AJC Peachtree Road Race

AJC Peachtree Road Race

AJC Peachtree Road Race

( 12 reviews )
100% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Atlanta,
    Georgia,
    United States
  • July
  • 6 miles/10K
  • Road Race

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Jessica Rudd

Decatur, Georgia, United States
55 43
2017
"60,000 running friends tradition!"
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Jessica Rudd's thoughts:

There's only one turn but this race always provides plenty of excitement. Treat it as a race, treat it as a party, treat it as both, and you're bound to have a good time. If you've run any previous race I highly recommend submitting a race time so that you don't end up in one of the last waves. There's around 25 waves with about 2 hours between the first starters and the last, so race experience can vary widely depending on where you start. Despite the huge number of runners, the waves start exactly on time, 5 minutes apart. Enjoy the costumes, the spectators, the signs, and the possibility of plenty of free drinks along the way. Atlanta Track Club membership (only $35 per year) has 2 major benefits related to Peachtree: 1) guaranteed entry if you're a member before February and 2) entry into the post-race party with free beer and bagels. DO IT!

PROS:
-access: I always park about 1 mile north of the start at Kroger or the Brookhaven MARTA station, and then walk to the start. It's easy to MARTA or Uber back to our car at the end. Not bad considering there's 60,000 runners
-swag: the peachtree shirt is a great collectors item and you often see them running around ATL in the years after the race. I save mine for a future shirt quilt. Beer, bagels, peaches, Whole Foods goody boxes at the finish. You can purchase a commemorative medal if that's your thing.
-Spectators: best 4th of July party/block party/parade ever. Includes drunk people at 8am, candy, drinks, costumes, a priest with holy water, etc.

CONS:
- Heat and humidity - it's ATL on July 4th...duh
- Aid stations: warmish water and no powerade. M'eh. At least it's only a 10k. I will say, they finally figured out how to keep the water at the finish cold this year.

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