Sunday, December 12, 2021 • Kennesaw, GA • Course Map
The quiet, tree-lined roadways of this small city just north of Atlanta will be the setting for the First Watch Locomotive Half Marathon & 5K, which will take runners and walkers on an out-and-back course that starts and finishes near the Cobb County International Airport and lies just a few miles from the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, the site of the 1864 Civil War battle of the same name.
Part of a series of eight local races known as the Locomotive Race Series, the race begins along Vaughn Road just south of the airport, where it starts out by heading east along Cobb Place Boulevard.
From there, the race unfolds past the airport runway, Viking Quarry Lake, the campus of Kennesaw State University and through the Barrett Pavilion shopping center before bringing runners back to the race finish on Vaughn Road.
The 13.1-mile course features a combination of rolling hills and flat stretches, with the steepest hills around the mile 4, 9 and 12 markers. The highest point in the race lies at just above 1,050 feet, between mile markers 11 and 12, and the lowest point occurs at about 950 feet, around the mile 10 marker.
Both the half marathon and the 5K are USATF-certified (USA Track & Field) courses, and organizers say there will be 8 water stops along the route, with restrooms at the mid-way point.
Race Weather & Climate
Located nearly 30 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta, just off Interstate 75, the city of Kennesaw typically experiences some of its coldest temperatures of the year in December, which also brings plentiful rainfall and occasional light snowfall.
On race day (Dec. 12), the average low is 35ºF and the average high is 54ºF.
- 7:30 AM – half marathon
- 8:00 AM – 5K
- $70 and up for the half marathon
- $30 and up for the 5K
Course Time Limit
3 hours, 15 minutes
To reserve your spot in the 2021 running of Kennesaw’s First Watch Locomotive Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at Active.com here.
Official Race Website
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