The Thanksgiving Day 5K, Mashed Potato Mile and Gravy Gallop on Thursday, November 26 give runners, walkers and kids the opportunity to participate in the morning’s festivities before cheering on the half marathoners at the finish line. Below is general information that you will find useful for race day.

Download the 2014 Participant Instructions here for information about the event. 

Location:

The Thanksgiving Day 5K starts and finishes at Turner Field. 

The Mashed Potato Mile and Gravy Gallop start and finish outside of Turner Field on Ralph David Abernathy Blvd.  

Start Time:

  • Thanksgiving Day 5K (ages 8 and up) – 8:00 a.m.
  • Gravy Gallop (ages 6 and under) – 9:15 a.m.*
  • Mashed Potato Mile (ages 7 & older, open to adults) – 9:30 a.m.*

Participants in all events should plan on being at the start 15-20 minutes prior to their event start time.

For the safety of all participants in the Thanksgiving Day events, no wheeled means of conveyances (i.e., bikes, skates, baby joggers) are permitted in the race.

*All participants in the Mashed Potato Mile event must be registered race participants; there will be a wave available for registered adults/parents wanting to run with their children. Parents of Gravy Gallop participants will be allowed to run with their children without registering for the event.

Getting There:

The Thanksgiving Day 5K, Mashed Potato Mile and Gravy Gallop are all staged at Turner Field. View driving instructions here.

Parking:

Free parking is available at Turner Field in the Gold, Orange, Green, Blue, Red, Grey and Brown lots. Click HERE for a map of Turner Field Parking. If you are planning to drive to the start, please consider carpooling and keep in the mind that roads around Turner Field will be closed for the event, so please plan accordingly. A complete list of road closures can be found HERE.

Course Limit:

The 5K course has a 1 hour and 15 minute hour time limit (25 minute mile pace). The course will close once participants doing a 25 minute per mile pace have passed.  The course time limit will go into effect as the last wave of runners crosses the start line.

For the safety of all participants in the Thanksgiving Day events, no wheeled means of conveyances (i.e., bikes, skates, baby joggers) are permitted in the race.

Shirts and Awards:

All Thanksgiving Day 5K participants will receive a long-sleeve performance shirt and finisher's medal.

5K awards will be given on race day to the overall male and female finishers and to the first masters male and female finishers. Age group awards will be mailed to the top three in each age division – 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75 - 79, and 80+ (excluding the overall winners).  Awards will be mailed approximately 30 days after the event once results are finalized. 

Mashed Potato Mile and Gravy Gallop participants will receive a long-sleeve cotton T-shirt and commemorative medal.

Fluids and Fuel:

Dasani water will be available at the start of the Thanksgiving Day 5K, and an aid station with water and POWERADE will be located at the halfway point of the 5K.  Dasani water and POWERade will also be available in the finish areas for the Thanksgiving Day 5K, Mashed Potato Mile and Gravy Gallop. 

Race-Day Photos:

MarathonFoto will photograph you multiple times throughout the race course as well as before and after the race. Smile when you see the photographers and make sure your bib number is clearly centered and visible so they can identify you. View and order your photos within 3 to 4 days after the race at marathonfoto.com.

Event Alert System

The current event alert level is LOW / GREEN.

Below is a chart outlining the official Event Alert System (EAS) of the Atlanta Half Marathon and Thanksgiving Day 5K. 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.