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2021 Atlanta Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K Participant Instructions (in-person participants)

Forget the hills in 2021! Atlanta's Marathon Weekend is moving to Atlanta Motor Speedway with the Atlanta Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K. Runners and walkers can also participate in the Virtual Publix Atlanta Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K or the Virtual Publix Atlanta Kids Marathon.

Moving the event to the speedway in Hampton, GA allows for social distancing and a unique running experience. With three distances to choose from, plus a kids race, this full-weekend celebration of running will show participants from near and far why Atlanta is Running City USA. The 5K will be held under the lights of the Atlanta Motor Speedway's NASCAR oval on Saturday night. The half marathon and marathon will be held the next day utilizing the 1.5-mile track, its infield, concourse, miles of service roads and large parking lots. The Atlanta Kids Marathon will be held across both days allowing parents to schedule their children's races in conjunction with their own. For the first time, participants will be able to run the 5K and one of the longer races the following day!

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  • Date & Time

    February 27, 2021 & February 28, 2021

  • Location

    Atlanta Motor Speedway

  • Distance

    • Marathon (ages 18 & older)
    • Half Marathon (ages 14 & older)
    • 5K (Ages 8 & older)
    • Virtual Options for All Distances
  • Event Swag

    • Marathoners:
    • Race Shirt
    • Medal
    • Half Marathoners:
    • Race Shirt
    • Medal
    • 5K:
    • Race Shirt
    • Medal
  • Cost

    • Marathon: $100 through 1/15/21
    • $120 through 2/10/21
    • $140 through 2/24/21
    • $150 at race number pickup
    • Half Marathon: $80 through 1/15/21
    • $100 through 2/10/21
    • $120 through 2/24/21
    • $130 at race number pickup
    • 5K: $25 through 1/15/21
    • $35 through 2/10/21
    • $40 through 2/24/21
    • $45 at race number pickup
    • Marathon + 5K
    • $118 through 1/15/21
    • $148 through 2/10/21
    • $173 through 2/24/21
    • $183 at race number pickup
    • Half + 5K
    • $98 through 1/15/21
    • $128 through 2/10/21
    • $153 through 2/24/21
    • $163 at race number pickup
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Saturday Event Day Schedule

  • 4:00 p.m. Parking lots open
  • 4:15 p.m. Health Screenings begin
  • 4:30 p.m. Number pickup opens
  • 5:00 p.m. 5K start
  • 5:03 p.m. 5K start waves continue every three minutes
  • 6:35 p.m. 5K start line closes
  • 7:50 p.m. 5K course closes

Sunday Event Day Schedule

  • 5:30 a.m. Parking lots open
  • 5:45 a.m. Health Screenings begin
  • 6:00 a.m. Number pickup opens
  • 6:40 a.m. Elite race start
  • 6:45 a.m. Marathon only waves start
  • 6:50 a.m. Marathon only waves continue every five minutes
  • 7:45 a.m. Half Marathon waves begin
  • 7:50 a.m. Half Marathon waves continue every five minutes
  • 10:30 a.m. Start line closes
  • 2:20 p.m. Finish line closes

Race Number Pickup

All race numbers will be picked up on race day. 5K participants will receive their bibs at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, February 27, 2021 while Half Marathon and Marathon participants will pick up their numbers on Sunday, February 28, 2021. 5K participants cannot pick up their number more than :30 minutes before their start time while marathon and half marathoners can pick up their numbers :45 minutes before their start.

Race number pickup will be located in the plaza located in front of Gate 13 of Atlanta Motor Speedway. T-shirts can be picked up before or after your event at the T-shirt tent near Gate 13 where you will exit the Speedway after running. A third party may pick up your race number for you but only the individual with the unique bib may pick up the associated T-shirt.

To confirm your registration and start time, log in to your existing haku account. You have an existing account if you have already signed up for your 2021 Atlanta Track Club membership or if you registered for this event on this platform. If you registered for the event before we switched to haku, you will need to create an account on haku, you can do so here by entering the email address on file in your registration.

Course

Atlanta Marathon course map*

Atlanta Half Marathon course map*

Atlanta 5K course map*

*As of January 28, 2021. Course subject to change

Course time limit:

Marathon: 6 hours 30 minutes (15 minute per mile pace)

Half Marathon: 3 hours and 30 minutes (16 minute per mile pace)

5K: 1 hour and 15 minutes (25 minutes per mile pace)

Virtual: No course limit for the Virtual Publix Atlanta Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K. You are welcome to complete your distance in the time that feels best for you.

