This is the 3rd year I've done this race. It's one of the only 5ks I do each year, and I usually go witha group of people for some holiday fun. It's a really pretty neighborbood, pretty hilly, and this was the first year it was chip timed.
-Historic Atlanta neighborhood
-Everyone welcome: walkers, strollers, dogs
-Parking: small parking lots at the start and finish locations, but plenty of street parking. Easiest to park at finish and walk/warm-up to the start, less than 1 mile away
-5 days of packet pickup at local running store
-Santa hats for everyone
-Hot chocolate, coffee at the finish
-Walkers, stroller, dogs on leashes are also really difficult obstaces; I ran on sidewalk to bypass crowds
-One little aid station with only water, in the middle of an uphill climb. Don't really need any aid on a 5k but if a race has one it should not be in the last mile of the course.
-A lot of people really like the long sleeve cotton shirt, but it's not really my thing. Will be a lounge around the house shirt until it goes to goodwill.
It's a festive experience each year, best enjoyed with friends (and possibly mimosas at the finish).