2012 Running Series Kicks Off With the Atlanta BeltLine Northside 5K!

Over 600 runners and walkers rocked the Atlanta BeltLine’s Northside Trail this past Saturday, April 28, 2012 for our second annual Northside 5k race! The course started in Tanyard Creek Park and wound through the beautiful Collier Hills, Collier Hills North, and Ardmore Park neighborhoods. Runners and walkers started arriving at 7 a.m. for warm-ups, announcements, the National Anthem sung by Atlanta BeltLine volunteer Ron Smith, and an 8 a.m. start. Cool, clear weather, a flat start, and plenty of volunteer support all added up to a great race.

warming up for the Atlanta BeltLine Northside 5k
Group warm-up before the race.

The Atlanta Fire Department and Atlanta Police Department were out in full force, too, with APD running together in formation and calling cadence. The Fire Department lined up in front at the start and gave the APD a run for their money. Thank you to all of our first responders for a competitive race and for all you do for us every day!

Atlanta Police Department and the Atlanta BeltLine Northside 5k
The Atlanta Police Department nears the finish line still in formation and calling cadence.

Overall Winners of the 5k race


  1. Wil Cramer: 16:18
  2. Kip Thompson: 17:42
  3. Jeff Moore: 18:14


  1. Katie Brace: 21:50
  2. Carlan Brown: 22:34
  3. Jenny Pittam: 22:58

Overall Winners of the Police vs. Fire Challenge

  1. Francisco Monreal (Fire): 19:56
  2. Jeremy Wadkins (Fire): 20:47
  3. Joseph Guikema (Police): 21:05
The Atlanta Police and Fire Departments faced off in a re-match of last year’s friendly competition among our hometown heroes (which the Police swept last time). The members of each department competed for individual medals awarded to the top 3 finishers in the Police/Fire category. Chief Cochran and Chief Turner both ran in support of their departments, but only the department with the fastest aggregate time among their top 20 finishers takes home the Police/Fire Trophy and bragging rights for a year.
This year, the police got to take home the trophy again!

An impromptu push-up challenge after the race resulted in a tie between the two organizations.

Winner of the Media Challenge

We had a strong showing by members of the media for the Northside 5k’s Media Challenge! This year’s winner, representing CBS Atlanta, is Katie Brace. This is Katie’s second time winning the Media Challenge and this year, she also came in first overall female. Congratulations Katie!

Overall Winners of the Field Day Challenge

Immediately following the 5k, we hosted a free, family-friendly Field Day Challenge sponsored by the Atlanta Community Tool Bank and JFitness Body Solutions. Adults and kids participated in a Frisbee-throwing contest, sack races, tire roll, dizzy shoe sprint, and wheelbarrow sprint with tool pickup.

And the winner was… Team St. Val from the Atlanta Police Department! Prizes went to the top six finishing teams and included a range of gardening and workout goodies.

Field Day Challenge at the Atlanta BeltLine Northside 5k
Sack races and more at the post-race Field Day Challenge!

The proceeds from the Atlanta BeltLine Northside 5k and the Atlanta BeltLine Running Series benefit the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership is a non-profit organization committed to raising funds from private and philanthropic sources to support the Atlanta BeltLine; working with neighborhoods, community organizations, faith organizations, businesses and other groups to raise general awareness and broad-based support for the Atlanta BeltLine; and serving as a catalyst to mobilize resources to address the social concerns raised by new development around the Atlanta BeltLine.  To learn more about how to support the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, please visit http://Member.BeltLine.org.

Atlanta BeltLine Northside 5k and cake
Happy birthday! The second annual Northside 5k officially marks our one year birthday. Sundiata, one of our tour guides, kept an eye on the cake.

Special Thanks To Our Sponsors For Their Generosity

Running Series Title Sponsor: Internal Data Resources
Gold: Kaiser Permanente
Bronze: Keller Williams Realty, Heart of Atlanta Group, Inc., Astra, Integral, Acadia, Kroger, Resurgens Orthopaedics
In-Kind: Good Measure Meals, Clash Graphics, EVOS, Coca-Cola, ScoutMob, MIX 1, WILD 105.7, United Event Services, Fresh Market, West Stride, Nike

Pre-Race Exercise: Midtown Family Wellness
Post-Race Family Field Day: Atlanta Community Tool Bank, JFitnessBodySolutions

Atlanta BeltLine Run Club

Stay up-to-date with our Atlanta BeltLine Running Series facebook page! Join us at Park Tavern for our next Atlanta BeltLine Run Club and you’ll enjoy great company, an awesome 3-4 mile run, free beer and live music! Park Tavern is hosting alongside its Unfiltered Live event as part of its 2012 Summer Concert Series. Let us know if you can make it!

Check out photo highlights from the Northside 5k on our flickr feed and see even more photos in our facebook album.

Atlanta BeltLine's Northside Trail through Tanyard Creek Park
Our Northside Trail winds through Tanyard Creek Park. The railroad trestle seen here is our future transit corridor.

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