Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon
Attend Atlanta’s biggest Thanksgiving pre-game
This event may have been changed due to COVID-19 outbreak precautions. Please check official event and venue websites to confirm the status.
When: This event has been canceled for 2020; the Peachtree Road Race will take place virtually on November 26-29 for 2020.
Where: Georgia State Stadium (formerly Turner Field)
Not only does the Atlanta Track Club organize the world’s largest 10K, but it also whips locals and visitors into shape at their annual Invesco QQQ Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon, 5K, Mile and Dash. Here are a few reasons why both spectators and runners should attend this Atlanta Turkey Day tradition.
Reasons to go to the Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon, 5k, mile and dash
- You can eat as much as you can at the table without the guilt since you already worked off all those calories.
- The half marathon’s course twists and turns through historic and beautiful neighborhoods including Inman Park, Old Fourth Ward, Grant Park and Little Five Points, giving runners a glimpse at the city’s quiet residential areas.
- While Georgia State Stadium serves as the starting and finish line for the race, spectators can also watch from other popular Atlanta sites including the Capitol Building, Centennial Olympic Park, Atlantic Station, Piedmont Park and Historic Oakland Cemetery.
- Whether running or watching from the sidelines, this event is a family affair. And no matter your age or fitness level, there’s a variety of distances for everyone.
- After crushing it on the course, runners receive a medal, a Mizuno t-shirt, free photos, and a post-race pie!
- Whether it’s wearing a turkey hat or dressing up as your favorite Thanksgiving dish, participants and attendees are known to arrive in style to celebrate the popular festivity.
- The annual holiday race draws thousands of participants, which means a lot of cars and road closures. Plan ahead and take MARTA to the Georgia State rail stop then catch a bus (or enjoy a short walk) to Georgia State Stadium.
- Since it is a consistently sold-out event year to year, the Atlanta Track Club advises runners to register online a week early to reserve their spot.
- Run the race with ease by making a playlist the night before, studying the course map, and dressing in layers. Clothes that are shed at the starting line are washed and donated to charity.
- Although the city is known for being rather warm, late November for us means low 60s to mid-50s temperatures. Depending on your natural comfort level, prepare by looking at the weather report ahead of time, dressing accordingly and bringing your own chairs and/or blankets.
- Whether it’s noisemakers or home-made signs, Atlanta’s race spectators provide encouragement all throughout the course for runners. Get creative with your signs and banners; you can never have too much glitter.
Know before you go
What time does the Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon and 5K start?
The Thanksgiving Day 5K starts at 7:30am and the Half Marathon starts at 7:45am.
Where does the Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon and 5K start?
The starting line for the Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon and 5K is along Hank Aaron Drive next to the Georgia State Stadium (formerly known as Turner Field). View and download course maps.
How much does it cost to particpate in the Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon and 5K?
Costs vary for the different races included in the Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon, 5K, Mile and Dash. The 50m Dash is free to participate in. The Mile race costs $10 for registrants 15 years and older (14 and younger are free). Costs to participate in the Half Marathon and 5K vary depending on when you register; costs for the Half Marathon range from $60-$95 and costs for the 5K range from $25-$50. The sooner you register for these two races, the cheaper the entry fee.
Thanksgiving Day Marathon contact info
Georgia State Stadium Contact Information
755 Hank Aaron Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
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