The cold weather has settled into Atlanta and it’s got me thinking about warmer climates. Growing up in Florida, I’m not well-suited for temperatures dipping below 60 degrees.
At November’s ZOOMA Atlanta race, I visited a booth for Running Away which is a travel company that offers running-themed vacations. Each travel package includes hotel accommodations, meals and a running expert who leads the runs. Running Away offers three types of trips:
1) Active Running Vacations – these trips combine daily runs with sight seeing in popular locations, such as New York City, Florida and California’s Wine Country.
2) Training Trips – if you’re preparing for a marathon or half-marathon, this can be an ideal travel package. Trips are available for New York City, The Berkshires and Colorado.
3) Voluntourism – if you’re looking for a real adventure, this is a trip to consider. Travel to Gambia in West Africa and spend part of your stay in a local village working on community projects.
Running Away also offers custom-designed trips for groups. A team of travel and running experts will help you choose your destination, accommodations, running routes and food.
This week’s route comes from Adam at WalkJogRun.net, which is one of my favorite sources for local running routes. It’s a 10-mile run through Decatur, Emory and Virginia-Highland.
· Start at the East Lake Marta Station, on the corner of E. Lake Rd. and W. College Ave.
· Head east on W. College (turn left)
· Turn left on N. McDonough St.
· Cross Trinity and run through the Square to get to Clairmont Ave.
· Run down Clairmont and cross Commerce and Scott Blvd.
· Turn left on N. Decatur Rd.
· From N. Decatur, veer right on Haywood Dr.
· Run past Druid Hills High School and the Children’s Hospital
· Turn on right on Clifton Rd.
· Run past the CDC
· Turn left on Briarcliff Rd and veer right on Johnson Rd.
· Stay on Johnson Rd. as it turns into N. Highland Rd.
· Stay on N. Highland Rd.
· Turn left on Ponce de Leon Ave.
· Stay on Ponce de Leon
· Veer right onto E. Lake Rd.
· End at the East Lake Marta Station