It has certainly been a while since my last post, and I apologize for that! I had taken a short break from running after taking on the LA marathon last month. All my friends ran the Publix Georgia Half Marathon, which was that very same weekend. Perhaps the torrential downpour that went through LA during the race was a sign that I should have stayed home to run in Atlanta.
Now that I’m rested up (for the most part) and back to running, we’ll be taking a quick break from the Piedmont Park area to cover another amazing area of the city! In fact, there’s so much to cover that I will only be able to talk about bits and pieces of the surrounding areas of this running route.
The Atlanta Track Club is hosting the inaugural Spring Has Sprung 8K & 15K this Saturday, and several of my friends and I did a dress rehearsal on the course this past weekend. Here is the route we ran (GarminConnect data: Part 1, Part 2. MapMyRun). The GarminConnect data was divided into two, so if you are interested in looking at the 15k route, you’ll need to view both routes to get the full path, or you can look at the MapMyRun link for the entire route I ran.
Anyway, aside that this is a course route for an upcoming race, it is also a very interesting running route because it gives you a taste of some of the exciting areas to run in around Atlanta. With the course you’ll be running through pieces of Inman Park, Old Fourth Ward, Poncey-Highland, Freedom Park, Little 5 Points and Candler Park. Just be especially prepared for the hills of North Avenue! Below is a snapshot of what you might see when running through this area:
If you are familiar with the Atlanta Women’s 5K route, then this route will take you to the final hill of that course in Candler Park. Candler Park is a wonderful neighborhood to run!
King of Pops
If you’ve heard of the local vendor King of Pops, you may catch the cart near North Avenue and North Highland Avenue. This popsicle stand has several locations around Atlanta, and offers some very interesting flavors!
Right at the intersection of North Avenue and North Highland Avenue is the popular Manuel’s Tavern. Several runners and I have collaborated for trivia there in the past. It is also currently home to the growing Santa Speedo Run that takes place in December.
Atlanta Cupcake Factory
Near that intersection is the Atlanta Cupcake Factory (if you venture a bit north on North Highland from North Avenue) for any of you with a sweet tooth!
Freedom Park & Inman Park
If you venture a bit south instead, you’ll immediately run into the Freedom Park and Inman Park area. This area is very gorgeous for running and cycling (you’ll find many doing both on nice days). There are paths from the Path Foundation that you can take; they’ll lead you to Candler Park! During the spring time, Inman Park has a popular festival that may be worth checking out (it’s coming up soon)!
Little Five Points & the Variety Playhouse
If you look at the second route I linked (the second half of the 15K race), you will be taking North Avenue down to Moreland Avenue. Taking this route will bring you straight into the heart of Little 5 Points. There are many interesting vintage clothing stores, a records store, places to hang out, eat and several spots for watching live music shows (such as the Variety Playhouse pictured below).
There is just too much to cover in just one post. Fortunately, I do quite a bit of running in these individual areas so they will get more coverage in the future!
Now I want to know… What is your favorite neighborhood in Atlanta to run through?