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Sandy Springs Lightning 5K/10K

Race Day September 28, 2019

Race participants get 15% off regular priced merchandise at Phidippides with their bib

Doug Kessler was a Sandy Springs resident who created a “fun run” for his community called the Doug Kessler Sandy Springs Lightning Race. He called it the Lightning Race because he wanted runners and walkers to think, run like lightning, while they were racing. This ultimately became what it is today, the Sandy Springs Lightning 5K/10K.

Kessler passed away in 2005, but left a lasting legacy for all Sandy Springs residents to enjoy. The Sandy Springs Lightning 5K/10K is a flat course and is one of the most popular Peachtree Road Race Qualifiers.

Held on Saturday morning before the Festival, the race incorporates MyLaps Championchip Timing, to electronically record runners’ times immediately after crossing the finish line.

A big thank you goes to Margie Kessler, Doug Kessler’s wife, who has played an instrumental role in continuing Doug’s legacy, helping the race grow. “This is a great event for our city and serves as a wonderful reminder of Doug,” she said.

Register today to run the Sandy Springs Lightning 5K/10K!

Special Guest – Jeff Galloway

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5k Price 10k Price Deadline
$22 $27 June 30
$25 $30 July 31
$30 $35 August 31
$35 $45 September 1-26
$40 $50 September 27-28

RACE DAY REGISTRATION

Registration is held at the Sandy Springs UMC Activities Center parking lot, located next to the Water Tower, off Mount Vernon Highway and Sandy Springs Circle. Parking is available at Century Springs East on the corner of Lake Forrest and Mt. Vernon Highway.

*T-shirts guaranteed for registrants through September 13

  • USATF–certified
  • Peachtree Road Race qualifier
  • Fast and flat course
  • Route along Mt. Vernon Highway
  • Tree-lined, residential course
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The 5K and 10K will begin on Mt. Vernon just under the water tower, near the intersection of Lake Forrest and Mt. Vernon, right in front of the United Methodist Church. The runners will head down Mt. Vernon with a 5K turnaround point on Mt. Vernon while the 10K runners proceed to Old Powers Ferry and Northside Drive, doing a lollipop and returning on Mt. Vernon. The course will be well marked with road chalk, volunteers, traffic cones, and police.

The Sandy Springs Lightning is open to the community including children, strollers, and dogs. We do ask that all strollers, walkers, and dogs move to the back of the start line.

September 28

2019 Timeline:

6:30 a.m. Race Day Registration

7:30 a.m. 10K Start

7:50 a.m. 5K Start

9:00 a.m. Awards

Phidippides Sandy Springs (corner of Hilderbrand and Roswell Road) Friday, 9/27 10AM-7PM.
Race day 6:15AM-6:45AM

The closing of Mt. Vernon Highway and Old Powers Ferry will affect access to several neighborhoods. The Sandy Springs Police Department will begin closing Mt. Vernon Highway between Lake Forest Drive and Sandy Springs Circle at 6:30 a.m. and will re-open the race route by 9:30 a.m. when all runners have passed.

 For information on becoming a sponsor of the 2019 Sandy Springs Lightning 5K/10K, please contact Peggy Johnson, Chief External Affairs Director, via email or by calling 404-851-1327

 For information on becoming a sponsor of the 2019 Sandy Springs Lightning 5K/10K, please contact Peggy Johnson, Chief External Affairs Director, via email or by calling 404-851-1327