Thursday, June 11, 2009

Peachtree Road Race Preparation!

I received my Peachtree Road Race packet today!  This year is the 40th anniversary of the infamous race.  For those not in the know, the Peachtree is a 10k run held every July 4th on... you guessed it... Peachtree in the heart of Atlanta.  Over 50,000 runners participate in this event.  So if you're looking for a good time- as in, breaking a personal record- this is not the race for you.  If, however, you're looking for a good time- meaning you appreciate the revelry on the sidelines- folks dressed up as Lady Liberty or Uncle Sam,  bands playing, tons of people cheering and early-morning beer drinking- then this is the race for you.  Since I tend to get bored running- and need some form of encouragement- this is the perfect event for me.

Mr. Southern registered us this year so you can just imagine my surprise (read: shock) when I received my number.  No, I'm not in the elite group, but somehow, those nice people at the Atlanta Track Club determined that- even with my terrible time in my last half-marathon- I am a "real runner."  I'm no longer in the back-of-the-pack clan, which consists of a few real runners, lots of walkers, and a few run some, drink some (beer), run some people.  I'm in the THIRD wave!  Mr. Southern is in the second wave- no surprise there.  And all participants will be timed this year... which is why I had to blur my number.  I couldn't have y'all seeing just how slow I really am.

Here's the Official Instruction packet for the race- the picture will give you a sense of how packed it is!

And lastly- my favorite sponsor.  Am I the only who finds it ironic (or at the very least, funny) that the Waffle House is a long-time sponsor of a 10k run?  
But I suppose since I'll be starting the race much earlier this year, I can probably recover enough to have a waffle while it's still morning.  :-)  The beer will wash it down.

Hope to see you there!  I may attempt to bring my camera so I can share all the Independence Day craziness.  



  1. Oh I have such fond memories of the Peachtree Road Race...we used to live across the street from Piedmont Park, so the festivities were at our doorstep (let me clarify, I watched, never ran!).

    Good luck and enjoy the waffle (how crazy is that sponsor?!?!?)!

  2. Maybe you can wear a little helmet-style webcam - and then we can appreciate the passing scenery - and the waffles.

  3. I could never run a race like that, i completely admire you!! x

  4. I remember how steamy hot it usually is then! Wishing you the best, Emmie!

  5. i've always wanted to attend this event, but have never gotten around to it! good luck this year:)

  6. I will be cheering you on from the sidelines! I will be looking for bib #23-somthingsomethingsomething.

    Good luck!


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