Oakland Cemetery’s Run Like Hell 5K & Run Like Heck 1K Fun Run is this Saturday, October 15! Thank you for registering for this Peachtree Road Race Qualifier and supporting Historic Oakland Foundation. Please read the following as you prepare for Saturday morning.
There is certainly a festive element to this event, we so encourage you to wear your favorite costume and enter the costume contest following the race!
Getting to Oakland Cemetery
Participants may arrive as early as 7:30 a.m. The Run Like Hell 5K will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the Run Like Heck 1K Fun Run will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Parking is limited at Oakland Cemetery. There is a small parking lot directly outside of the cemetery gates, at the intersection of Oakland Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. Off-street parking is also available in the surrounding Grant Park neighborhood.
We strongly encourage attendees to carpool or utilize MARTA or a car-sharing service like Uber or Lyft. King Memorial is Oakland Cemetery’s nearest MARTA station. Once out of the station, turn south on Grant Street and take a left onto Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, which leads directly to Oakland’s main gate.
Volunteers will be posted throughout the grounds to assist you to Lion Square. Participants who did not pick up their chipped race bib and t-shirt in advance at Phidippides must check-in at tables set up at Lion Square. Check-in is according to last name, and tables will be marked A-L and M-Z. T-shirts will also be available at Lion Square. We will provide a secured area for participants to check any bags, backpacks, jackets, etc.
In advance of the race’s 9 a.m. start, 5K participants will be directed to the start line. The race route covers Oakland Cemetery’s grounds and the Grant Park neighborhood. The finish line is at Oakland Cemetery.
Children and parents participating in the Run Like Heck 1K will be directed to the Fun Run start line in advance of the race’s start at 10:30 a.m.
Water and snacks will be available at Lion Square after the race. Please plan on staying for the awards ceremony, which will recognize:
- 5K category winners
- Best Costumes
- Best Male Costume
- Best Female Costume
- Best Child’s Costume
- Best Group Costume
- Best Dog’s Costume
Costume contest category winners will win a pair of tickets to the sold-out Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours!
Run Like Hell participants are also invited to take a complimentary tour of Oakland Cemetery. The “History, Mystery, and Mayhem” special topic tour is the perfect way to get into the spirit of the season:
With more than 70,000 souls interred in its hallowed grounds, it’s no mystery that Oakland Cemetery has it’s share of the surreal. Hear the stories that defy explanation and eerie events that have passed into local legend, from mysterious burials to deaths occurring under peculiar circumstances. Explore the final resting place of Atlantans both prominent and unknown, but united in Oakland’s rich history. While not all of the endings are happy, these stories helped shape the Atlanta that lives on today.
Additionally, select neighborhood restaurants will offer Run Like Hell participants special discounts. Show your race number for:
- 15% off food at Mezcalito’s Cocina & Tequila Bar. Limit one per customer, must be used on Oct. 15.
- 20% off at Ziba’s Restaurant & Wine Bar (not valid with any other promotions)
Visit the Run Like Hell Pop-Up Shop at Lion Square for one-of-a-kind finds and locally-made crafts. Show your race number for 10% off pop-up shop purchases (and Historic Oakland Foundation members receive an additional 10% discount). Click here to see what’s in store.