The American Heart Association “Heart Walk” 5K is scheduled on Saturday, September 24th. This has been an annual event for the American Heart Association for the past 23 years, and in Centennial Olympic Park again this year. The event is a fundraiser for heart healthy programs in the Atlanta area. We anticipate a crowd of 12,000 to 15,000 walkers and runners. The walk will begin and end at Centennial Olympic Park. The route is a loop through the Marietta Street, Castleberry Hill, Downtown, Underground Atlanta and Fairlie Poplar areas.
The last finishers will complete the 5K route around 10:30am. Due to the size of this event, roads along the race route are effectively closed as the walkers proceed along the route, and vehicle traffic is detoured around the route. Off-duty Atlanta Police officers will direct traffic at all intersections along the route. They will also be scheduled to direct traffic before the race as necessary to assist with the arrival of the participants.
The route travels down Centennial Olympic Park to Walker and loops around on Fair Street to Peters Street. Expect intermittent traffic controls and delays at the intersections.
The pre and post event activities will take place in Centennial Olympic Park. The large crowd will gather for the start of the walk on Centennial Olympic Park Drive, finish on Andrew Young International Boulevard within the park, and spread out throughout the park after the walk is complete. On-site Clean-up, COP park staff, walk staff, and volunteers will be responsible for clean-up along the walk/run route and site for the event. If you have any concerns or need additional information contact Skip Breeser, firstname.lastname@example.org
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