Run Like Hell 5K at Oakland Cemetery

Runners await the start of Run Like Hell on a beautiful morning at Historic Oakland Cemetery. Credit: Krista Turner

Runners await the start of Run Like Hell on a beautiful morning at Historic Oakland Cemetery. Credit: Krista Turner

Don a bonnet and race through Atlanta’s Historic Oakland Cemetery in a one-of-a-kind event that’s a heck of a lot of fun.

Lace up your running shoes – oh, and don’t forget to don your favorite fun costume – in preparation to Run Like Hell or Run Like Heck through Atlanta’s Historic Oakland Cemetery, April 12, in the one-of-a-kind family-fun event, Run Like Hell: Pushing Up Daisies Edition, presented by the Historic Oakland Cemetery Foundation. New this year – the beloved race has moved from fall to spring and is now an electronically-chipped Peachtree Road Race qualifier!

There’s no better time to feast the eyes on the rolling hills of Oakland’s verdant green paths and soak up the spring blooms of Oakland’s and neighboring Grant Park’s magnificent gardens than during a spring jaunt through one of Atlanta’s most sacred grounds. Push your limits with the Pushing up Daisies edition of the well-loved Run Like Hell 5K, or let little ones Run Like Heck during a 1K fun run.

: Even the smallest runners can enjoy the Run Like Heck Fun Run. Run Like Heck, the annual 1K, begins at 10:30 am on Saturday, April 12. Credit: Krista Turner

Even the smallest runners can enjoy the Run Like Heck Fun Run. Credit: Krista Turner

Fun and free add-on this year: Stay the day and rest your bones post-race with a picnic in the park and savor spring at its best with the whole family. Utilize the convenient picnic basket/cooler check or visit one of the neighboring restaurants for a take-out lunch. Also new this year, present your race bib at Oakland’s Museum Shop and Visitors Center weekends through May 11 for a free guided walking tour. Choose from one of the four regularly scheduled weekend tours which begin at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. See website for tour details.

As always, awards will be given for best times by age group, and for best costumes – this year featuring a new category:  the “Easter” bonnet.

The event begins at 9:30 a.m. and benefits the Historic Oakland Foundation. Registration cost is $35 for 5K and $20 for 1K available online only at Active.com.

Parking is free but limited. Historic Oakland Foundation encourages runners to take MARTA to the King Memorial Station.

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