The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Bitsy Grant Tennis Center, Atlanta. The course is run entirely on tarmac paths. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.

Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event, please give way to other park users. This won't hurt your time, it won't stop you from getting a PB and it will make sure everyone continues to enjoy the event.

Please, wherever possible walk, jog, cycle or use public transport when attending the event. If you do have to drive, please consider car-sharing to reduce our impact on both the environment and other park users. Please also watch out for other park users when arriving and leaving. Parking may be limited so try to arrive early.

Course Safety

The Northside Beltline parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the run as safe as possible, so runners, spectators and helpers are asked to take care about the following:

  • Please be considerate to the park and other park users at all times.
  • Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied (within arm's reach) throughout the run by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice.
  • Please arrive by foot, by pedal-power or by public transport if you can - your efforts help to reduce our impact on the park and the planet.
  • Please consider volunteering to help occasionally - this event survives only because of your generosity - please visit the volunteer page for more information.
  • Take care near roads and car parks - some vehicles drive very quickly. Please congregate away from the cars and be careful in particular if you have children. If you’re driving to the run, please drive carefully even if you’re late!
  • When running, take care on uneven surfaces - whether on grass or on tarmac. Watch out for cyclists, other runners, pedestrians, children, dogs, wildlife, park animals, vehicles, park maintenance work, falling branches, bollards, posts and other obstacles around the course.
  • Please ensure that you are fit enough to walk, jog, run 5k (3.1 miles) with us. Health advice about running can be found at the excellent Runners' Medical Resource website (although this external website focuses on preparation for a race and does not describe parkrun events).
  • Remember to warm up before the run.
  • If you see a runner with a serious problem, please stop to help them out and get help as soon as possible.
  • If you’re watching, keep clear of runners on the course, and look after any children and dogs you may have with you.
  • It is not permitted to run with a pushchair and a dog at the same time.
  • Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or harness and under control throughout the event. Please also review the parkrun support page article about running with a dog at parkrun events.
  • Runners pushing buggies are also welcome, but please take extreme care of other runners around you. If possible start from the back of the field and try to keep to one side of the main body of runners.
  • Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks. Consider protecting yourself by wearing repellent when at parkrun events in grassy or wooded areas. See lymediseaseuk.com for further details.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Northside Beltline parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help athletes compare results.

Age Grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age group to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance. The scores can also be compared across different race distances - to allow you to, for example, compare a 5km time against a marathon.

For more information, please see our Support page.

Course Map

Course Description

This is an out and back course on a new paved surface along the Beltline Trail. It starts at the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center and runs for a short part along on the NW Beltline Connector Trail then heads along the Northside Beltline Trail for the majority of the route. Participants will enjoy being surrounded by trees for first portion and then alongside golf course for second portion.

Facilities

The Bitsy Grant Tennis Center has a small café and restroom facilities which we are permitted to use.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts next to the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Take the number 12 Marta bus [Howell Mill - Cumberland] from Midtown Station to the corner of Howell Mill and Collier Rd. Walk on Howell Mill and take a right on Northfleet Rd, cross over Northside Drive to arrive at Bitsy Grant Tennis Center.

Getting there on foot

From the corner of Howell Mill and Collier Rd, walk on Howell Mill and take a right on Northfleet Rd, cross over Northside Drive to arrive at Bitsy Grant Tennis center.

Getting there by road

  • Heading north on Northside Drive, turn right into the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center after Overbrook Drive.
  • Heading south on Northside Drive, turn left into the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center after the Bobby Jones golf course.
Ample free parking in the covered deck next to Bitsy Grant Tennis Center.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café - please come and join us!