Booker T. Washington's Inaugural Bulldog Unity 5K/1 Mile Walk and Run

Celebrating 95 Years as Atlanta's first black high school

Saturday, September 21st at 8:00am
Washington High School
45 Whitehouse Dr. SW
Atlanta, GA 30314
United States

Event Description:

Booker T. Washington High School, the first black public high school built in Atlanta was constructed in the 1920s during the city's major school building program. It was, and still is, an important cultural institution in the black community.  The school opened in 1924, 52 years after public education started in Atlanta. It remained the only black high school in the city until 1947.

The 1ST ANNUAL BULLDOG UNITY 5K RUN & /1Mile WALK will both start at the Lifting the Veil of Ignorance statue in front of Washington High School and proceed down historic streets named after Civil Rights icons such as Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Joseph Lowery Blvd., and James P. Brawley Dr. The 5K participants will pass 2 of the HBCU's of the Atlanta University Center as they approach the mile 2 water stop at M. Agnes Jones Elementary School before  heading back to Washington High School.  Expect rolling hills, as you are entertained and inspired along the route at this Inaugural event!


Your participation in this historical event will provide the students at Washington High the opportunity to have access to scholarships, educational field trips/college visits, SAT/ACT test prep, uniforms and you will participate in preserving of the Booker T. Washington High School legacy. 


Event details and schedule

5K Details

  • USAT Certified Course
  • Chip Timing
  • Finisher T-Shirt
  • Finisher Medal

1Mile Walk Details

  • Finisher T-Shirt
  • Finisher Medal


Packet Pick-up: Washington High School

  • Thursday, September 19th : 4:00p.m.-8:00p.m.
  • Friday, September 20th: 4:00p.m.-8:00p.m.

Race Day 

  • Participants Arrive as early as 6:30a.m.
  • Sweat Storage opens: 6:30a.m.
  • 5K Start time : 8:00a.m.
  • 1Mile Start time: 8:10a.m.



Volunteers are the nucleus of a successful event and we need you to ensure this inaugural race and walk is executed with the best volunteers in Atlanta. Click on the link below to sign up for various assignments from cheering on the participats to helping behind the sceens. Click Here