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The Race 2021

When: October 2, 2021
Where: Atlanta, GA
Race type(s): 13.1M, 5K, Virtual

The Race 2021. A half marathon weekend event that supports black owned businesses, neighborhoods, and charities. We are committed to delivering a top-notch, world-class race with excellence at every step.

The goal is to host a full LIVE Race event in Atlanta, GA on October 2, 2021. As you know we enter 2021 with uncertainty on the status of LIVE Race events in major metropolitan areas around the nation. We showed that we can RACE with EXCELLENCE in 2020 on a virtual platform. 2021 we will show that we can RACE with UNITY in whatever circumstance is presented to us. If it is safe and permitted to host and produce a LIVE event, The Race 2021 will be LIVE! Be a part of the story. Be a part of the Legacy. UNITY in 2021!

The Race 2021 Half Marathon & 5K registration will open, per tradition, on Black Friday, November 27th at 8am. First 1000 2021 RACErs will contribute to forming The Race 2021 Digital UNITY Quilt!

Options for The Race 2021:

  1. Full LIVE Event with limited virtual participation options
  2. Limited LIVE Event participation with virtual participation options
  3. Full virtual event with local activations

Updates will be shared May 1st, June 15th, and final decision on format announced by July 31st 2021. We encourage new registrations for those that would be excited to UNIFY for any format.


Half Marathon & 5K registration Includes:

  • The Race 2021 participant shirt, medallion, commemorative race bib, & patch
  • Access to The Race 2021 Expo, Social & Speaker Events
  • Access to The Race Half Marathon & 5K
  • Contribution to The Race 2021 Charitable Impact Fund


The Race 2021 Weekend
Thursday, September 30th –Welcome Night Event
Friday, October 1st – The Race Expo
Saturday, October 2nd – The Race Half Marathon + 5K
Sunday, October 3rd – Community Impact Service Day + The Race 2021 UNITY Celebration


Planning and Updates Timeline:

-November 27th Black Friday Registration Opens for The Race 2021 Half Marathon & 5K
-The Race 2021 could be 100% Virtual, Hybrid (capped live field with virtual participation option), or 100% Live.
-2021 Deferrals will be emailed a link to claim their registration deferral between November 27-29
-2021 Deferrals are non-refundable and cannot be deferred again.
-All registrations are transferable, however NON-REFUNDABLE. Please only sign up if you are prepared to participate in The Race 2021 live, hybrid, or digital. There will not be refunds issued on registrations due to changes in race presentation.
-Updates will be shared May 1st, June 15th, and final decision on format announced by July 31st 2021.
-Decision on addition of VIP & Bike Ride will be made by July 31st. If included additional registration will open on August 1st.
-Carry over VIP add-ons will be added to registration if decision is made to host VIP. If decision is made not to host VIP, all pre-paid fees will be refund requested or donated to Charitable Impact Fund Partner.

Registration & Pricing Schedule
Friday, November 27th – Black Friday Registration Opens – $65 Half – $25 5K
Saturday, November 28th – January 18th – $70 Half – $30
January 19-August 1st – $75 Half – $35 5K
August 1st – August 31st – $80 Half – $40 5K (Bike Ride $45, VIP $50)
September 1st – September 30th (or sell out) – $90 Half – $45 5K (Bike Ride $50, VIP $50)
EXPO (if available) – $100 Half – $50 5K (Bike Ride $50, VIP $50)

About The Race

In November of 2017, The Race presented by The Unity Collective Kickstarter campaign to #BackTheRace was announced.

Throughout the 6 week campaign, over 700 runners/walkers/supporters eagerly made history by becoming backers to kickstart the funding and vision of The Race.

And…October 11 – 14, 2018 the Unity Collective hosted an inaugural race event like NO other! Participants came from all over to run, support, and give back to black owned businesses, neighborhoods, and charities.

October 3-6th The Race 2019 #Impact + #Elevate was successfully executed!

October 1st-4th 2020 The Race 2020 #EXCELLENCE –


Charitable Impact

The Race will positively impact the community in the following manner:

  • Service projects will be organized and executed in partnership with local charities and organizations
  • The community will be actively engaged in the course planning and volunteer opportunities.
  • The Race 2021 weekend will conclude with a Charitable Impact Service Project and Wrap Up Party on Sunday, October 3rd!
  • $5 of EVERY race registration fee will put into a Charitable Impact Fund and given directly to community charities and organizations within the neighborhoods we run through and that support The Race initiative.
  • Participants will have an opportunity to contribute directly to Charity Partners via RunSignUp Impact.