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Introducing the Road to Gold: An Atlanta 2020 Test Event. This 8.2-mile race will be held one year before the 2020 Olympic Team Trials – Marathon and will be the first chance for Olympic hopefuls, Olympic fans, runners and walkers of all abilities to run on the Trials course. An Olympic Hopeful Division will feature athletes with hopes of winning the gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games and an open division will give every runner in Atlanta and beyond the unique opportunity chase their “gold” on the same streets that will take six Americans to Tokyo.
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Date & Time
March 2, 7:00 a.m.
Centennial Olympic Park
- 8.2 Miles (ages 13 & older)
- Medal + Commemorative Item (non-sized)
- Road to Gold:
- $40 through 11/2/18
- $50 through 12/14/18
- $60 through 1/15/19
- $70 through 2/27/19
- $80 Number Pickup/Race Day
Registration Cut-Off Date
February 28, 2019 at 11:59 pm
Event Day Schedule
- 5:30 a.m. Number pick-up/event day registration opens
- 6:30 a.m. Deadline to register, be timed & in results
- 7:00 a.m. Olympic Hopeful field start
- 7:15 a.m. 8.2 Mile start
- 7:30 a.m. 8.2 Mile start line closes
- 9:00 a.m. Awards ceremony
- 9:36 a.m. Course closes
The Road to Gold is one of two opportunities for Olympic hopefuls to run on the closed streets of the 2020 Olympic Team Trials – Marathon course. As the 2020 marathon course will be four six-mile loops and a final 2.2 mile loop, this race is designed to cover both loops and mimic the final 8.2 miles of the Trials. Olympic hopefuls from around the nation will be entered in a separate division, which will begin just before the open race. Participants in the Olympic Hopeful Division must be current members of USA Track & Field and United States citizens. Prize money is only available to athletes in the Olympic Hopeful Division. Olympic Hopeful Inquiries
NOTE: Olympic hopefuls will be given a special registration link. DO NOT register for the event until we have responded to your inquiry.
Event Day Registration
Cost: cash or credit card only (unless event sells out)
Deadline to register and be timed: 6:30 a.m.
T-shirt sizing and availability cannot be guaranteed for those registering on race day.
Timing & Results
Unofficial results are available online the afternoon of the event. Results are made official approximately two weeks after the event, after all inquires have been processed.
Your timing device for this event is the Chronotrack single use B-tag. In order to receive an accurate time, please confirm your bib is...
- Clearly visible on the front of the torso
- Unaltered and unmodified (Do not fold or wrinkle)
- Pinned in all four corners
- Not covered (jackets, fuel belts, etc.)
Atlanta Track Club is a member organization of both the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) & USA Track & Field (USATF) and adheres to the guidelines and rules of competition in the events Atlanta Track Club conducts & provides.
Course map coming by years end
The 8.2 mile Road to Gold race course will consist of the final 8.2 mile lap of the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials course. Starting at Centennial Olympic Park, the crown jewel of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, participants will make their way through Downtown, Midtown, Old Fourth Ward and Summerhill before returning to the park to finish in the same spot where the 2020 Olympic Marathon Team will be named on February 29, 2020. Runners will pass the 1996 Olympic Rings, Georgia Capital, Jackson St. Bridge, Fox Theater, Margaret Mitchell House and Ebenezer Baptist Church. The final course details will be revealed in December 2018.
Course time limit:
- 2 hours and 21 minutes (17 minute per mile pace)
For the safety and enjoyment of all participants, no headphones, pets, or wheeled conveyances of any kind, including baby joggers/strollers, roller/inline skates, and bicycles, are permitted on the course.
- 8.2 Miles: 13 & older
Early number pickup:
Friday, March 1
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Atlanta Track Club Office
201 Armour Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
Number pick-up will also take place the morning of the event beginning at 5:00 a.m.
Use of public transportation (MARTA) or rideshare, such as Lyft, is highly encouraged as parking is limited and will be an additional cost. Carpooling is encouraged.
- Parking in the Sage Parking Deck is not encouraged for those running the One Mile or 50m Dash. Consider the Park Tavern gravel lot or street parking instead.
- 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - NO EXIT from the Sage Parking Deck due to overlap with the 5K course
- After 11:00 a.m. - Exit on level 5 only (Botanical Gardens exit to Piedmont Ave.)
- After 11:30 a.m. - Exits on both level 5 (Botanical Gardens/Piedmont Ave.) and level 1 (Monroe Dr) will reopen
Public Transportation is highly encouraged. The event is located closest to the Midtown & Arts Center MARTA stations on the Red & Gold Lines. A Gear Check tent will be available for those participants who utilize MARTA.
The following awards will be given:
- Overall Open Male and Female Awards*
- Open Age Grade Male and Female Awards**
- Open Age Group Awards for the top three males and females in each age group (14 & under, five-year increments up to 90+)**
*Gun time /**Net time
Prize money for the Olympic Hopeful division totals $7700.00 and goes five deep on the men's and women's side. ($2000, $1000, $500, $250, $100)
For the safety and enjoyment of all participants, no pets or wheeled conveyances of any kind, including baby joggers/strollrs, roller/inline skates and bicycles are permitted on the 8.2 Mile course.
Athletes with Disabilities
In order to serve all our athletes, Atlanta Track Club offers opportunities for Athletes with Disabilities (AWD). If you are an AWD and interested in participating in the Road to Gold, please email [email protected], to discuss what reasonable accommodations can be made based on your specific needs. Atlanta Track Club officials will provide reasonable accommodation to Athletes with Disabilities on an individualized and event by event basis.
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If you have additional questions regarding the event, please email [email protected].
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