By: Trey Brush
Over the years, one of the many things I have enjoyed about the Peachtree Road Race is watching it change what has needed to change while keeping the traditions we love so much. Only get the t-shirt when you finish, is a tradition keeper.
Some of the changes over the years from the way it “used to be”:
- The Peachtree application was in the AJC on a specific Saturday/Sunday paper in March. You had to rush to mail it in and get your spot.
- The race bibs were mailed to every single runner. The anticipation in June of getting your number was pretty cool.
- Time meant nothing. The only runners who had a race time were the competitive athletes. Your proof you ran was just the t-shirt.
With the changes over the years, another change that has come is the addition and growth of the expo for the Peachtree Road Race. Before the option was even made to pick up your number I remember the first year I went down for the expo it was at the Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead. There were probably a few thousand of us who visited and it did not really give you an idea of how big this race was. As you see the expo today with tens of thousands who visit, it gives you a real sense of how it has changed.
I still don’t think the expo has arrived yet, as I think the race organizers really seem to be learning each year how to make it better. Each year I feel like they are getting closer.
The 2015 edition of the expo with be located again at the Georgia World Congress Center. It is open starting on Thursday July 2nd going through Friday night July 3rd. One thing that has me curious this year are some interactive elements to the expo I have not experienced. One of these is a floorplan to mimic the Peachtree Road Race course. You go to the packet pickup to start and follow the mile markers the whole way around the expo to the finish line. Another intriguing feature this year is an Interactive/Mini Olympics Zone that includes a running track, high jump area, shot put and other features.
Things to know about the expo:
- It will be crowded. There is no getting around this because the expo will be crowded. I think you have a better opportunity first thing in the morning as they open.
- Think July 2nd. Traffic is always crazy on July 3rd as it is a holiday weekend so I always highly encourage runners to go down on the 2nd if that is an option for you.
- Marta is a good option. For getting to the expo Marta is a good option and while you are there you can also purchase your tokens for race day to take one more thing off your mind.
- Come ready to spend. If you want some Atlanta Track Club and other past race items they have, there are always some incredible deals! I mean really, really good deals at the expo as they are trying to get rid of past merchandise.
The last thing I would say is even if you are getting your number mailed to you, I would still encourage you to go to the expo. There is nothing to me like the excitement of an expo to get me pumped for race day.
Trey is a runner and coach with a desire to help create change in others. He lost 80 pounds on his journey from a watcher in life to a doer. His passion for running and creating change led him from the couch to marathons and ultramarathons. He is a husband and the father of 2 boys living in Jefferson GA. You can follow Trey on twitter @RunOnPurpose