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Run Like Hell 5K

April 8 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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.

This year Run Like Hell returns to its roots by moving to the spring to showcase the beauty of Oakland Cemetery’s gardens! 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.

The race winds through the roadways of the historic cemetery. The keyhole course is entirely paved and gently rolling with soft turns.



  • 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.
  • Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before race time to stretch and get ready to run.


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


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.


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.


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).


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.


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 Oakland’S Museum Store. Join us for a party to remember at the end of a spectacular spring day!

The Run Like Hell 5K is a rain-or-shine event. However, should serious inclement weather impact the event, we will email you with updated information.


April 8
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Oakland Cemetery
248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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