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Pride Run steps off from Piedmont Park

Atlanta Pride Run

Now an official part of Atlanta Pride’s Stonewall Month, the Pride Run is gearing up for its 23rd annual event.

A collaboration between Atlanta Pride and Front Runners, Atlanta’s LGBT runners group, the 5K run is set for June 22.

The Pride Run has changed considerably since its early days, most notably in the number of competitors and the course, which has previously been held in areas such as Grant Park and Ansley before finding its current home beginning at Piedmont Park. It’s also a more advanced race than it used to be.

“Over the years, we have worked to enhance the quality of certain elements of the race,” said Front Runners President Bernie Colligan. “We have an electronic timing system this year. The route has also been refined and it’s now a high quality one.”

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Stonewall: Pride Run steps off from Piedmont Park

Formerly a stand-alone event, the annual Pride Run is now a full-fledged part of Stonewall Month for the first time in 2012. It’s the 22nd year for the June 5K run, co-sponsored by Front Runners, Atlanta’s LGBT running group, and the Atlanta Pride Committee.

Bernie Colligan of Front Runners describes the participants as a healthy mix of competitive runners eying victory and newcomers wanting to walk and support the event.

“We have a lot of our own members and then people who have never done this before,” he said.