For the safety and enjoyment of all participants, no pets, or wheeled conveyances of any kind, including baby joggers/strollers, roller/inline skates, and bicycles, are permitted on the course. Headphones are strongly discouraged.

List of Prohibited Items

Race Day Registration

Due to COVID-19 and the race-by-appointment format race day registration is not available for this event.

Timing & Results

Unofficial results 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.

COVID SAFETY MEASURES

Atlanta Track Club has adopted specific policies to ensure the safety of all participants, volunteers and staff. All in attendance are expected to comply with the following policies. Atlanta Track Club reserves the right to ask any participant to leave the venue should they not comply.

  • Scheduled start times, 80 runners per wave, separated into two start lines (A & B) every 5 minutes
  • Mask worn at all times (including warmup) but can be removed while participating in the event but must be put back on immediately crossing the finish line.
  • Temperature checks upon entering the venue
  • All participants to bring their own hydration and fuel on course.
  • Social distancing of 6 feet practiced throughout the venue
  • Complete the Health Screening Questionnaire within 24 hours of attending the event. Be prepared to show e-mail confirmation of completion on your phone at check-in

Event Address

Atlanta Motor Speedway - 1500 Tara Pl, Hampton, GA 30228

Start/Finish Area Map

Will Call

Participants who purchased Will Call prior to the announcement of the change in venue will automatically receive a refund for the cost of Will Call.

Course Hydration

All participants must carry their own hydration. No hydration is available on the 5K course. Two refill and fuel stations will be located on the half marathon and marathon course. These stations will be available to half marathoners and marathoners at miles 4 and 7.3 and again for marathoners at miles 10.3, 13.4, 17 and 22.5. Refill stations will include bottled Dasani, Powerade and CLIF shots. No cups will be available - participants must take a full, sealed bottle and carry that or refill their own receptacle. Please do not dispose of water or Powerade bottles on the side of the road - carry the bottle until a recycling receptacle is available.

Virtual Runners

Those selecting the virtual Publix Atlanta Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K race option will be asked to complete their race(s) between Friday, February 26, 2021 and Sunday, February 28, 2021. Results must be submitted by Monday, March 1, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. There is no course limit for the Virtual Publix Atlanta Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K. You are welcome to complete your distance in the time that feels best for you.

Virtual participants will receive a race bib, T-shirt, medal, CLIF bar and Publix buff. Virtual participants who register before Thursday, February 18 at 11:59 p.m. will have their swag items shipped to them prior to event day. Those registering after the deadline will have their race packet sent after race weekend.

Switching Races

Switching Distances

  • In-person participants: In-person participants may switch distances up until race morning. Before the event you may email registration@atlantatrackclub.org or on event day visit the Solutions counter at race number pickup*
  • Virtual participants: Virtual participants wishing to receive the proper bib, medal and shirt related to their distance should switch prior to Thursday, February 18 at 11:59 p.m. by emailing registration@atlantatrackclub.org. If you switch after this date but your items were already mailed, we cannot offer a bib, medal or T-shirt that accurately reflects the new distance.

Switching from Virtual to In-Person

The deadline for virtual participants to switch to the in-person event is Thursday, February 18 at 11:59 p.m. No participant will be allowed to switch to in-person after that date due to the mailing of items before the event. Those wishing to switch should email registration@atlantatrackclub.org.

Switching from In-Person to Virtual

Participants deciding to run their event virtually should email registration@atlantatrackclub.org to inform us of the change. If you make this change prior to February 19, your items will be mailed prior to event day. Those who make this change after that deadline will have their items mailed until AFTER the event.

*If a particular race distance is sold out prior to the event, there will not be an option to switch to that distance. No refunds will be given for switching to a shorter race distance and additional fees will apply for those switching to a longer race distance. For those switching races at race number pickup, shirts will be provided based on availability. Those switching in-person distances mid-race will be disqualified and removed from the results.

Weather Policy

Atlanta Track Club events are held rain or shine. However, the threat of lightning or other severe weather in the vicinity of the event may result in a delay or cancellation. For full details on our event policies, including weather, refunds and cancellations, click here.

