December 26, 2010

Georgia Marathon retains state championship designation

Submitted by US Road Sports

ATLANTA — The Publix Georgia Marathon is on a streak.

US Road Sports, the owners and operators of the race, have announced the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) has named the Publix Georgia Marathon as the state of Georgia’s 2011 Championship Marathon Race, which will mark the fourth consecutive year the Atlanta event has held state or southern regional championship honors.

The race received RRCA Georgia Marathon Championship Race honors in 2008 and 2010, and RRCA Southern Regional Marathon Championship honors in 2009. The Publix Georgia Marathon will take place at 7 a.m. on March 20 at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta.

“When evaluating a race, we look for many aspects that encompass our idea of what a race should provide to runners competing for Georgia Marathon State Championship Honors,” said RRCA State Representative, Mark Ward. “For the fourth consecutive year, the RRCA has found the Georgia Marathon deserving of a championship title. Receiving this award while transitioning to Publix as the new title sponsor speaks highly about the race and the personnel involved.”

Said Greg Laird, Founding Partner and CEO of US Road Sports, “We are excited and honored that the RRCA has chosen the Publix Georgia Marathon as Georgia’s Marathon Championship Race in 2011. We listen to postrace feedback from runners every year, and we do our best to implement changes that will positively impact their needs for the race. We are privileged to have the RRCA recognize our hard work with this championship distinction, and we know that the race would not receive this recognition without the dedication of the runners and volunteers who make the race a great experience for everyone involved.”

Running the Publix Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon has become an annual March staple for distance runners since 2007. This year’s racegoers will receive a customized running tech shirt, a finisher’s medal, a Publix drawstring goodie bag and a special food item to enjoy during the postrace party.

More than 17,000 runners participated in last year’s events and US Road Sports continues to offer local and out of town participants many reasons to return in 2011. Publix Georgia Marathon Race Weekend will provide short distance runners and children a chance to participate at the Publix Run Wild 5k and Kids Fun Run on March 19 in Grant Park, and all participants will have a chance to receive health and fitness tips and purchase running gear at the Publix Georgia Marathon Health & Fitness Expo at the Georgia Dome on March 18-19. 

The 26.2-mile and 13.1-mile courses serve as a true showcase of historic Atlanta and surrounding neighborhoods, taking participants through the Sweet Auburn District, Inman Park, Decatur, Druid Hills, Virginia-Highland, and Midtown areas. Along the way, runners pass landmarks such as the King Historic Site, Carter Center, four college campuses (Georgia Tech, Emory University, Georgia State University, Agnes State College) and Piedmont Park.

To register for the Publix Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon, The Publix Run Wild 5k and Kids Fun Run, or for additional details regarding Publix Georgia Marathon Race Weekend activities, visit georgiamarathon.com.

In addition to the Publix Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon, US Road Sports operates the 13.1® Atlanta and Karhu 5k at Oglethorpe University each October.

About US Road Sports: US Road Sports & Entertainment Group is a health and wellness company dedicated to the production of world-class endurance events. The mission of US Road Sports is to offer an unparalleled participant sports experience that showcases host communities and endures as a deeply valued local asset through events that are a part of the city’s culture, identity and brand. For each participant, US Road Sports strives to offer events that allow participants of all skill levels the opportunity to improve their physical and mental health and accomplish life-altering goals while having fun. US Road Sports provides sponsors and municipalities highly effective exposure to help maximize their presence and message in the community.

About RRCA: The RRCA is the oldest and largest organization in the US dedicated to distance running. The RRCA is dedicated to supporting the growth of grassroots running clubs, training programs, and running events while promoting the common interests of runners throughout the United States.