Run Like Hell 5K

Atlanta, GA

Join Historic Oakland Foundation for the 10th annual Run Like Hell 5K on October 14, 2017! The largest cemetery run in the country, Run Like Hell is one of Atlanta’s favorite neighborhood 5K fundraisers.

Please read this important F.A.Q. for Run Like Hell

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!

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.


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: 1) Donate on Behalf of a Fundraising Team, 2) Donate on Behalf of an Individual, 3) Make a General Donation, 4) 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 to HOF's $5,000 fundraising goal for the African American Grounds
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/Donate 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 

Registration is limited to 1,600 participants. Registration closes on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at midnight.

No race day registration!

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

Early pickup will be at Big Peach Running Company. 

Early pickup at Decatur location available from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 12
114 East Trinity Place
Decatur, GA 30030

Early pickup at Midtown location available from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Friday, October 13
800 Peachtree Street
Suites B&C
Atlanta, GA 30308

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.

Unique Oakland Cemetery awards will be given to the top three overall male and female winners and the masters male and female finishers and the top 3 M/F 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.

All pre-registered runners will receive a commemorative Halloween-themed Run Like Hell T-shirt.

Parking is available at the lot adjacent to Oakland Cemetery’s main gate at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and Oakland Avenue. Limited parking is also available on surrounding streets. No vehicles will be permitted inside the cemetery during the race. Attendees are encouraged to ride MARTA (King Memorial Station), carpool, or utilize alternate means of transportation.

Get into the spirit of the season and join the Run Like Hell costume contest! Prizes will be awarded to the most creative costumes in the following categories:
Best Adult Male
Best Adult Female
Best Group
Best Dog

All Run Like Hell participants are invited to stay after the race for a complimentary guided walking tour of Oakland Cemetery. Our expert guides will give mini-tours of the "Sights, Symbols, and Stories of Oakland" 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.


When & Where

Oct 14, 2017


9:00 AM

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