PNC Atlanta 10 Miler
PNC Atlanta 10 Miler( 21 reviews )
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AARON BLANKENSHIPADAIRSVILLE, Georgia, United States
This was a first in a lot of things for me. My first Atlanta Track Club race, my first long distance race (over 5miles) in Georgia, and my first race as a BibRacePro. I am a 5K runner, so the 10miler seemed daunting and with all the talk about Cardiac Hill in the course, my apprehension grew. I set out to train harder working up to the race by increasing my weekly total distance ran and finding a pace that I can keep up for 10 miles, which was around 10minutes during training (stay turned to see how I faired in the race!).
Swag and PreRace:
Bib and shirt pickup, what can I say. I've run in over 40 races and this was by far the most organized pickup I've ever been to. They setup at a store in Atlantic Station, a sort of shopping/outlett area which is also where the race starts. Inside there were various shirts, jackets, and even foot testing to find a Mizuno shoe for you. Besides the sweet merch, there are tons of people checking you in or signing you up for the PNC 10 Miler or future Atlanta Run Club races. I spent some time speaking to some of the race managment about running in general, it was a lot of fun and really made me think about joining the Atlanta Run Club. The swag you get is a long sleeve, hooded Mizuno shirt. I like it alot, I wore it after the race as it was a cold day in Georgia!
Since I dont live too close to the race, i stayed at a hotel within walking distance of the race. I recommend this because alot of the roads are closed early and the line to park in the decks around Atlantic Station looked a little crazy. There is plenty of parking there, so if you dont plan on staying at a hotel, i would plan to get there early to avoid the long lines to get your ticket in the parking deck.
The race setup and start line was well marked and there are volunteers everywhere! I heard that there were around 1000 volunteers and you can tell because no one was lost or confused on where to go before, during, or after the race. The race is setup to start on time and you dont have to checkin the morning of meaning you dont have to be there super early.
Last year I ran through La Jolla, Ca and the hills there. So that was the level of hill I was expecting, luckily for me and everyone else, the hills were NOTHING like La Jolla. That is not to say that this course is flat by any means. From mile 3 to mile 6 it is mostly hills of various inclines and not many down hills. The last 2.5 miles is flat and down hill, you can really get some speed there. I managed to get down to my 5K speed at that point.
This was a lot of fun and really cold to start. Having trained so much and expecting the hills to be more difficult was a plus as I was able to keep a good pace (9min 40 second average for 7 miles and sub 9 for the last 2!!!) but could have gone faster if i had known the hills would not be that bad. From what I saw and from speaking to the race managment team, this is a race more for runners and less for nonrunners, which is true from what i saw compared to some other large races i've been in. I would recommend this race for anyone thinking of doing a half in the future as it close to the same distance and in a cool time of year.
Race Day Gear:
Race Shirt: BibRave Under Armour
Shorts: rabbit Daisy Dukes
Shoes: Brooks Ghost 10
Calf Sleeves: 2XU
Post Race Gear:
Shirt: RADrabbit Ez Tee ringer
Shorts: Dojo Outfitters brazillian jiu jitsu fight shorts
Hoodie: Dojo Outfitters