your sandwich and chocolate milk. Again I thought a city the size of Atlanta would have more

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    andrew.lee1 FIRST-TIMER '20

    Tip: use the bathrooms at the Omni Hotel located right by the startline. The race got started late by 3 minutes. It has a combination start with marathoners and half-marathoners … MORE

    Tip: use the bathrooms at the Omni Hotel located right by the startline.

    The race got started late by 3 minutes. It has a combination start with marathoners and half-marathoners co-mingled. I usually prefer races that don’t do this, or have clear differentiation in bibs between the two races, but sadly that was not the case here.

    The course is hilly, but fine. You see a lot of Atlanta, e.g. running by the Carter Center, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Clark University, etc. However there are very few spectators and the roads are only partially closed to traffic (e.g. you have one lane, but cars are still zipping by you on the other side of the cones).

    Some other notes:
    1) Gels are provided at mile 8 and 18
    2) There was no on-course entertainment (e.g. bands)
    3) The course has a section where you run on grass to get onto a track to run 300 meters on a track
    4) The course has a few U-turns
    5) The award ceremony only announced first place male/female for overall, master, and grandmaster
    6) The expo is very small. 5 minutes in and out

    All in all, it’s a

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    bryangrullon FIRST-TIMER '20

    The weekend was dedicated to the elite Olympic Trials and the amateur Marathon and Half. The expo was slim, the space reserved was ample but there wasn’t many vendors or … MORE

    The weekend was dedicated to the elite Olympic Trials and the amateur Marathon and Half. The expo was slim, the space reserved was ample but there wasn’t many vendors or partners as you would in Disney or at the Majors. Saturday was a spectacle to see the pros run through the hills and 22mph gusts. Sunday, winds died down and it was just the hills. Always present, and consistently undulating. Perfect for those who strength train and need the challenge. The nicest touch, all events ended at the same finish line.

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    sandtar79 FIRST-TIMER '20

    Aid stations were plentiful on the route, as were volunteers and police support. However, bathrooms were definitely lacking. City streets were not in great shape. There were very few people … MORE

    Aid stations were plentiful on the route, as were volunteers and police support. However, bathrooms were definitely lacking. City streets were not in great shape. There were very few people out spectating and cheering. The expo was small given this was an event in a major city… I was in and out in less than 10 minutes. I would definitely NOT recommend this race.

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    BrianYowler FIRST-TIMER '20

    This race was well-organized, but there's not much to be excited about here. Pre-race: The expo was small and disappointing with very few vendors. It seemed like only the major … MORE

    This race was well-organized, but there’s not much to be excited about here. Pre-race: The expo was small and disappointing with very few vendors. It seemed like only the major race sponsors had a booth. The race shirts were soft, but sizing was small. When I asked about an exchange, I was given a firm “no”.
    Race day: The number of porto-johns was embarrassingly few. If I actually waited in line, I would’ve missed the start of the race. So, I waited for a few miles and stopped mid-race. The course rolled the entire way. My garmin indicated over 1400 feet of elevation gain! There’s no avoiding this in Atlanta, so forget the PR or BQ. There were very, very few spectators and no on-course entertainment (if you are looking for that in a city race). The medals are fine, but nothing special. The post-race food selection was small and typical.
    Overall: I was already in town for the Olympic Trials and I needed to check off Georgia for my 50 states goal, so this race worked out well. However, I certainly would NOT make a special trip for this race otherwise. With the huge number of marathon options out there, Atlanta doesn’t offer anything that makes it stand out from the rest. My advice…move on…there’s “nothing to see here”

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    sandtar79 Mar 03, 2020 at 8:58am

    I felt the same way about this race.... very disappointing. And I only remember seeing 1 port-o-potty on the second half of the course. Maybe I missed them, but they… MORE

    I felt the same way about this race.... very disappointing. And I only remember seeing 1 port-o-potty on the second half of the course. Maybe I missed them, but they were definitely few and far between! LESS

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    Supasaiyan93 FIRST-TIMER '20

    Absolutely amazing race! Unfortunately I did not have much time to explore the expo since I had to drive to MS Blues but from the time I spent there it … MORE

    Absolutely amazing race! Unfortunately I did not have much time to explore the expo since I had to drive to MS Blues but from the time I spent there it was fun, the merchandise was great and the atmospheric was lively. The course had extremely few flat spots and was either uphill or downhill but the hills made it so satisfying to cross the finish line. The medal is in my top 5 for sure, the volunteers course support, traffic control, and sites were top notch. I will definitely be back to run again.

