Safety is Atlanta Track Club’s top priority. With the help of the City of Atlanta and various local, state and management agencies from around the region, we have comprehensive plans in place to ensure the safety of our participants, spectators, volunteers and partners at this event. 

There will be law enforcement presence at the start, along the course, at the finish line and in the post-race area. We would like everyone to be aware of some simple things participants, volunteers and spectators can do to help make America’s Marathon Weekend events a safe, memorable experience.

Substantial law enforcement presence will exist at the start, finish and post-event area as well as along the courses of both the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon on Saturday and the Publix Atlanta Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K on Sunday.

These events have a no bag policy. All participants, vendors, volunteers and spectators are encouraged to leave backpacks, purses and other bags at home and not bring them to any America’s Marathon Weekend events. Only clear bags issued by security will be permitted past any checkpoint.

Only those with credentials will be admitted into Centennial Olympic Park from February 27 – February 29. The park will be open to all participants, vendors, volunteers and spectators on March 1.

See something, say something. Be vigilant. If you see something suspicious, contact the nearest police office or call 911.

The following items are prohibited at Atlanta Track Club events:
• Firearms
• Glass containers
• Wheeled conveyances
• Pets
• Containers holding more than one liter of liquid
• Backpacks
• Camelbaks (fuel belts and hand held water bottles are allowed)
• Rolling bags and other luggage
• Masks and costumes that are not form fitting
• Weight vests
• Military equipment
• Firefighter equipment
• Drones

Event Alert System

Event Alert System colored flags will be located at the start line, along the course at the water stations and in the finish area. The flags will communicate the specific alert level which could range from low (green) to moderate (yellow) to high (red) to cancelled (black) and are based primarily on weather conditions. The alert level will also be posted on and on Atlanta Track Club’s social media channels.