North America

Atlanta, Georgia

Running in Atlanta takes some planning. The city is very spread out and development has been car centric. But things have been improving. If you you are downtown, try to stay in the Midtown area, which provides access to fabulous Piedmont Park, the ever-growing BeltLine trail, and lovely residential areas. In the areas to the north with large concentrations of businesses and hotels (Perimeter, Silver Spring, Alpharetta), there are usually 1–2 good running options — though you might need a car to get there. Further afield, highlights include the Silver Comet Trail to the north, and Stone Mountain to the east.

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Piedmont Park

Atlanta, GA

Piedmont Park is the Crown Jewel of the central Atlanta running scene. The 189 acre park was designed by Olmsted’s sons and features 4–5 miles of fairly hilly paved and gravel running trails, ranging from open meadows to wooded sections.
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Piedmont Park

Atlanta, GA

Piedmont Park is the Crown Jewel of the central Atlanta running scene. The 189 acre park was designed by Olmsted’s sons and features 4–5 miles of fairly hilly paved and gravel running trails, ranging from open meadows to wooded sections.
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Atl Weather WP

Atlanta weather can be great or abysmal for running. Spring is a highlight, with blooming azaleas and dogwoods. Winters are temperate, usually quite runnable. As for summer, there’s the “Hotlanta” road race at the end of August, which should tell the story there. Seriously, be careful in summer. Very hot and humid.

Atl Combo stay

Atlanta is very spread out. There are clusters of hotels in downtown, midtown, Buckhead, Perimeter/Sandy Springs, and Cumberland. The maps below show running areas near downtown/midtown, and clusters of hotels near trails in the north.

There’s a great network of locally owned running stores in Atlanta — at least one for every major geographical area.

Downtown

Closest one is Big Peach in Midtown.

MidTown

Big Peach Running Co. GR Thursday 6:30pm and Sat. 7:30 am.
Phidippides, near Piedmont Park. Group Rune Calendar.

Buckhead

New Balance
West Stride. Group Runs Calendar.

North

Athlete’s Foot, Cumberland Mall.

Perimeter

Run Appeal
Fleet Feet Sandy Springs.  Group Runs, Tuesday 6pm

East/Decatur

Highland Runners
Fleet Feet Decatur. Group Run Wednesdays 6:30pm, Saturday 8am
Big Peach Running Co. Group Run Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30pm

Alpharetta/Cobb

Big Peach Running Co. Group Runs Monday & Wednesday 6:30pm
Road Runner Sports
New Balance

Comprehensive event calendar, courtesy of Atlanta Track Club

Peachtree 10k
.  Apparently the largest 10k in the world. Every July 4