5 Tips for Taking MARTA to the Peachtree Road Race
Running in the Peachtree Road Race? With MARTA rail stations near the start and finish line, it is a convenient way to travel. See these tips for for using transit to plan ahead and make your trip easier.
1. Purchase Fare Early
If you plan to take MARTA to the Peachtree Road Race, purchase your fare as far in advance as possible to avoid lines. Buy your fare online if you already have a Breeze Card or at any MARTA station. You can also pick up a fare ticket at the Peachtree Road Race Expo on July 2 and 3.
For those who do not already have a Breeze Card, you can choose to put your fare on a paper ticket which is $1 cheaper than buying the reusable, plastic fare card. But, if you plan to ride MARTA in the future, you’ll save money long term to buy the reloadable card. Also, if you have a Breeze Card, make sure to check the expiration date online! They expire after three years.
2. View Special Rail Schedules
To accommodate runners, MARTA rail service will start at 4:45 a.m. on July 4. View rail schedules:
You can get a general sense of what your train commute time will be by entering your start and end MARTA station into Google Maps (select the transit option). The commute is only 2 to 3 minutes to the start of the race from Lindbergh Center, 14 minutes from Five Points to Lenox, 11 minutes from North Springs to Buckhead and 11 minutes from Doraville to Lenox.
3. Park Wisely
Runners can park and ride at a variety of stations with free daily parking or be dropped off at a MARTA station. Parking at Lindbergh Center is a recommended option, as shuttle buses will also be available there to take riders to the start of the race starting at 4 a.m. and return runners back to Lindbergh Center after the race. (Look for the shuttle buses on Piedmont Avenue at 12th Street). However, to get free parking at Lindbergh Center, you must take a train back to Lindbergh Center so you can validate your parking ticket inside the station.
See MARTA Parking for other free places to park and ride the train. Park at stations with the 6-minute rail frequency for a faster commute experience (Candler Park, Inman Park, Lindbergh Center or stations between the airport and downtown) or use metered street parking near the North Avenue, Midtown or Arts Center MARTA stations.
4. Get on the First Available Train
You’ll need to connect with the red or gold line to reach the start of the Peachtree Road Race. You can take a red line train to the Buckhead MARTA station or a gold line train to Lenox.
Reminder that if you are traveling from the blue or green line, transfer to the first northbound train at the Five Points MARTA station. Likewise, merely get on the first northbound train from any other downtown, midtown or south side station.
5. Choose From Several Commute Options After the Race
The Peachtree Road Race ends on 10th Street next to Piedmont Park. The closest MARTA station is the Midtown MARTA station, which is also on 10th Street. Signs direct runners back to MARTA, usually via 8th Street, but plan for a 20 minute walk. In addition to train access, shuttle buses will also be available at the station to take participants to the Lindbergh Center MARTA station (typically shuttle pick up is on Piedmont Avenue).
You can also request an Uber or Lyft car to get home, back to a train station or to your car. There are several shopping centers near Monroe Drive and 10th Street that can help your driver find you away from the crowds.