Each year, we see hundreds of individuals end their homelessness and it often begins with a night of warm shelter. February 18th, come run in the cold for those who sleep in the cold.
Your race registration will provide:
Over 3,000 participants chose to run in the Atlanta Mission 5K Race to End Homelessness last year, braving the mid-February cold. But for the many homeless individuals on the Atlanta streets, being out in the cold, day and night throughout the winter, is not a choice they freely make.
This year, join us at Centennial Olympic Park at 8:15 am on February 18 to help offer these men, women, and children a choice. Each race registration will fund one night of shelter and services for a person who would otherwise be out on the streets in the cold. Donors, community members, volunteers, and Atlanta Mission clients will come together to help end homelessness, a particularly dangerous experience in the bitter winter months.
Whether you volunteer, run in the race, or support it financially, you’ll feel the positivity, excitement and hope in the air when you arrive. Volunteers help coordinate the run, and the runners are given direction and do warm-up activities before embarking on the route, which winds through sectioned-off lanes on downtown Atlanta streets.
Said one resident who participated in the 2016 run, a man who had been battling drug addiction and a deep crisis of the spirit, “I never knew how much I was struggling inside. The Atlanta Mission gave me this foundation I have right now…They helped me find a new life. Today, I’m running for myself and the guys at the Atlanta Mission. Some of them can’t run, but I ran for them, because I know we can overcome it.”
Other Atlanta Mission clients who have participated in the race stress the importance of being able to actually finish something—which many have not been able to do in a long time. It also represents an opportunity to get together with new people and be part of something healthy, rather than feeling as though they are on the forgotten fringes of society.
You can help take the chill out of winter for the homeless with your participation. Register for the Atlanta Mission 5K Race here, either as a single runner, or as part of a team—start your own or join an existing one. By running, you’ll also be participating in an official AJC Peachtree Road Race Qualifying Event prior to the 2017 lottery.
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Atlanta Mission and the community of Atlanta take over Downtown Atlanta for the 5K Race to End Homelessness happening February 18, 2017 at 8:15AM. Thousands of men, women and children will take to the streets of downtown Atlanta to run a race in the cold for those who sleep in the cold. The city of Atlanta is home to over 7,000 homeless men, women, and children who face the perilous conditions of winter without a roof over their heads. Each race registration will cover one night of shelter and services for someone who would otherwise spend the night in the cold, on the streets.
The race will take place at Centennial Olympic Park (the Olympic Rings) at 8:15AM. We are expecting over 3,000 runners this year. They will be running alongside the men, women, and children who live at Atlanta Mission. This race is also a Peachtree Road Race Qualifier.
Atlanta Mission serves over 1,000 of these men, women and children every single day. The downtown men’s shelter alone is a refuge for over 400 men on a daily basis. We hope you will join us this February as donors, volunteers, community members and Atlanta Mission clients run side by side in the race to end homelessness. For more information on the race go to www.atlantamission.org/race
The city’s largest and longest-running provider of homeless services, Atlanta Mission transforms, through Christ, the lives of those facing homelessness. Established in 1938, Atlanta Mission provides overnight shelter, job attainment programming, long-term residential discipleship programming and transitional housing for more than 1,000 homeless men, women and children daily. For more information about Atlanta Mission, visit www.atlantamission.org
Happy Wednesday! We have so many exciting things going on at Atlanta Mission this week. Here are some of the highlights:
- Every Friday, including this coming up Friday, we have a group from Northwest Exterminating that comes and reads to our kids. This is a special time for our kids because this group has been coming consistently for a year and have been able to build relationships with our staff and our kids.
- Johnson Ferry Baptist Church will be hosting another movie night with the men on Saturday.
- Our Food Service Director, Pat Walker graduated with her associates degree in hospitality, and not only did she graduate, she graduated with honors.
- Another special highlight for us is that two of our employees who are celebrating their one year work anniversary at Atlanta Mission were former clients. We love to see how God transforms their lives here and calls them to serve here.
Thats it for this week! We wish each of you could step through the doors of our shelters and experience the transforming power of Christ that happens every day in our friends who stay with us, our staff, and our partners.
FAQ and Day of Information
Online registration will be paused an hour before and during race packet pick-up. If you would like to register for the race during those times, please do so at the designated store.
Online Registration will close at noon on Friday, February 19th. In person registration will be available on race morning between 7 and 8am.
Walk-up registration is available on the day of the race, however, the registration fee will increase from $30 to $35.
Thursday, February 18th, 11am – 1:30pm
Fidelity Bank – Powers Ferry
2401 Windy Ridge Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30339
Thursday, February 18th, 4 – 7pm
Big Peach Running Co. Town Brookhaven
705 Town Blvd, Ste. 340
Atlanta, GA 30319
Friday, February 19th, 4 – 7pm
Big Peach Running Co. Midtown
800 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
In order to pick up another participant’s packet, you must bring either a printed copy or email on a mobile device of their registration confirmation.
If you are driving to the race, there are garages listed below. Another travel option is to take MARTA to Philips Arena.
$7 per car at either parking garage:
World of Coca-Cola Garage:
178 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd Atlanta, GA 30313
Georgia Aquarium Parking Garage (two entrances):
357 Luckie Street Atlanta, GA 30313
248 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd Atlanta, GA 30313
$10 per car at the following parking garage:
American Cancer Society Garage:
113 Baker St NW Atlanta, GA 30313
For all other information visit www.atlantamission.org/race
Did you know… Atlanta Mission serves over 1,000 of these men, women and children every single day. The downtown men’s shelter alone is a refuge for over 400 men on a daily basis. We hope you will join us this February as donors, volunteers, community members and Atlanta Mission clients run side by side in the race to end homelessness.
Your registration fee and fundraising supports warm shelter and life transformation. In the past year, Atlanta Mission:
- Served over 713,967 meals
- Provided 265,357 bed nights
- Assisted 264 clients in attaining employment
- Transformed the lives of 647 men, women, and children as their homelessness was ended
We want you to be a part of this! Register here!
Have you signed up for the Atlanta Mission 5k Race to End Homelessness?
On February 20, 2016, thousands of men, women and children will take to the streets of downtown Atlanta to run a race in the cold for those who sleep in the cold. The city of Atlanta is home to over 7,000 homeless men, women, and children who face the perilous conditions of winter without a roof over their heads.
Each race registration will provide a night of shelter for someone who would otherwise be sleeping in the cold.
To sign up for the race go to our race Registration page.
We are so thankful for all of you who were a part of the Be Rich campaign through Buckhead Church. Because of you so many more homeless women and children will be served at the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children. Watch the video to see how the money will be used!