ING Georgia MarathonAtlanta, GA – January 7, 2010 – For the 3rd consecutive year, the 2010 ING Georgia Marathon has been named a Championship race by Road Runners Club of America (RRCA).  RRCA Championship status communicates to athletes and the community that the race organizers have agreed to follow established guidelines and standards in the conduct of the event, including USATF-certification of the course distance, safety standards, and 5-year age groups, and have demonstrated success in conducting a high-quality event. The ING Georgia Marathon is owned and operated by US Road Sports and Entertainment Group.

“From a race director’s stand point, this is a real honor to have this race named as the RRCA Georgia State Marathon Championship,” said Race Director of the ING Georgia Marathon Jeff Graves.  “It is a great opportunity to recognize the fastest Georgia finishers at what we believe is the best marathon in the Southeast.”

The ING Georgia Marathon will take place on Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 7:00 AM.  The race course will travel through 26.2 miles of the Metro Atlanta area’s most interesting and historic areas including the Sweet Auburn District, Inman Park, Decatur, Druid Hills, Virginia-Highlands, and Midtown.  Along the way, it will pass landmarks including the King Historic Site, Carter Center, four college campuses, and Piedmont Park. Participants can now sign up online at or mail in registration forms to US Road Sports & Entertainment Group of Georgia LLC at 528 Plasters Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30324.

“The RRCA is pleased to announce the selection of the ING Georgia Marathon as the Georgia RRCA State Championship Race,” said RRCA State Representative, Mark Ward. “For the past two years, the ING Georgia Marathon has produced great results and we are confident that this year’s race will provide the same type of competitive atmosphere that our runners have come to expect.”

The ING Georgia Marathon has been awarded RRCA Championship status every year that it has been eligible for the distinction.  In addition to a prize purse and age group awards for the fastest division finishers, RRCA State Championship plaques will be awarded to the fastest Georgia Male and Female Open, Masters (40 and over), and Grandmasters (50 and over) Marathon finishers, for a total of six RRCA Championship awards.

About US Road Sports: US Road Sports & Entertainment Group is a health and wellness company dedicated to the production of world-class endurance events.  The mission of US Road Sports is to offer an unparalleled participant sports experience that showcases host communities and endures as a deeply valued local asset through events that are a part of the city’s culture, identity and brand.  For each participant, US Road Sports strives to offer events that allow participants of all skill levels the opportunity to improve their physical and mental health and accomplish life-altering goals while having fun.  US Road Sports provides sponsors and municipalities highly effective exposure to help maximize their presence and message in the community.

About RRCA: The RRCA is the oldest and largest organization in the US dedicated to distance running. The RRCA is dedicated to supporting the growth of grassroots running clubs, training programs, and running events while promoting the common interests of runners throughout the United States.

Source: Nick Schubert/US Road Sports & Entertainment