ATLANTA — Thousands of runners and walkers hit the pavement St. Patrick's Day morning feeling lucky!

The Publix Atlanta Marathon was held Downtown.

Organizers said this year the run featured a new course that took runners through Atlanta's most historic neighborhoods and past the city's most iconic sites. 

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Runners passed the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park, Piedmont Park, Oakland Cemetery, Grant Park, the Atlanta University Center and Mercedes-Benz Stadium before finishing inside Centennial Olympic Park.

There was half marathon and a 5K as well.

The Atlanta Track Club, who puts on the event, is the second largest running organization in the United States. Their mission is to motivate and encourage healthy living. The group also organizes the AJC Peachtree Road Race.

Some participants said that's what they are preparing for.

"I’m trying to gear up for the Peachtree Road Race in July," one runner said.

Others are doing it just for fun. 

"It’s a little nippy out here but it was fun running the streets this early and seeing the sun rise above the beautiful city," Brigitte Mania said.

To see the race results, click here. 

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