***Update 3:32pm on July 6th. Course Map is 100 percent ready. Still double check the night before for any last minute changes. We don’t think there will be, but just in case.
Up the large driveway onto the trail
Make a right on the Westside Beltline Trail
Rat Tunnel right before Mile 1
The bridge is almost done (BUT ISN’T) at Mile 2.1 over Martin Luther King Dr.
It looks like you can go right across, as in this photo – BUT YOU CAN’T – The only way down is on a ladder on the other side, that is NOT safe to go down.
So, you will have to walk around the construction of the bridge and cross the street that way.
At Mile 2.3, they are in the middle of construction. So step over the yellow and orange plastic barriers and continue onwards. (Stay on dirt and woods-Do NOT change direction by getting on the concrete)
Then Washington Park tennis courts will be on your right
Right after the tennis courts end, at Mile 2.5. Stay to the left. (Do NOT go right towards the playground)
There is a little path you stay on as you bear left and go down a hill. It looks like this.
There is a fence to the left.
Stay close to that fence and it will lead you up to Stratford Street at Mile 2.6
Next at Mile 2.74, Go right on Mobile Street
Take Mobile Street over the Marta Line and then and immediate LEFT onto Mayson Turner Ave at Mile 2.82
Then Left on Joseph E Boone at Mile 2.86 and then IMMEDIATELY cross the street and run across the red and white wooden fence next to a shut down store.
Climb over guard rail and run through some litter covered trail. There is some garbage. Don’t be afraid. It will be over shortly. Stay in the woods a short hop.
You then hit concrete at Mile 2.94 next to “The Wire Apartments”
Short jog past these apartments which end at Mile 3.
Turn left at last building then take a quick jog. Now look to your right to get back on the trail on top of some doors to your right.
There has been lots of spring growth so it may not look exactly like this, bust close.
Shorly after re-entering this trail, at Mile 3.05, the Marta fence is on your right. Hug that fence and keep going.
At Mile 3.08 you run up a steep, short, hill.
You then come out onto the railroad tracks at Mile 3.10 and go right towards Maddox park. (You will now be following LIVE train tracks for another mile plus)
Next you will come upon Stand By Me Jr. Bridge at Mile 3.23
You may cross this bridge easily. However, there are trains that come through the area. So pay attention.
If you don’t feel safe. You can go down to the street and climb up the other side, it will take longer obviously.
You will pass Maddox Park on your right at Mile 3.39 (There may be some locals hanging out there, they are harmless)
COURSE CHANGE (AND NEW FROM LAST YEAR)
Hard right at first track after Maddox Park Bridge, it goes under Marietta Blvd.
Walk down over the garbage and what not, down to the tracks.
Cross ALL 6 tracks. The 7th set is the last set before the kudzu. Look to your right, you should see downtown Atlanta.
Go LEFT Instead. It should look like this.
Take this and go and it will lead to going under Howell Mill Road.
POTENTIAL WATER AND NUTRITION STOP.
Just after running over Northside Drive, you can easily get off the track to your left. You can see a building called Onyx. Exit there and go right on Northside Drive. There is a Shell gas station less than .1 miles up on the right. Be sure to come back the way you came so you don’t miss any course should you choose to make this stop.
At Mile 7, there are some apartments to the right
At Mile 7.29 you will go over the paved Northside Beltline and Ardmore Park, but don’t go down there, stay straight on the tracks.
At mile 7.92, you may pass a sleeping bum as you go under Peachtree Road.
At Mile 8 there are some apartments to your right
This is an uneventful mile until you get close to Mile 9, which is a MAJOR course shift
You will approach a mini bridge right at Mile 9
Take an immediate right off the tracks and up the hill.
Then left at the top of hill at the yellow post towards Armour Drive. (not back over the bridge you just went under).
This is where the Mile 9 Aid Station Will Be. We guarantee water. There may be additional snacks, but H20, absolutely.
Run along the tracks farthest to the left.
At Mile 9.4. the tracks curve left under the Marta Line and then under I-85 towards the Ansley Golf Course (and eventually Piedmont Park)
At Mile 9.7 Ansley Golf Course is on your right
At Mile 9.97 office chair on the left
Mile 10-11 – Halfway Home
At Mile 10.6, you are at the blue gates which take you to the north side of Piedmont Park.
Amsterdam Walk Shopping Center is on your left at Mile 10.9. Stay straight on the gravel road. Do NOT venture right into Piedmont Park
You can leave the trail and head into Amsterdam Walk and find a restroom or a place to refill water if need be. Be sure to start back where you left the trail as to not miss any part of the course.
At Mile 11.5, You will run into Monroe and 10th. This will be the beginning of the paved (and highly populated) East Side Belt Line. There are several places here to find hydration, nutrition and restrooms.
Wave to people. Say hello. Enjoy that you are among the human race again. This is the most people you will see all day along your route.
At Mile 12.13, you will run over Ponce De Leon and hit what is now the bustling Ponce City Market to your right and the world famous “Murder/but they are trying to call it Beltline/but it’s getting torn down anyway Kroger” to your left.
Bathroom and refueling opportunities abound here.
It is also along this section you may several pool parties . It will be half naked people laughing and drinking. Your brain will tell you that you should be there instead. Your mind is not your friend. Your heart knows you are doing exactly what you should be going. Plus deep down those people wish they could be you .
Stay on The BeltLine until it ends at Irwin Street at Mile 13.42.
Icebox is on your immediate left.
Krog Street Market is catty-corner away from you now to the left. This place is also known as The Hipster Apocalypse. Lots of places to stop and bathroom and refuel. (Just don’t say we sent you).
Stay straight on Bill Kennedy Way. You will be running over Interstate 20.