If you’re a runner and have been flirting with the notion of competing in a marathon, you might want to select the Publix Georgia Marathon as your choice since it is considered one of the best venues for an early spring event. Not only will you enjoy the route that winds through the Sweet Auburn District, Inman Park, Decatur, Druid Hills, Virginia-Highland, and Midtown areas; and pass landmarks such as the King Historic Site, Carter Center, four college campuses (Georgia Tech, Emory University, Georgia State University, Agnes State College), and Piedmont Park; but you’ll be a part of what is considered a true southern tradition when the race is run on March 20th of this year (2011). If you don’t have enough time to train for the full marathon between now and then why not consider the half marathon or 5K that are also being run in concert with the race; and then plan to run the 26.2 mile challenge next year. More than 17,000 runners were involved in the action last year, and this year’s event promises race participants with a customized running tech shirt, a finisher’s medal, a Publix drawstring goodie bag and a special food item to enjoy during the post race party. If you want to get involved with a training group you can check out either Phidippes on Piedmont Avenue or West Stride on Northside Parkway; and again, if you think it’s too late for this year there’s no time like the present to plan for next year. Trust us, there’s no better way to experience the delights that Atlanta has to offer than seeing them on foot and don’t even get us started on the amazing venues around town for your post-race party celebrations which can range from rowdy good-times bars to full service luxurious spas for pampering.