Sunday, December 11, 2016 • Atlanta, GA • Course Map
Jeff Galloway — a runner, Olympic athlete and entrepreneur — has done just about everything under the sun when it comes to running, as both the first winner of Atlanta’s annual July 4th Peachtree Road Race and hundreds upon hundreds of marathons and other distance races under his belt.
He was a member of the 1972 Olympic team in the 10,000 meters, an All-American collegiate athlete at Wesleyan University, and today is the city’s unofficial ambassador of running, having started the Phidippides running stores and a series of training programs that turn hundreds of people into runners every year.
The only thing he hadn’t done was start his own race — until last year. The 3rd annual Jeff Galloway 13.1 Half Marathon is set to run in mid-December 2016, along with the Barb’s 5K on Saturday, presumably named for his wife Barbara.
When runners line up at the starting line, they’ll head out from 11th Street in Midtown Atlanta, just a block away from the Margaret Mitchell House & Museum, the home where the legendary author of “Gone With the Wind” lived nearly a century ago. From there, the course heads across Peachtree Street and turns onto Juniper, and heads south for the next several blocks.
The next few miles unfold through some of Atlanta’s most historic neighborhoods, as Midtown gives way to the historic Fourth Ward, including a couple of miles along the Freedom Parkway and a stretch past the Carter Center, the presidential library of former President Jimmy Carter.
Once they make it up and down the Freedom Parkway Trail, runners then head onto the Eastside Beltline Trail, the first completed section on an old rail corridor of a planned multi-use trail and park system that will wind throughout the city (one day) when it’s finished. After that, there’s a loop around the Virginia-Highlands neighborhood, and then the course heads into Piedmont Park.
This 189-acre park, which lies next to the Atlanta Botanical Garden, is the crown jewel of Atlanta’s parks. Runners will make their way all the way around it, along 10th and up Piedmont, before running through the park’s paved trails on the way to the athletic field oval, where they’ll cross the race finish line.
Race Climate & Weather
Located in central north Georgia, roughly 130 miles west of Augusta and about 145 miles east of Birmingham, Ala., Atlanta typically sees December temperatures between 36ºF and 55ºF, while precipitation amounts average just over 3.8 inches, making it the fourth-driest month of the year. Snowfall is rare but possible here this time of year.
On race day (Dec. 11), the average low is 37ºF and the average high is 54ºF.
- $95 for the half marathon, if registered by April 29, 2016
- $105 between April 30 – August 31
- $115 between September 1 – December 5
- $130 at the race expo
To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of Atlanta’s Jeff Galloway 13.1 Half Marathon or Barb’s 5K race, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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