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    krenee2050 FIRST-TIMER '20

    Awesome race weekend! Beautiful, sunny day. Kinda cold at the start for me but I warmed up quick. Small expo for such a big event but all the essentials were … MORE

    Awesome race weekend! Beautiful, sunny day. Kinda cold at the start for me but I warmed up quick. Small expo for such a big event but all the essentials were there. I took the train in as I live locally but didn’t want to fool with parking. Short walk to Centennial Park. Gear check great. Thousands of people milling around- just the way I like it! And it was Olympic Trials weekend for the Marathon so all the qualifiers were at our start line shivering with the rest of us. Course had lots of rolling hills at beginning and end. They had GU on the course but I carry my own Sports beans. They had oranges at mile 11 and I couldn’t wait for them but then I ran right by them LOL. Lots of fluid stations on course. At the finish-Water, chocolate milk, and Powerade, Bananas, fruit cups, Publix sandwiches (OMG so good). Heavy, beautiful medal. Great atmosphere. I stuck around to watch the faster marathoners finish and then headed home. Will be back next year!

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    cwline REPEAT RUNNER '20

    Pick up bib prior to race day or pay extra. Plenty of porta pots at start and some along course. Mostly asphalt, watch out for potholes and wavy uneven road. … MORE

    Pick up bib prior to race day or pay extra. Plenty of porta pots at start and some along course. Mostly asphalt, watch out for potholes and wavy uneven road. Some brick, cement, grass and track. Pace groups, mile markers with time clocks. Lots of aid stations with water, powerade, other items. One section of course was confusing to some who missed about 4 miles. Results and free photos posted fast. Chocolate milk and a few more refreshments afterwards. Long sleeve shirt and medal.

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    BillyD0021 FIRST-TIMER '20

    Really cool big city race. Atlanta Track Club puts on a fantastic event. Saw all the great sights in Atlanta, and crowd support was great in many areas. I heard … MORE

    Really cool big city race. Atlanta Track Club puts on a fantastic event. Saw all the great sights in Atlanta, and crowd support was great in many areas. I heard the race would be hilly, but I wasn’t ready for this. Watch had me at over 1,500 ft elevation. Legs were trashed by mile 21. Still a great race, and I wouldn’t mind taking on Atlanta again, just after more hill training.

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    runningriddles FIRST-TIMER '19

    While the Atlanta Marathon is not the hilliest race I have encountered it definitely took me by surprise as to how hilly it was for a race in a big … MORE

    While the Atlanta Marathon is not the hilliest race I have encountered it definitely took me by surprise as to how hilly it was for a race in a big city. I would not recommend trying to run the Atlanta Marathon for a personal best, HOWEVER I would definitely recommend running the marathon for a great, big-city road race experience. It was very well-organized, well-set up, easy to get to using the MARTA public transportation system, and full of very friendly volunteers and great course support throughout most of the race. My full details and in-depth review are in my race report link below.

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    M_Sohaskey Mar 25, 2019 at 6:02pm

    I consider myself warned! The hills are definitely a theme in both your review and blog post, Aaron... so I can't say you didn't warn me if/when I have a… MORE

    I consider myself warned! The hills are definitely a theme in both your review and blog post, Aaron... so I can't say you didn't warn me if/when I have a chance to run Atlanta next year. I know some of the Olympic Trials hopefuls have also commented on how hilly the course will be. Nice job staying strong and congrats on another sub-4 finish, sounds like another successful road trip for Team Running Riddles! 💪 LESS

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    cwline REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Need to pick up bib at expo prior to race (open for 3 days prior). Not much at expo. Course mostly asphalt (watch for wavy road and potholes), some cement, … MORE

    Need to pick up bib at expo prior to race (open for 3 days prior). Not much at expo. Course mostly asphalt (watch for wavy road and potholes), some cement, brick areas, track and grass. Mile markers and time clocks. Plenty of water/Powerade stops. Lots of portapots at beginning of course and some along the course. This year course changed so half and marathon particpants don’t split until mile 13. Course not as hilly as previously. Good refreshments afterward, including chocolate milk. Nice longsleeve shirt and medal that spins. Results posted fast. Towel at end of race. (See photo)

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    MarkEdwards FIRST-TIMER '07

    This was inaugural marathon. 80 plus degrees and course ran out of water. Fortunately I had money and bought my own gatorade. Tough hilly course and too hot for March. MORE

    This was inaugural marathon. 80 plus degrees and course ran out of water. Fortunately I had money and bought my own gatorade. Tough hilly course and too hot for March.

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    cwline REPEAT RUNNER '08

    Nice race all through Atlanta. Plenty of hills. Lots of water/aid stations. Good cheer zones. More folks do the half marathon than the full marathon. MORE

    Nice race all through Atlanta. Plenty of hills. Lots of water/aid stations. Good cheer zones. More folks do the half marathon than the full marathon.

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    cwline REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Good weather this year for the race. The course does have lots of potholes - most not marked. Plenty of water/Gatorade/portapot/etc stops. Each mile had a marker. Nice longsleeve technical … MORE

    Good weather this year for the race. The course does have lots of potholes – most not marked. Plenty of water/Gatorade/portapot/etc stops. Each mile had a marker. Nice longsleeve technical shirt and good finisher medal. Sparse on cheering zones this year. Usual refreshments after race. Results posted afternoon of the race.

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