Hundreds of gay and lesbian runners took part in the 18th Annual Atlanta Front Runners Pride Run/Walk on Saturday, trekking along a new course that stretched around Midtown.

The event, held at Grant Park for most of its history, this year stepped off from Ansley Mall and featured a 3.1-mile course that moved along Piedmont Road and looped through one of Atlanta’s most historic neighborhoods. Though the run has also served as the unofficial sports event of the Atlanta Pride Festival, that celebration changed dates (and location, too) and opens on July 4.

Despite the changes to the Pride Run, the results were the same as 2007: Ben Clarke (right photo) finished first and was also the overall men’s winner while Kim Feather again took the women’s crown. In fact, when she crossed the finish line on Saturday, Feathers captured the women’s crown for the 12th consecutive year.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Jerusalem House, which provides housing for people with HIV/AIDS.

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