Picture 15On March 21, the best long distance runners in the nation will flock to Atlanta to showcase their skill in the ING Georgia Marathon. The marathon is a two for one for visitors of the city: a great event as well as an excuse to see all of Atlanta.

The staging area for the start and finish is in Centennial Olympic Park in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Participants will then run downtown through Georgia State University, over the Jackson Street bridge, and then onto the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic District by the house where Dr. King was born. The course continues weaving its way through the Poncey-Highland, the Agnes Scott College campus, by quaint Decatur Square. Runners will then tear through the Emory University campus, and through the Druid Hills and Virginia-Highland neighborhoods. The race finishes with a run through Midtown across to the Georgia Tech campus, and the runners will return downtown via Marietta Street to cross the finish line in the park!

After a champion is crowned the real fun begins in Centennial Olympic Park where there will be plenty of food and fun to go around for the whole afternoon.