6th annual Morningside Mile: Save ATL's Oldest Fire Station


Event Date

Sun, Apr 17, 2016


Atlanta, GA


Activity Today Later

Wave 1: Elites. 6 min mile or faster. - Elite Runner

$25 $25 Closed

Wave 2: Amateurs. 6-9 min mile. - Amateur Runner

$25 $25 Closed

Wave 3: Weekend Warriors / Families. Runners (9 min mile or slower), walkers, strollers & kids. - Weekend Warrior / Family Participant

$25 $25 Closed

About This Activity

Dude, it's only a mile! 
The Morningside Mile is Atlanta's only competitive 1-mile race that awards its fastest runners with cash prizes. Great swag & block party. Runners of all skill levels from beginners to moms with jog strollers and competitive runners are encouraged to don their running shoes for what promises to be a fun race & great after-party. 
100% profits will be donated to help save Atlanta's oldest fire station, the Historic Virginia Highland fire staiton 19.
For more info, visit www.morningsidemile.com.


Event details and schedule


Fire Station 19 is Atlanta’s oldest continuously operating station. Located in the heart of the historic Virginia Highland neighborhood, the station has been a neighborhood landmark for more than 90 years. Based on its age, station 19 was on the City of Atlanta's replacement list for 2016. Thanks to grassroots support of Morningside Mile and other local efforts, the station is no longer on the chopping block, but renovations cannot begin until we meet the fundraising goal. We’re on the home stretch! Please help us in our effort to raise funds to repair the firehouse and keep it in service. You can help save this historic resource that is central to our safety and community life by registering to run the Morningside Mile and encouraging others to join you. 100% of race profits will be donated to the station 19 renovation fund! 


The race starts in Virginia-Highland (corner of Lanier Boulevard and Virginia Avenue) and ends in Morningside at Doc Chey's (1424 N. Highland Ave).


  1. Start on Lanier Boulevard (just north of Virginia Ave.) heading north.
  2. Left on Morningside Drive (.52 miles)
  3. Right on Lanier Place (.78 miles)
  4. Right on North Highland Avenue (.87 miles)
  5. Finish Line is in front of Doc Chey's


All registered runners get a commemorative fire station 19 runner’s water bottle. Show your race number at the block party to get a free SweetWater beer at Doc Chey's, OR a free treat at Alon's.


  • Overall Top 3 Male & Female Winners: $200/$100/$50
  • Masters Top 3 Male & Female Winners: $100/$50/$25
  • Age Group Winners: $25 local merchant gift card to top male & female finisher in each age group.
  • SweetWater 420 Challenge: runner with closest time to 4:20 wins a deluxe SweetWater prize pack including 4 tickets to the brewery & tasting, SweetWater apparel & other goodies.



  • $25 per person
  • Registration Closes: Thursday, April 14, or at 1000 runners, whichever comes first.
  • No Race Day Pick-up! Race number and swag bag pick-up Mon, April 11 - Sat, April 16 at Highland Runners. No race day pick up, runners without numbers are not eligible for prizes.
  • Registration Options: online at active.com or in-store (cash/check) at Highland Runners or Doc Chey's Morningside.


The race starts at the intersection of Virginia Avenue and Lanier Boulevard.  Runners should gather on Lanier Boulevard just north of Virginia Avenue at 11:45am. Those wishing to participate in the FitWit 10 minute warm-up should arrive before 11:40. Racers will be escorted to starting line.  The race ends on North Highland in front of Morningside Village.

The race will start at noon in three waves:

  • Wave 1 – Elites. 6 minute mile or faster.
  • Wave 2 – Amateurs. 6-9 minute mile runners. No kids under 16. 
  • Wave 3 – Weekend Warriors / Families. Runners & joggers (9 minute mile or slower): please line-up in front.  Walkers, strollers & small children: please line-up in back for the safety of everyone. 


Parking is available on the streets surrounding the race venue, but please do not block driveways.  We recommend you park close to the finish line & walk/run to the start so you can enjoy the post-race block party.  Please note that the Morningside Village, Alon's, & Coldwell Banker parking lots will be closed.  There should be plenty of on street parking on Lanier Blvd, University Avenue, North Morningside Drive, Lanier Place & Cumberland Drive. MARTA services the neighborhood.


THE BLOCK PARTY (noon - 2pm)
Invite your friends & family to cheer you on at the finish line & enjoy block party festivities. Meet our neighborhood fire-fighters and enjoy music, food & family fun for all ages.  Sign-up in advance to participate in the Doc Chey's Noodle Eating Contest.




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