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<p>The Atlanta Track Club has finally posted the new 1/2 marathon course on Thanksgiving Day (there is no marathon course any longer) and it's a really good course.  Hills are a fact of life in Atlanta, including the monster hill we ran in the former 1/2 marathon course just before the final turn going towards the finish line at Turner Field - you didn't really expect them to take that out did you? <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/lol.gif" style="width:15px;height:15px;" title="">   It's a loop course, convenient parking if you don't want to ride Marta, especially with their cuts in service. </p>
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<p>You have 3.5 hours to complete the course in.  Starting from Turner Field you'll go through parts of downtown, midtown, Piedmont Park, Auburn Avenue, around historic Oakland Cemetery (where Margaret Mitchell, along with many Confederate Veterans is buried) and then up then down Mitchell Street to turn and go up that monster hill before turning toward Turner Field.   I'll be pacing the last pace group of 2.5 hours so if you want to run a 11.27 pace come run with Socks (the other pace leader) and me.  If you wish to run faster there are pace groups from 1.5 to 2.5 hours sponsored by Adidas so you'll see me modeling an Adidas running outfit and shoes.</p>
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<p>You can register for the Atlanta half marathon at <a href="http://www.atlantatrackclub.org" target="_blank">www.atlantatrackclub.org</a>.      </p>
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<p><a href="http://atlantahalfmarathon.org/documents/download/atlanta-half-marathon-course-map" target="_blank">http://atlantahalfmarathon.org/documents/download/atlanta-half-marathon-course-map</a></p>
 

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<p>Why did they drop the full marathon?  Months ago I had planned on making this a destination race.  What's the use of going now?  I mean, running a half marathon only earns you half a turkey for dinner...</p>
 

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<p>The Atlanta Track Club  dropped the full because it never attracted more than 1,000 runners, probably due in the part to the date (Thanksgiving morning) and in part to the fact it was a boring course with no spectators other than the volunteers.   Also, the ATC felt like it was not fair  to  request volunteers to give up 5 hours of their Thanksgiving morning for such low participation.  The 1/2 marathon on the other hand attracted 8 to 10 thousand runners, mostly locals and although it was  on the backside of the same marathon course with no spectators it was a popular race to run before enjoying Turkey and all it's trimmings in the afternoon.  </p>
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<p>When the  Georgia Marathon came into existence about three  years ago it further deleted local interest in running a marathon in November when you could run a much more scenic and spectator friendly course in late March/early April.   The Georgia Marathon also attracted a lot more marathon runners and kept pace with if not a slightly higher  number of 1/2 marathon runners than the ATC race has.  There had been suggestions to the Atlanta Track Club over the years to move the date and/or change the marathon course but for whatever reason they chose not to do so and eventually some other runners came up with the idea of running a marathon course that showed off more of the city and would involve various neighborhood groups participating. </p>
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<p>Bottom line:  If you want to run a marathon in Atlanta, run the Georgia marathon in late March/early April (<a href="http://www.georgiamarathon.com" target="_blank">www.georgiamarathon.com</a>).   You can run a 1/2 marathon in either November or March or both events.  All are well organized.</p>
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