You read that right… 60 freaking thousand people!
The largest 10k in the United States takes place on the 4th of July in Atlanta, Georgia and this year yours truly will be participating!
This will be my first time experiencing the Peachtree 10k and I’m excited to blog about it over the course of the next few weeks. This is going to be a multi-part blog series chronicling my way leading up to the race, race day, and the post race events!
This first post is going to be how I came to decide on running Peachtree and what I’ve learned so far about the race.
Let’s break it down:
What: The LARGEST 10k in the United States. The Peachtree Road Race 10K
When: Monday, July 4th at 7:30am
Where: Atlanta, Ga
Why: Let’s dive into this one a bit more.
When I decided to make it a life goal to a run a half marathon in every state, I started researching the best races for each state. While looking into Georgia I was reading all about the Peachtree 10k. I had heard about it briefly because the Cooper River Bridge Run is one of the largest 10k races in the US and at the top of that list would be Peachtree. I’ve also had some running friends mention the race to me but up until this year, I had always gone home for the 4th of July weekend. My good friend Reyna runs this race every year. She told me how fun it is, what a challenge the course is, the excitement of a new area, and the cool fireworks show that night. I was really intrigued and decided to look into it more.
It’s only a 5 hour drive from home and there are fun things in Atlanta for the girls as well. I started thinking about this as a family trip. Valerie is getting a bit older and easier to handle now. We could take the girls to the Georgia Aquarium, we could visit the Coca-cola museum, Children’s museum, watch the fireworks after the race, and just spend time lounging in a hotel! None of the logistics of this trip was going to be hard and I could easily do this trip alone but I didn’t want to do it alone. I miss having my family and my little cheerleaders at my races. They missed the Bridge Run this year due to the threat of thunderstorms and rain. I knew that the hard part was going to be convincing Tony to do a family vacation. I was pleasantly surprised when he said yes! It actually didn’t take much convincing at all. Tony got two extra weeks of vacation this year for having Valerie and we never spend our vacation days for actual vacations. It’s usually spent to go to NY to visit family or when family comes to visit us. Don’t get me wrong, we love spending time with them, we just haven’t taken an actual family vacation in forever.
So now that I had Tony on board I started figuring out what I needed to do to make this race happen. I luckily have someone on the inside. Well, sort of. I’m lucky enough to know the Marketing Director at the Atlanta Track Club(ATC) , Jay Holder. He’s a running & writing superstar and someone that I admire very greatly. The Peachtree 10k does a lottery system for entry but that is after all the ATC members get first dibs with a guaranteed entry. Jay let me know that it would be best for me to join ATC to make sure I got entry into Peachtree if I was serious about wanting to run it. I gladly joined ATC and as soon as registration went up, I entered myself.
I’ve been wanting to branch outside of Charleston more and more when it comes to running. I love all the local races Charleston has to offer but there is so much more out there to experience. Atlanta, Charlotte, and even Savannah all have huge running communities with so many awesome races. I have had fun doing all the local Charleston races and there are my favorites that I will do every year but from here on out I want to change it up.
I also want a new challenge. Every year I want to be better than the last. Peachtree is allowing me a new challenge in the same way the Cooper River Bridge Run (CRBR) gives me a challenge every year. That bridge is ridiculous to climb over. Most people go out and look for “flat and fast” when trying to find a good race. Of course, when I’m searching for a PR, I’ll go looking for those courses too but for right now I just want some fun new challenges. Peachtree has a fun challenge called “cardiac hill.” I’ve been doing my research over the last few weeks to read as many blogs that have a race recap of Peachtree as possible. I read a few from people who have run both Peachtree and CRBR. From what I’ve gathered, Peachtree isn’t as steep as CRBR but the incline lasts a lot longer and has many smaller hills to add in. This sounds like a fun new challenge to me! Back when I raced CRBR, I finished in 45 flat. Of course my thought was to spend the next few months focusing on speed work to hopefully land a 44:30 at Peachtree. Well, I forgot to take into account heat + humidity and I didn’t realize just how many hills there were going to be. So, I’m taking a different approach. I just want to finish the best I possibly can. It’s my first time running it so I’m going to set a course PR regardless. I’m just going to give it all I have and then work towards getting better and run it again next year. Who knows, maybe this will turn into an annual family vacation for us!
So there you have it. The hotel is booked, I’m registered, I’m doing my research on the course, and I’m training away. Keep a look out for my next post in the Peachtree series as I’m going to be talking about my bib number, the course, & what I’ve learned from other blog posts so far.
If you’ve ever run Peachtree, let me know! I’d love to hear your thoughts on the course and what to do or where to eat at while in Atlanta!