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April 08, 2023

16th Annual Run Like Hell 5K

Oakland Cemetery • 248 Oakland Ave SE AtlantaGA  30312 Organized by Horizon Race Solutions $25 instant refund on this event with gift card.

About this event

Join Historic Oakland Foundation for the 16th annual Run Like Hell 5K – now in Spring! This unique evening 5K will take place at Oakland Cemetery on April 8th at 5:00 p.m.

The largest cemetery run in the country, Run Like Hell is one of Atlanta’s favorite neighborhood 5K fundraisers, with all proceeds going to the restoration and preservation of historic Oakland Cemetery. This year’s race returns to Oakland in the Spring, showcasing the beauty of Oakland's gardens. The grounds at this historic cemetery are bursting with color as trees and flowers bloom. Participants will get to enjoy these picturesque surroundings while they are encouraged to “run like hell” and earn either top times or costume contests.

To quench your post-race thirst, we are hosting a Run Like Hell 5K after-party at Republic Social House! Situated directly across from Oakland, this neighborhood hangout has reserved their covered rooftop overlooking the cemetery just for race participants! SweetWater Brewing Company is providing one free beer to individuals who arrive wearing their race number, and Republic’s full dinner menu will be available for purchase. The after-party also features fun swag giveaways and specialty gifts from race sponsors and the Oakland Museum Store. Join us for a party to remember at the end of a spectacular spring day!

Please plan to arrive at least 30 min before race time to stretch and get ready to run. The race winds through the roadways of the historic cemetery. The keyhole course is entirely paved and gently rolling with soft turns.


Want to support the cause but don’t want to break a sweat? Register as a “ghost runner”! Ghost runners pay the race registration fee and a small shipping fee to have the race t-shirt sent to them after the event. This is a great way to support Oakland!


All runners will receive a commemorative Run Like Hell 5K t-shirt and will have the chance to win awards and prizes.

Runners, joggers, and walkers of all levels are welcome. Leashed dogs and strollers are always welcome in the cemetery.

Historic Oakland Foundation members receive $5 off their Run Like Hell entries. Contact swhite@oaklandcemetery.com for the promo code to be used during online registration.


Limited street parking is available around Oakland Cemetery. We encourage participants to use rideshare or MARTA when visiting the site (King Memorial MARTA Station is a short walk from Oakland Cemetery).


All proceeds from Run Like Hell benefit Historic Oakland Foundation’s mission to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Oakland Cemetery, where Atlanta’s history comes alive.


Awards will be given to runners in the following divisions: the overall male, female, and non-binary; the overall Masters male, female, and non-binary; and the top three male, female, and non-binary age group winners in 14 age groups from 10 & under to 70 & over. The awards ceremony will take place following the race on April 8.


All registered runners will receive a commemorative Run Like Hell t-shirt.


Join the Run Like Hell costume contest! Prizes will be awarded at our awards ceremony to the most creative costumes in the following categories: Best Adult Individual, Best Youth Individual, Best Group, Best Dog.

Event details and schedule


Packets include your official Run Like Hell 5K shirt, instructions to participate, and special offers from our community partners.

· Thursday, April 6, Noon – 6 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery Visitor Center

· Friday, April 7, Noon – 6 p.m. at Big Peach Decatur

· Race day packet pick-up begins at 3:30 p.m. Please note that we will not be accepting race day registrations for the 2023 5K.


Oakland Cemetery

248 Oakland Ave SE AtlantaGA  30312

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