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Why Atlanta Is the New Running Hotspot

Why Atlanta Is the New Running Hotspot

Whether you live north, south, east or west of Downtown Atlanta, or right in the heart of the city, residents and visitors alike have access to an abundance of options when it comes to where they want to live, work and play.

“Ultimately, when you choose Atlanta, you actually don’t have to choose just one part of the city,” says Kate Atwood, vice president of ChooseATL. “Your options here are limitless and that is what makes this city the best place to call home.”

The capital of the South has a new rhythm, and it’s coming from the sound of many, many pairs of feet. Atlanta’s running scene is booming, thanks to major events, increase in diversity, expansion of running routes and, of course, Southern spirit.

Why Atlanta Is the New Running HotspotIf you’re planning a spring marathon, Atlanta’s got you covered. The Publix Georgia Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K gives runners the chance to experience the city’s major landmarks and popular neighborhoods–on foot. The Atlanta Track Club hosts the event and ensures all 10,000 participants have a race weekend that will bring them back to many of the city’s other popular races.

Why Atlanta Is the New Running Hotspot

Of course, when you think of Atlanta running, you might think of the AJC Peachtree Road Race. It is, after all, the largest road race in the United States and has been going every July 4 since 1970. There’s also the Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon & 5K, and the PNC Atlanta 10 Miler & 5K–all of which attract thousands of runners from across the southeast. With more than 30 events and programs, there is something for runners of all ages and abilities on the calendar.

Outside of races, Atlanta is a city full of runners and walkers. There are beautiful parks filled with personality and ongoing greenspace projects that keep adding miles of uninterrupted trails.” And if admiring beautiful houses is your thing, you can find a hilly route through one of Atlanta’s many iconic, tree-lined neighborhoods.

Whether you’re new to town, just visiting or have lived in Atlanta your whole life, discovering the city through its running scene is a must-do for anyone who loves the open road. Here are some tips to help you find the right way to run through the city.

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