Athens to Atlanta: Skate event information and history
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About Athens to Atlanta

Established in 1982, Athens-to-Atlanta is the oldest and most famous road skate in America.

Starting in Athens, Georgia, participants skate through beautiful country roads and quiet suburbia before navigating city streets and triumphantly crossing the 87-mile finish line in Atlanta's Piedmont Park.

The course is challenging and requires experienced skating ability, courage, and stamina. Skaters who may not be ready for the whole 87 miles may opt for the 38-mile event, which also starts in Athens, or the latest 52-mile event, which starts near Dacula, GA. Both four and five wheeled skates are welcome and anyone from 8 to 80 years old may enter.

GIVE YOUR SKATING A PURPOSE

Millions of skaters across the world wheel across pavement for exercise, fun, or friendship. Few distance events exist which really push the limits and challenge the soul. Give your skating a purpose and prepare this summer for Athens-to-Atlanta where crossing the finish line can be your greatest victory.

MORE INFORMATION

An information packet detailing the Event, the course, activities, etc. will be made available to each registrant in Athens at packet pickup. E-mail us with any remaining questions at webmaster@a2a.net. Alternatively, pick up the phone and call us at (404) 806-7251.

Hotel Information

Book your room early and take advantage of the special rates for this year's event.

Holiday Inn - $114

Group Code: ATA
197 East Broad St
Athens, Georgia 30601
706-549-4433

Holiday Inn Express - $112

Group Code: ATA
513 West Broad Street
Athens, Georgia 30601
706-546-8122

Central reservations for both above: 1-800-HOLIDAY

Hilton Garden Inn - $159 + 9.95 parking

Group Code: SMERF (or ask for Athens to Atlanta)
390 East Washington Street
Athens, Georgia 30601
706-353-6800

Atlanta Hotels

There is no special rate for A2A in Atlanta but we recommend the closest hotel to the Old Fourth Ward Skate Park.

The Highland Inn
644 N. Highland Ave.
Atlanta, Ga 30306
404-874-5756
http://www.thehighlandinn.com

Event Schedule

Friday October 12
12 PM - 9 PM Baggage Truck parked at Skate Escape
6:30PM Friday Night Skate Meet Up - Skate Escape (12th & Piedmont Road)
7:00 - 9:00 PM Friday Night Skate (Helmets and wrist protection required)
9:00 Burritos, Beer, and Margs at Willy's across from Skate Escape
~9:30 Friday Night Bus to Athens departs (reservations required, $30.00)
Saturday October 13
2:00 - 6:00 PM Packet Pick Up (Cypress Room at Classic Center: 130 Foundry Street, Athens, GA 30601 - Cypress Room is in lower level)

FYI: All UGA Parking lot permits not enforced on weekends. Free parking available off S Thomas St and Oconee St. Paid parking decks and metered parking available along Foundry St.
**There will be no packet pick up on Sunday morning**

6:00 - 7:00 PM Mandatory Skaters & Drivers Meeting aka "Henry's Rant"

Last minute route changes, hazards, etc may be announced. Henry's rant is a classic and not to be missed!

Sunday October 14
4:45 AM Sunday Bus to Athens leaves Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park (830 Willoughby Way NE, Atlanta GA 30312) (reservations required, $30.00)
6:00 - 6:50 AM Baggage Truck / Checkpoint Boxes available for loading (see skater packet for details)
  • All bags will go to Historic Fourth Ward skate park unless MARKED for the 38 mi finish
  • Checkpoint boxes will be located on the side of the baggage truck
  • Place your food items in a bag with your name, and place it in the box with the checkpoint number where you want your bag to be.
7:00 AM 87 & 38 mile Skate Start​ (N. Thomas and E. Hancock)
7:01 AM 49 mile skaters group up/make way to Dacula
9:30 AM 49 mile Skate Start​ (Dacula - Appalachee Cycles)
5:30 PM Awards Ceremony (Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park - 87 mile finish)​

Event Maps

Download the course maps below: