The Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon have become an annual March tradition for distance runners since 2007. More than 18,000 runners participated in last year's events, and US Road Sports continues to offer participants many reasons to return in 2012. Participants will receive a customized running tech shirt, a finisher's medal, and a Publix drawstring goodie bag. In addition, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) has awarded the event the 2012 Southern Region Marathon Championship. This marks the fifth consecutive year the Atlanta event has earned state or southern region championship honors. The 26.2-mile and 13.1-mile courses will travel through metro Atlanta's most interesting and historic areas, including the Sweet Auburn district, Inman Park, Decatur, Druid Hills, Virginia-Highland and Midtown areas. Along the way, runners will pass landmarks, including the King Historic Site, Carter Center, four college campuses and Piedmont Park.
Publix Georgia Marathon race weekend will also provide participants a chance to receive health and fitness tips and purchase running gear at the Publix Georgia Marathon Health & Fitness Expo held at the Georgia World Congress Center on Friday-Saturday, March 16-17.