By: Brian Elder
Normally in our series on larger racing events we would save race prep for a time closer to the actual event, but the Peachtree Road Race is an exception for a couple different reasons that cause race prep to be more intensive. Just getting a bib into the Peachtree can be difficult enough so we want to help you navigate every step to prepare for the race.
1. Lottery Bib System
The lottery bib system is always an exciting process. If you are new to the Peachtree race prep doesn't begin the night before or even a month before, but it starts in the spring when the lottery system opens. If you don't want to take the risk of waiting for the chance of getting a bib through the lottery system, you can do a couple things to guarantee your entry into the 4th of July Race. You can become a member of the Atlanta Track Club and if you join before February 1st you will be guaranteed entry into the race as long as you register in an early registration period for members only. Another step you can take to guarantee your spot is to sign up for a Kilometers Kids race number to raise money for the ATC Kilometer Kids program that seeks to promote a healthy and active lifestyle in kids.
2. Crowd Control
One thing you need to understand when running the Peachtree is that this is not an event to hope to run a PR. Unless you are a runner who is fast enough or lucky enough to be put in one of the top runner corals with a qualification time from a previous race, then it will not be a day for you to try and run a PR. If you come in to the race with this mindset you will be dissapointed and annoyed as you try to weave back and forth between runners. The Peachtree is an event that has an incredible atmosphere and it is all about the running community, something we love to celebrate here at Connect Run Club, so relax so that you can enjoy the race and run connected. Seeing a sea of 60,000 runners is something you will not forget.
3. July 3rd
Picking up your race bib is another important step for any race. The Atlanta Track Club generally offers a couple options for runners who have gained entry into the race. You can either pick up your bib at the Race Expo in the Georgia World Congress Center or you can have your bib mailed to you if will not be in town in time to make the expo (stay tuned for more to come next week on the expo). The dates and times for the 2015 expo: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 2 and 10 a.m - 7 p.m. on Friday, July 3. If you pick up at the expo you will need a copy of your ID and race confirmation.
Note: If you gain entry into the race and for some reason cannot run, you can defer your entry to the next year although the entry fee will not be waived for either year. If you are looking to transfer your number to another runner you can find out how to do that here.
Brian Elder is a learner, amateur explorer, and runner that is going to run until it takes him somewhere. He is a graduate from the University of Georgia where he studied English and Religion. After running competitively on trails and roads, he fuels with an appetite so big you would swear it’s competitive. Follow Brian on Instagram.