Atlanta Marathon Hits the Streets Sunday

Street closure alert! The 50th running of the event will wind through Virginia-Highland on Sunday.


The Atlanta Track Club’s 2012 Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay will run through the neighborhood on Sunday.

Last year, nearly 1,200 marathon participants and 300 relay teams toed the line and a big turnout is expected for this weekend's event, as well. Sunday will mark the 50th running of the Atlanta Marathon, which was previously held in conjunction with the Atlanta Half Marathon on Thanksgiving Day.

There will be full and partial street closures during the event, but each street that’s affected will be reopened as the race passes.

The 26.2-mile course starts and finishes at Midtown’s Atlantic Station and gives runners a tour of Atlanta. Runners will pass through the downtown area, past Turner Field, then Grant Park, Memorial Drive, Little Five Points, the Highland Avenue area, Piedmont Park, La Vista Road, the Lindbergh Drive area and Peachtree Road before returning to Atlantic Station.

The marathon course has a 6½ hour time limit (14:53 mile pace) and will close once marathoners doing a 6½ hour pace have passed.

For a full closure list and route map, see the PDFs attached to this article. Here's the street closure information for the Virginia-Highland area:

Streets on the Course in the Direction of the Race Lanes Closed Approx. Closing Time Approx. Opening Time Jackson Street from Irwin Street to Highland Ave.  Right side of road  7:50 a.m.  10:15 a.m. Highland Ave. from Jackson Street to Elizabeth Street  Right side of road  7:50 a.m.  10:30 a.m. Highland Ave. from Elizabeth Street to Drewry Street  Right side of road  7:55 a.m.  10:45 a.m. Highland Ave. from Drewry Street to Virginia Ave.  Right side of road  8:00 a.m.  10:45 a.m. Virginia Ave. from Highland Ave. to Park Drive  Right side of road  8:00 a.m.  10:55 a.m. Park Drive from Virginia Ave. to Piedmont Park  Entire Road  8:05 a.m.  11:00 a.m.  Enter Piedmont Park off of Park Drive  Exit at 14 St. and Piedmont Ave.  8:05 a.m.  11:10 a.m. Piedmont Road from 14th Street to E. Morningside Drive  Right lane  8:10 a.m.  11:30 a.m. E. Morningside Dr. from Piedmont Road to E. Rock Spring Rd.  Right side of road  8:15 a.m.  11:40 a.m. E. Rock Spring Road from E. Morningside Dr. to Johnson Rd.  Right side of road  8:20 a.m.  11:45 a.m. Johnson Road from E. Rock Spring Road to Briarcliff Road  Right side of Road  8:20 a.m.  12:00 p.m. Briarcliff Road from Johnson Road to Shepherds Lane  left lane 8:20 a.m.  12:00 p.m. Shepherds Lane from Briarcliff Road to LaVista Road  Right side of road  8:25 a.m.  12:10 p.m. LaVista Road from Shepherds Lane to Cheshire Bridge Road  Right side of road  8:30 a.m.  12:25 p.m.

MARTA bus routes that will be affected by the race include:


Expect significant delays for routes:


Buses that are rerouted:


Reroutes will be as follows:

Route 1 Five Points Station (Inbound)

Regular route

Route 1 Coronet Way (Outbound) projected time 7 a.m.-8:15 a.m.

Continue North Ave.

Right-Tech Pkwy.

Left-Means St.

Right-Marietta St.

Regular route

Route 2 North Ave. Station (Inbound) 7:50 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Continue Moreland Ave.

Left-Ponce DeLeon Ave.

Regular route

Route 2 Candler Park Station (Outbound)

Regular Route

Route 2 Decatur Station Station (Outbound)

Regular route


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