Run Like Hell 5K

Event Date:

Saturday, October 14 at 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Join Historic Oakland Foundation for the 10th annual Run Like Hell 5K! The largest cemetery run in the country, Run Like Hell is one of Atlanta’s favorite neighborhood 5K fundraisers.

Run Like Hell is a Peachtree Road Race qualifier. The race begins at Lion Square and covers several areas of Oakland Cemetery, including the historic Jewish grounds, Confederate section, new Beaumont Allen Greenhouse, Hogpen Corner, Knit Mill, and Roger’s Hill, as well as the Memorial Drive Greenway to the state capitol. The keyhole course is entirely paved and gently rolling with soft turns, a much faster course than previous years!

Walkers, leashed dogs, and strollers are welcome. The race closes out at 1,600 participants, so be sure to register early!

The new route for this year’s Run Like Hell 5K (click to enlarge)

All proceeds from Run Like Hell benefit Historic Oakland Foundation’s mission to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta’s oldest public burial ground. New this year is the opportunity for participants to fundraise beyond the entry fee. As a Run Like Hell 5K fundraiser, you can help HOF raise $5,000 in support of the African American Grounds restoration project.

To become a fundraiser:

Please Note: You can only sign yourself up for fundraising at registration. If you are registering other people, they can sign up to be a fundraiser by accessing the event web page and clicking on the Fundraise/Donate menu item and then clicking the “Become a Fundraiser” button.

  • Click Register Now and complete the registration details
  • Select one of the following donation options:
    • Donate on Behalf of a Fundraising Team
    • Donate on Behalf of an Individual
    • Make a General Donation
    • I don’t want to fundraise or make a donation
  • If donating on behalf of a fundraising team or individual who is already registered, search for their name in the field to the right
  • You can also make a general donation, which will go toward HOF’s $5,000 fundraising goal for the African American Grounds restoration.

If you are registering for more than one person and would like to set up a fundraising team: 

  • Complete race registration for everyone on your team.
  • After registering, click the Fundraising/Donte tab and then click the Become a Fundraiser button to the right
  • Select Create New Team from the dropdown menu
  • Complete the fields, and be sure to set a fundraising goal for your team
  • Click Start Fundraising, and share your team’s fundraising page with your friends and family

The top fundraising individuals and teams will win prizes, including tickets to the acclaimed (and sold out!) Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours.

Registration Fees
$35 until Sept. 15
$40 thereafter until Oct. 11

Registration is limited to 1,600 participants. Registration closes on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at midnight. No race day registration. 

Early pickup will be at Big Peach Running Company. 
Early pickup at Midtown location available from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 12
800 Peachtree Street
Suites B&C
Atlanta, GA 30308

Early pickup at Decatur location available from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday, October 13
114 East Trinity Place
Decatur, GA 30030

Race day packet and T-shirt pick up is from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Lion Square.

Race check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. at Lion Square. Race participants can check bags, jackets, and other items at this time.

Run Like Hell begins at 9 a.m.

After the race stick around for the Run Like Hell awards ceremony and costume contest! Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female finishers in the following age groups:

10 & under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & Over.

Teams of five or more runners are also eligible to win. Teams will participate “cross country style,” and the team with the lowest combined place total for their top five runners wins. A tie will go to the sixth man.

Prizes will also be given to the top costume in the following categories: Best Adult Male, Best Adult Female, Best Group, and Best Dog.

Run Like Hell participants can also take a complimentary guided tour of Oakland Cemetery, offered after the race. Tour guides will give mini tours of the “Sights, Symbols, and Stories of Oakland” guided overview tour.

Check out the Run Like Hell Pop-up Shop at Lion Square and show your race number for a 10% discount on your purchase. Historic Oakland Foundation members receive an additional 10% discount.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Run Like Hell 5K participants can take advantage of these great offers from our sponsors:

10% off retail costumes and makeup (excludes tech items and rentals) & $5 off costume rental
Norcostco Atlanta Costume

Free 30-minute, post-race yoga class near the Run Like Hell finish line.
Corepower Yoga