Over the next two days I will be blogging about my experience with my first Peachtree Road Race on July 4th. Yes, believe it or not, this was my very first PRR, even though I’ve been living in Atlanta for almost 18 years and running for almost 10 years.
Over the past few years, I’ve been wanting to run the world’s largest 10K race, but with the race falling on July 4th, it can be difficult to work into the schedule. Several times, I’ve known I would be out of town over the holiday weekend, and therefore haven’t even tried to get in through the lottery.
This year, I decided I was running it no matter what! I signed up to be a member of the Atlanta Track Club, which guarantees admission to the PRR; plus, I went ahead and added in the Triple Peach Challenge! This includes the Atlanta 10 miler in October and the Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon.
An added bonus was a few weeks ago, we found a race number (in the same corral with me, no less) for Rachel, so she was in for her first PRR as well!
On Saturday, we headed down to the race expo at the Georgia World Congress Center. One of the nice things about living so close to MARTA is we could ride down to the expo/race and not worry about finding somewhere to park in the city.
We were hoping to get down to the #werunsocial meet up at 10:30am, but didn’t account for the amount of time the MARTA trains would be running on a Saturday. Therefore, we ended up getting down there just after 11am, which is when the meet up was ending. I did gett to see a few of the #werunsocial runners, including my friend Brandi.
After that we got in the very long line to get into the expo. It was probably several hundred deep, but fortunately the line moved quickly, and we were able to pick up our numbers with no issues at all.
Once we picked up our numbers, Rachel and I walked around the expo checking out most of the booths. We picked up a few new running shirts in the process, as well as some extra SWAG. After about 30 minutes or so, we headed back home. We were ready to conquer our first PRR on Monday morning!