The 2015 Refuge Run will take place in Atlanta Georgia on Saturday, April 18th at 8:30 a.m. and host more than 500 runners for a 5K Peachtree Qualified Road Race and head through a new flattened out course in one of Atlanta’s most historic neighborhood.



**Online Registration closes Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at midnight. Walk up at City of Refuge on April 18 at 7:30 a.m.

2015 Refuge Run 5K
Team Captains

2015 Refuge Run 5K
Race Fees

How to create a team for the Refuge Run 5k
Why even create a team? Everybody likes doing things in groups! It just makes things more fun. This means, if you are part of a team for the Refuge Run 5k, you will have more fun. If you don't know anyone who is on a team, make one! Here's how...

Step #1 - Design your team

Step #2 - Create your team online
Setting up your team online is a three-part process:

Step #3 - Recruit Team Members

Step #4 - Lead your team

For participant inquiries please email us at Seth@cityofrefugeatl.org

Event Info


The 2015 Refuge Run will take place in Atlanta Georgia on Saturday, April 18th at 8:30 a.m. and will host 500 participants who will start at 1300 Joseph E. Boone Blvd, NW in Atlanta, Georgia and run through a historic neighborhood highlighting both light and restoration on a relatively flat Peachtree Road Race certified course. This “road to transformation” represents the path that our clients travel when they come to City of Refuge. Each kilometer of the race represents a vital program at City of Refuge.

Road To Transformation
Racers are also eligible to raise money for City of Refuge through social media outlets. Register as a Racer and a fundraiser to receive information and tips on how to raise money for City of Refuge. All runners will receive a warm freshly baked cookie, food and breakfast beverages at the end of the race as well as an awesome swag bag featuring the Refuge Run dry fit t-shirt.. The start and finish will take place at City of Refuge located at 1300 Joseph E. Boone Blvd.

Featured Programs
The five featured programs in the race all experienced great milestones in 2014 are positioned to achieve great success in 2015.

K1: NAPA Auto Training Center
Napa Auto Training Center provides all full service auto mechanic training program to up to 20 hard to employ individuals per class. At the end of the course, the graduates are guaranteed a position within a Napa auto center. Many of the students are United States Veterans. Over the next few months, City of Refuge will kick off the 100 car campaign. Donated cars will be repaired by the Napa Auto Training Center and donated to many of our residents who are seeking employment but have a transportation barrier.

K2: Eden Village
Eden Village provided 1,028 homeless women and children with a safe place to live, nutritious meals, daycare, job training and skills to gain independence. Seven hundred and twenty women exited the program and 683 moved to a positive living situation. The New Beginnings job training program served 48 women and 296 women attended personal finance classes.

K3: 180° Kitchen
180° Kitchen served 217,553 hot and healthy meals, trained 25 culinary students who graduated with ServSafe accreditation. This job training program has a 100% rate of placing graduating students in jobs with local restaurants to help jumpstart their career.

K4: Youth Programs
Level Up and CORe: Level Up youth program served 52 High School students with mentoring and opportunities to earn college scholarships and an SAT prep course was added to the program. CORe provided after school programming to 130 Elementary and Middle school students and partnered with Georgia State University to provide education and recreation.

K5: Kindred Spirits
Kindred Spirits opened 12 bedrooms for pregnant teenagers who lack support from their biological home and need a safe place to live and prepare for their babies birth. The teens are surrounded by staff members and volunteers who provide mentoring and validation. They reside in Kindred Spirits during their pregnancy and for up to a year after they deliver. Currently this program houses 6 teens and 3 infants.

January 30, 2015 – Online Registration Begins
April 15, 2015 – Online Registration Ends
April 18, 2015 – See Right
6:30 a.m. – Race Volunteers report to City of Refuge
7:30 a.m. – On site registration begins
8:30 a.m. – 5K Refuge Run Begins
9:30 a.m. – Post Race Celebration and Awards



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Results and Awards


All participants that complete Refuge Run will be eligible to receive an age group award for placing in the top 3 in their age group.
All age group awards will be mailed to the address listed on the participant’s registration 6 to 8 weeks after the race.

Custom designed plaques will be awarded 3 deep in each of the below age groups for both men and women.

Please note that all age group awards are based on chip time, NOT gun time.

Refuge Run 5K 2014 Overall Results

Refuge Run 5K 2014 Age Group Results

Refuge Run 5K 2015 Overall Results

Refuge Run 5K 2015 Age Group Results
Age Group Breakdown:
9 and under
60 plus

Get Involved


Be A Part of the Fun without Running a Step.

Experience the excitement, reunite with old friends, make new friends, give back to the community. Whatever your interest is, we have something for you.

Positions are available on race day as well as at the Volunteer Work Day.
Volunteer registration will begin in January 2015. After that time, Click here to see the list of available jobs and to sign up.

Do you have a group interested in volunteering? We would love to have you join the fun.

Contact Seth Lingenfelter, Race Director for more information.




1300 Joseph E. Boone Blvd.
Atlanta, Georgia 30314




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city-of-refugeOur Site | Our Mission

A Neighborhood in Crisis — Where People Still Hope

The City of Refuge is a non-profit organization dedicated to community development efforts that lead to the stability and sustainability of the local community.
Our community zip code is 30314. It is a community in crisis but also a community with hope and resilience. Despite overwhelming social challenges, numbers and need, City of Refuge finds hope every day in this neighborhood. That is not only because we remain committed to our neighbors, but they are committed to us, offering themselves as both models of transformation and returning here to help others in need once their lives are restored to paths of health and independence.
The mission of City of Refuge is to bring light, hope and transformation to Atlanta’s last, lost and least.
This may sound like an impossible task. But spend a day walking our streets and talking to those who call City of Refuge their home, their place of work and their place of service, and you’ll start to see that miracles can and do happen here.

City of Refuge is integrated into the fabric of a community where problems are pervasive, needs are enormous but “strength, hope and light endure. The work here benefits people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and perspectives:

For area residents,

City of Refuge is a place to draw “light, hope and transformation.”

For volunteers,

It is a place to know firsthand the challenges of the “last, lost and least.”

For anyone else,

It is a community that provides shelter from the storm, warmth from the cold, an oasis from the desert.

City Of Refuge is a place "where good works" to effect positive, lasting, meaningful, tangible, transformational change in the lives it touches -- whoever they may be and from wherever they may come, rich or poor.
We provide resources that arrest crisis, restore self-respect and transition individuals and their families back on the road to independence and positive social engagement with life-building tools to individuals and families in Atlanta who are living on the margins. Our services span multiple areas of need – from food, clothing and shelter to job training, placement, housing, healthcare and education. Our goal is to provide access to and information about the best possible opportunities for success to those who are willing to work hard for positive change.
Our Background
In 1970, an Atlanta organization called “Mission Possible” started up a feeding program in downtown Atlanta. It grew in scope and reach over the years serving some of the city’s neediest individuals and families and by 1997 it was re-incorporated as CITY OF REFUGE. In 2003, City of Refuge was donated a 200,000+ sq ft warehouse on an eight acre tract on Joseph E. Boone Blvd, in the heart of a neighborhoods that continues to face tremendous challenges and where the need for relief from crisis is acute. The relocation of City of Refuge to this space enhanced the organization’s profile and has allowed it to expands it service offering and reach out to more people, offering them not only a refuge from crisis, but a place to restore their health and self-respect and transition into lives of personal responsibility, value and independence. Such transformation remains the preeminent, lasting goal we have for any individual whose life we touch.