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Publix Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon (fomerly ING Georgia Marathon)

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Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Race Date: 10/20/14

Course Type: Road

Race Distance: 1/2 Marathon, Marathon

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added on 3/18/08 by mudhunny

From the official race website: The ING Georgia Marathon is a true showcase of historic Atlanta, beautiful Decatur and all of the neighborhoods in between. The staging area for the start & finish is in the heart of downtown Atlanta in Centennial Olympic Park. You will start in downtown Atlanta at Phillips Arena and run through the Sweet Auburn district, which houses the famous Ebenezer Baptist Church and the Martin Luther King Center. You will also run by the house where Dr. King was born and then on through historical Inman Park with its magnificent restored homes. The course continues through the eclectic Little 5 Points area, neighboring Candler Park, down Ponce de Leon, past Agnes Scott College, on to the quaint downtown square of Decatur, by the Emory University campus, the Lullwater area which features the house from Driving Miss Daisy, then onto Freedom Parkway and around The Carter Center for one of the best views of the city, continuing into the Virginia Highlands neighborhood with spectators cheering participants on as they head into Piedmont Park and finally back downtown to the finish line where the party begins at Centennial Olympic Park!

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Chris Barber on 4/6/09
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Review: I ran under 1:25 (1:24:02) which was my goal. It?「どィび「s nice to achieve your goals, be goal oriented. What other orientational options do you have anyways?

I really liked the race course. The Georgia ING half and full marathons started in Centennial Olympic Park which has a lot of historical significance. It was the hub for activities during the 1996 Olympic Games and was the site of the tragic Centennial Olympic Park Bombing. Centennial Olympic Park is situated in the center of downtown near a lot of great hotels, restaurants, and tourist attractions. This makes the Georgia Marathon a great destination race if you are looking for one.

The course continues from Centennial Olympic Park through parts of downtown and into an old Historic areas of Atlanta. I liked the course because it was the perfect mix of landmarks, parks, downtown areas, and old historic homes. It really showed the different faces of Atlanta and kept your attention while running. This did make for a bit of a windy course but it was well worth it. Who wants to travel in a straight shot anyways?「どィャカother than maybe astronauts.

The start and finish area needs work; a good bit of work. First off, when my group got there we could not find the bag drop and decided to just ?「どィ?follow the crowd?「どィャ but once inside the park, the crowd was going every direction! This is indicative of the whole layout and logistics of the race area. Once we found the ?「どィ?bag drop?「どィャ (which was merely putting your bag under a tent) we went to the bathrooms before the race. The line took 20 minutes and there were only about 20 stalls. I?「どィび「m sure there were other bathrooms in other places but I did not see them. I did see a line for the bathroom at a coffee shop about 40 people deep. I missed my start group and had to jump the fence to start with a later group; however, other than being with slower paced runners, it didn?「どィび「t matter because there was no stagger at the start. Race corrals are based on the time you submit, which is not verified. This creates a bulk or runners of varying abilities all starting the race at the same time. If the race does not want to verify times then there should be some sort of stagger between corrals. A mere thirty seconds makes a big difference for runners trying to dodge in and out of runners. I do admit, I did jump into a slower group than mine, but I heard this was a problem for other runners too. People like to complain, I just listen.

The finish line is at Centennial Olympic Park as well. It is difficult to see exactly how far the finish line is though because it is around a corner and behind a large building. I saw a ?「どィ?one mile left?「どィャ marker but didn?「どィび「t know when I needed to give my 800 meters left kick. I was already around the corner with about 100m to the finish when I saw the actual line.

The layout in the park after the race is not user friendly either. I think they need to hire a race layout engineer from Georgia Tech next year to figure this whole thing out. Apparently this has been a recurring problem for this race. Runners are corralled around and fed out near the bag drop area which was convenient. There was a band with a stage to the right of the finish line but I didn?「どィび「t see anyone near it, most likely because there were barely any race spectators on that side of the course. It was extremely difficult to get to. The other side of the course had a VERY large area of the park gated off for reasons unknown to me. Possibly the city did not allow them to have people walking on this portion of the park. It made for about a half mile walk from where runners were corralled to where they needed to be if they wanted to watch other runners finish. I feel like they should have left this area completely open to allow runners to hang out and enjoy themselves. I saw a lot of groups of people talking and laughing after the race but I didn?「どィび「t see anyone staying around. The weather was fine, there just wasn?「どィび「t any open area that invited runners to stick around. As soon as our group found each other we left immediately for a mile walk home. Thanks pick-up/drop-off guy.

Overall, if you want an excuse to visit Atlanta or Georgia then this is a good race to run based on its proximity to entertainment and the route it takes on historic parts of Atlanta. If you are looking for a well organized marathon to travel to maybe whisk yourself away to a magical place called Delaware. Hi. I?「どィび「m in Delaware.

Year: 2009

Total races: 100

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