Field: ~60,000, By lottery in early/mid March
Start: Wave start by race times given at registration.
Course: A rolling (3800ft elevation change) 6.2 miles down Peachtree Street through the heart of the city, finishing in Piedmont Park.
Schwag: The coveted cotton t-shirt seen on participants all over the city for the rest of the day. Also, the post-race scene is like a second expo there is so much free stuff.
Sorry for the delay in getting this post up, but I wanted to do the race justice and give you a real glimpse at what it is like. It's hard to capture what the Peachtree means to Atlanta, but I'll give it my best shot.
She runs with Scissors; The Elites mingle at the finish.This is not to shortchange the course. With over 1900ft of climbing and another 1900+ ft of descending, it's not an easy race and by no means what I would pick for a first timers 10k, but that speaks volumes about the mystique of the Peachtree in Atlanta: Everyone, runner or not, wants to complete the challenge. The course gives you 2+ miles of downhill to start, but takes it all back with a series of long hills for the following 3 miles.
A sea of humanity at the finish.Being one of the oldest races in the city (44 years), it has captured a place in the heart of the city. 3400+ volunteers show up bright and early on a holiday to make sure it is a success. 150k fans line the course with faces painted and festive attire, cheering, handing out water, popsicles, beer, etc. Local T.V. stations carry live coverage of the race starting starting over an hour before the first wave is sent off, and then does a prime time recap that very night with the inspirational stories of those running it.
Wearing it with pride.In my mind, the Peachtree is a snapshot of what is great about running. Everyone, young and old, runner and non-runner, fans, volunteers, works together to create one day unlike any other in the city. It is a true celebration and an unique experience that makes me proud to call myself a runner and live in Atlanta.
Is there a race that is emblematic of your city?