I spent my July 4th holiday in Atlanta, Georgia with family as I have in years past, but instead of running in the Peachtree race, I was a spectator. What a sight! This race is a fun one and I was disappointed that I did not get a number. Although 55,000 people run, all the spots were taken by the time I went online to sign up. They were scooped up in 7 hours. This Fourth of July event is an Atlanta tradition. The Peachtree Road Race, runs right through the city, ending in Piedmont Park. It is the country's largest 10K.
I have run it 4 times and it has become a favorite. The sidelines are packed with cheering spectators, rooting you on. Along the way you encounter bands, patriotic music, dancers on a party bus, offerings of doughnuts as you pass Publix and Holy Water being sprayed as you pass by a church. There is so much going on, that it is over before you know it. Plus unlike other races, you don't get your T-shirt until you finish.
As a spectator this year, I got a completely different view point. First of all, I actually got to see the front runners. (They are usually finished before I ever start - this race is divided into 20 waves!) They run an all out sprint the whole way, but I guess you have to to earn a time of 27:56. That's a 4+ minute mile.
A little faster than my pace :)
I am a people watcher so I loved checking everybody out. I've never seen so many different running outfits. There were people of all ages and fitness levels running/walking. The sea of runners just kept coming for over 2 hours. We cheered so much, we had sore throats by the end. It was great fun and made me want to run.
Many participants were dressed up for the race- here are just a few.
This is Uncle Sam running with Marge Simpson - You probably didn't know they were friends.
Stars and Stripes
By the end of the race, runners and spectators alike were ready to relax.
If you are looking for a fun 10K race this is it!