The Atlanta Marathon (ages 18 and up) is the perfect opportunity for both first-timers and seasoned runners to discover Atlanta one mile at a time, while achieving their marathon goals. Below is general information regarding the event.


October 26, 2014


The Atlanta Marathon starts and finishes at Atlantic Station.

Start Time

Atlanta Marathon- 7 a.m.

Getting to the Race and Parking

Plenty of parking will be available on race day in the Atlantic Station parking garage. The fee is $5 payable on entrance into the deck; participants will receive a voucher to present upon exit. The deck will be staffed beginning at 5 a.m. on event day. 

Please plan on arriving at least one hour prior to the start to allow plenty of time to park, check in your gear and get to the start line.

Below are directions for getting to the race:

From I-85 Southbound
Head south on I-85 exit 17th Street. Turn right on 17th Street. Atlantic Station will be on your right, and signs will direct you to the parking deck.

From I-75 Southbound
Head south on I-75, exit on Northside Drive and take a right. Continue straight on Northside Drive until you reach 17th Street. Turn left onto 17th Street. Atlantic Station will be on your left, and signs will direct you to the parking deck. 

From I-75/85 Northbound
Head north, and exit on 17th Street. Turn left on 17th Street. Atlantic Station will be on your right, and signs will direct you to the parking deck.

Please note- 16th Street will close at 6:45 a.m. on race morning.

Safety and Security 

  • Pack light: Leave backpacks and unnecessary items at home. If you don’t need it, don’t bring it. Please note that Camelbaks® and any other type of hydration backpacks are now prohibited.*  (Water stations will be located at the start of all Atlanta Marathon events, and fluid stations with water and POWERADE will be located every mile and a half along the marathon and 10 mile courses.)
  • See something, say something: If you see something suspicious, contact the nearest police officer or call 911.
  • Utilize the clear plastic bags for gear check: Items in anything other than the clear plastic bags distributed at number pick-up will not be accepted in the gear check area on race day.
  • Be familiar with the Event Alert System (EAS): Colored flags will be located at the start line, along the course at the water stations and at the finish areas. The flags will communicate the specific alert level based on a variety of factors, including weather conditions. Participants can learn more about the EAS system at

*The decision to prohibit these items was based on similar protocol at other marathon events across the country and was made in collaboration with the Atlanta Police Department.

Gear Check

Gear check will be available on race day. Learn more about it here.

Course Time Limit

The marathon course has a 6 ½ hour time limit (approximately 15 minute mile mile pace). The course will close once marathoners doing a 6 ½ hour pace have passed. Learn more about the course here.

Fluids and Fuel

Water will be located in the start area and fluid stations with water and POWERade will be located along the marathon course approximately every mile and a half, and fuel stations will be located near miles eight and 20.

Cheer Zones

Cheer zones will be featured along the course through the ATC's Adopt a Marathon Mile program. View pictures of the cheer zones from past Atlanta Marathons here.

Shirts and Awards

All Atlanta Marathon participants will receive a long-sleeve 1/4-zip performance shirt, pint glass and a commemorative finisher's medal.

Awards will be given on race day to the overall male and female finishers and to the first masters male and female finishers. Awards will be mailed to the top three in each age division – 18-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75+.


MarathonFoto will be present along the course and at the start/finish area to capture your race memories. You will receive an e-mail with a link to your pictures 1-2 weeks after the event. Any questions regarding race photos should be directed to MarathonFoto at (800) 247-3435.

Post-Race Party

After the race, finishers, family and friends can celebrate in the post-race area. Live music will be provided for everyone to enjoy.

Timing and Results

All participants in the Atlanta Marathon will be timed using the ChronoTrack B-Tag timing system. The lightweight timing tag stays attached to the back of the race number and does not get removed.  The B-Tag allows each runner’s time to start as they cross the start line, and their net finish time is calculated when the runner crosses the finish line.

Results and Atlanta Marathon finisher's certificates will be available the evening of October 26, 2014. 

Event Alert System

Below is a chart outlining the official Event Alert System (EAS) of the Atlanta Marathon. Colored flags indicating the status of the event will be present at the start and finish areas, as well as along the course.  The EAS will communicate conditions of the race course to participants, volunteers and staff on race day.    

Colored flags will be located at the start line, along the course and in the finish line area.  The flags will inform participants of specific alert levels which range from Low (Green) to Moderate (Yellow) to High (Red) to Extreme (Black) and are based on a variety of factors including weather conditions.