Gear Check

Due to COVID-19, Gear Check will not be available in 2021.

STREAKERS

The Publix Atlanta Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K happily continues to celebrate those special runners who have kept their streak going throughout a new name and a new course! Benefits include:

Feature on event webpage

Special gift pickup line on event day

Commemorative beanie

Click here for the 2021 eligible Streaker list

Streakers are defined as participants who have completed any distance of the Publix Atlanta Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K from 2007 to the present. Streakers must have valid results in the race they registered for and finish within the course limit to be eligible the following year. If you are a Streaker and do not see your name on the list, please contact registration@atlantatrackclub.org.

Pace Team

Due to the race-by-appointment structure of this event, pace teams will not be offered in 2021.

Spectators

Spectators are allowed at the 2021 Atlanta Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K but most follow all COVID-19 procedures set forth by Atlanta Track Club including wearing a mask at all times, maintaining a social distance of 6' from other spectators, participants, staff and volunteers and entering the facility through Health Screening where they will have their temperature taken upon arrival. Spectators must also complete the Health Screening Questionnaire no more than 24 hours before attending the event.

Once spectators are cleared to enter the venue it is possible to see your participants at two vantage points within the Speedway. Enter the Speedway through Gate 13 and follow the ramps towards Stair Tower 5. At one point you will cross a bridge over the route where you may watch and cheer on participants. After crossing over the bridge spectators will find themselves in the concourse of the Speedway. You may watch the finish of the events between Sections 139 - 154. At no point will spectators be allowed on the track or in the finish area - spectators must stay within the grandstands.

Start/Finish Area Map

Hotel & Travel

Baymont Inn & Suites - 855 Industrial Blvd., McDonough, GA 30253

Rate = $69.00, Deadline to reserve = February 5, 2021

To make a reservation call: 770-914-0077

Group name to reference: Publix Atlanta Marathon

Hampton Inn McDonough - 250 Avalon Ct., McDonough, GA 30253

Rate = $109.00, Deadline to reserve = February 5, 2021

To make a reservation: http://group.hamptoninn.com/AtlantaMarathon

RV and Primitive Campsites

A limited number of full hook-up sites and primitive campsites are available at Atlanta Motor Speedway for event weekend in the Legends Premiere and Legends Lakeside area. You may reserve a site by contacting Atlanta Motor Speedway directly at (770) 946-4211. Be sure to reference Atlanta's Marathon Weekend when reserving.

  • $35 per night for full hook-ups (water, sewer and electric)
  • $25 per night for primitive spots (shower house / restrooms will be open)

All campers must display permit or security will ask them to vacate. Learn more

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 Atlanta Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K, please email awd@atlantatrackclub.org, 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.

Awards

Due to the race-by-appointment format, both overall awards and age group awards will be based on net time. Overall winners are not eligible for age group awards.

Award ceremonies will not be held on site in 2021. All awards will be mailed to participants after the event.

Marathon awards:

  • Overall Male and Female
  • Masters Male and Female
  • Grandmasters Male and Female

Age group awards will be mailed to the top three finishers in each age division once results are finalized (approximately two weeks after the event:

  • 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80- 84, 85-89, 90-94 and 95+ (excluding the overall winners)

Half Marathon awards:

  • Overall male and female
  • Masters male and female
  • Grandmasters male and female

Age group awards will be mailed to the top three finishers in each age division once results are finalized (approximately two weeks after the event:

  • 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80- 84, 85-89, 90-94 and 95+ (excluding the overall winners)

5K awards:

  • Overall male and female
  • Masters male and female

Age group awards will be mailed to the top three finishers in each age division once results are finalized (approximately two weeks after the event:

  • 10 & under, 11 - 14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80- 84, 85-89, 90-94 and 95+ (excluding the overall winners)

Volunteer

Interested in giving back to the sport of running? Come volunteer with us!

Additional Information

Questions

If you have additional questions regarding the event, please email questions@atlantatrackclub.org.

Elite/Sub-Elite Field

This event will feature an elite/sub-elite wave in both the marathon and half marathon with women aiming to run 2:30-2:45 and 1:12-1:16. There will be pacers for 2:35 - 2:36 and a pacer to be determined for the half marathon.

There is currently no prize money or travel assistance.

There are plans to add a men's elite/sub elite wave focused on the half marathon.

Those interested in being included or with questions should email Eric Heintz.

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