2013 Adopt a Marathon Mile Organizations Announced

Atlanta Track Club has selected 25 nonprofit organizations and neighborhood associations to participate in its 2013 Adopt a Marathon Mile program during the Atlanta Marathon, 10 Mile, 5K presented by American Family Insurance and Kids’ Fun Run on Sunday, October 27. Organizations will “adopt” a mile along the route in exchange for a donation from Atlanta Track Club. Up to $187,500 will be awarded among the participating organizations.

This year, organizations were selected based on their work to improve health and fitness in the metro Atlanta community. Adopt a Marathon Mile organizations will provide volunteers to assist Atlanta Track Club at water stops along the marathon course, create “cheer zones” to motivate event participants and assist with cleanup efforts following the event.

“Atlanta Track Club is excited to partner with 25 fantastic organizations that are committed to promoting health and fitness throughout the metro Atlanta community,” said Sue Payne, director of community outreach and membership at Atlanta Track Club. “Giving back to the community we run through is one of Atlanta Track Club’s top priorities, and we are honored to be able to do this through our Adopt a Marathon Mile program,”   

Organizations that meet the minimum requirements on the day of the event will receive a base donation of $3,500. Up to $7,500 can be earned by organizations that offer extra course support through the Adopt a Marathon Mile bonus points system. Points will be awarded based on categories including the number of volunteers, creativity at the cheer zone, support of runners and signage and promotion of the nonprofit, among others. The 2013 Adopt a Marathon Mile participants are:

Ashford Park Run Club
Georgia Foundation for Public Education
Back on My Feet Atlanta
Girls on the Run Atlanta
Boy Scouts of America
Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta
Briar Vista Elementary PTO
Great Pyrenees Rescue of Atlanta
Candler Park Neighborhood Organization
Historic Oakland Foundation
Centennial Place School Foundation
Center for Puppetry Arts
Kate's Club
Center for the Visually Impaired
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation
Lionheart School
Decatur Bulldog Boosters
Miles for Cystic Fibrosis
Piedmont Park Conservancy
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Rockdale Special Olympics
Fit City Kennesaw

The Atlanta Marathon will start and finish at Atlantic Station and features a challenging course that takes participants on a tour of Atlanta past well-known sites and neighborhoods including Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium, CNN Center, Turner Field, The King Center, Grant Park, Virginia-Highland, Piedmont Park, Buckhead and along stretches of Peachtree Road.  

The new 10 Mile event will start at Piedmont Park and follow the last 10 miles of the Atlanta Marathon course, while both the 5K presented by American Family Insurance and Kids’ Fun Run events will take place at Atlantic Station.  To register or for more information on the Atlanta Marathon, 10 Mile, 5K presented by American Family Insurance or Kids’ Fun Run, visit atlantamarathon.org. Registration is available through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23.