Run Like Hell 5K

Atlanta, GA

Join Historic Oakland Foundation for the 12th annual Run Like Hell 5K on October 12, 2019!  

The largest cemetery run in the country, Run Like Hell is one of Atlanta’s favorite neighborhood 5K fundraisers, with all proceeds going to the restoration and preservation of Historic Oakland Cemetery.  

Run Like Hell is a Peachtree Road Race qualifier. The race begins at Lion Square and covers several areas of Oakland Cemetery as well as the Memorial Drive Greenway to the state capitol. The keyhole course is entirely paved and gently rolling with soft turns and has been tweaked to create a faster start.

The Race begins at 9:00 a.m. at Lion Square in the middle of Oakland Cemetery.

Runners, joggers, and walkers of all levels are welcome. Leashed dogs and strollers are also welcome. 

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Registration is limited to 1,600 participants. Limited race-day registrations will be available, accepting credit and debit only.

*Historic Oakland Foundation members receive $5 off their Run Like Hell entry. Contact for the promo code to be used during online registration.


  • Thursday, October 10, Noon - 6 p.m. at Big Peach Midtown
  • Friday, October 11, Noon - 6 p.m. at Big Peach Decatur 


The Race day packet pick-up begins at 7:30 a.m. at Lion Square in the middle of Oakland Cemetery.


Limited parking is available in the Oakland Cemetery parking lot. We encourage you to rideshare or use MARTA (King Memorial MARTA Station is a short walk from Oakland Cemetery.)


All proceeds from Run Like Hell benefit Historic Oakland Foundation's mission to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Oakland Cemetery, where Atlanta's history comes alive.

Help us to fundraise beyond the entry fee. As a Run Like Hell 5K fundraiser, you can help HOF raise $5,000 to preserve Oakland's tree canopy by donating as you complete your registration and/or by collecting sponsorships. Each registrant will be sent a personalized link to a fundraising page.


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, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 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 runner.

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

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 "mini-tour" of Oakland Cemetery by one of our expert guides. 

Show your race number for a 10% discount on your purchase at Historic Oakland Cemetery's Visitor Center & Shop. Historic Oakland Foundation members receive an additional 10% discount.

Get to know Oakland Cemetery’s miles of pathways while you get ready for the Run Like Hell 5k! It’s free to participate, and you’ll receive a code for $5 off your Run Like Hell race registration for attending. Follow the link for dates and times:


When & Where

Oct 12, 2019


9:00 AM

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