The Atlanta Half Marathon presented by Northside Hospital (ages 14 and up) on Thursday, November 26 is among the largest half marathons in the US. The event, which attracts thousands of runners and walkers each year, is a great way to earn your turkey on Thanksgiving Day. Below is general information that you will find useful for race day. 

Download the 2014 Participant Instructions here for event information.  


The Atlanta Half Marathon starts and finishes on Capitol Ave. / Hank Aaron Dr. just outside of Turner Field in downtown Atlanta. 

Start Time:

Atlanta Half Marathon - 7:30 a.m.

All participants need to line up in the correct start waves indicated on their race number. Learn more about start waves here.

Getting There:

The Atlanta Half Marathon starts and ends at Turner Field. View driving instructions here.


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.

Gear Check:

As part of our efforts to give back to the community, Atlanta Track Club is holding a clothing drive. WE WILL NOT OFFER GEAR CHECK, but we ask that you wear warm-up clothing items that can be donated to the event. You will be able to discard your additional clothing at the start and Atlanta Track Club will collect, wash and donate to local shelters.

Shirt and Awards:

All Atlanta Half Marathon participants will receive a Mizuno performance apparel item 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 and grandmasters male and female finishers on race morning. Age group awards will be mailed to the top three finishers in each age division – 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80+ (excluding the overall winners).  Awards will be mailed once results are finalized (approximately 30 days after the event). 

Prize Money:

Atlanta Track Club is awarding up to a $4900 prize purse between the Atlanta Half Marathon and Thanksgiving Day 5K.

The overall winning male and female will each earn $500 in the Atlanta Half Marathon and $250 in the Thanksgiving Day 5K. There’s added incentive for Atlanta Track Club members to compete in the half marathon, as the amount awarded to the overall male and female doubles if the winner is also a club member. Prize money will also be awarded in the categories of Masters, Grandmasters, Atlanta Track Club Member, Atlanta Track Club Member-Masters and Atlanta Track Club Member- Grandmasters. Eligible participants can earn awards in multiple categories. To be eligible for Atlanta Track Club Member categories, the participant must be a member in good standing prior to November 20. 

For full details on 2014 Atlanta Half Marathon and Thanksgiving Day 5K Prize Money.

Course Limit:

The half marathon course has a 3 ½ hour time limit (16 minute mile pace). The course will close once half marathoners doing a 3 ½ hour 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.

Fluids and Fuel:

Dasani water will be located in the start area and fluid stations with water and POWERADE will be located along the half marathon course approximately every two miles. A fuel station with Jelly Belly Sport Beans will be located near mile eight.  Portable toilets will be located just past each fluid station along the course.

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

Event Alert System

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.