Peachtree Road Race Guide: Start Time, Road Closures, Where To Watch

Runners cross the finish line as they participate during the Peachtree Road Race, on July 4, 2006 in Atlanta.

Atlanta is gearing up for the 49th AJC Peachtree Road Race on Wednesday.

Whether you plan to be a spectator or part of the race, know what to expect from the event since it will draw tens of thousands to the Buckhead and Midtown areas.

We’ve compiled essential details, such as start times, nearest MARTA stations and road closures, ahead of the world’s largest 10-Kilometer race.

Times and location

The race will start Wednesday on Peachtree Road near Lenox Towers and Lenox Square Mall. Runners will start in waves beginning with Wheelchair Start at 6:25 a.m., Elite Women at 6:50 a.m. then Elite Men & Seeded and Wave A at 7 a.m. Every 5 minutes groups will begin the race until Wave Y starts at 8:40 a.m.

Areas with the best views

Within the first mile, spectators should plan to be in the Buckhead shopping areas for a good view of the runners starting the race. In the middle of the race, the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center and Piedmont Hospital are good spots to see the action, according to the Atlanta Track Club. Towards the end of the race, runners can be seen clearly at the corner of Peachtree and 10th Streets.

Where to watch online

Channel 2 Action News will stream the start and finish of the race online, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Weather forecast

Expect a high of around 89 degrees and low of 72 degrees on Wednesday, according to today’s The Weather Channel forecast. There’s a 40 percent chance of rain in the forecast, along with 68 percent humidity. During the night, the chance of rain drops to 20 percent, and it should be partly cloudy.

Closest MARTA train stops

Get easy access to where the race starts by taking MARTA’s rail line to the Lenox Station. MARTA’s Midtown and Art Center stations are close to the race’s end point. Plan your trip to the race using MARTA’s map.

Road closures

At midnight on July 4, Peachtree Road between Lenox Road and around Lenox Parkway will close. Several roads will be unavailable tomorrow morning starting at 4:30 a.m. for vehicular traffic and 6:00 a.m. for foot traffic. Read the full list of closed roads here.