You’ll see a lot of wacky outfits on Peachtree Street the morning of July 4th.
My favorite was the year a guy ran down Peachtree in a chicken costume, repeatedly yelling: “How do I get out of this chicken outfit, anyway?”
OK, that may be wishful thinking. But I’m sure if a guy did that he would get plenty of laughs.
And laughs are clearly the motivation for many of the costumes you’ll actually see among the lower seeds at this year’s AJC Peachtree Road Race. One of the perks of being a “lower seed” is seeing guys decked out in black business suits with a “Taking Care of Business” sign on their back.
The most inspiring sights year after year are the soldiers and firefighters running with their gear through the heat and humidity. The crowds seem to like it when I run near these guys because the clapping gets really loud then.
The level of commitment for some of the entertaining costumes take must be huge, albeit less committed or inspired than the first responders and soldiers. How do you train to run in a wedding dress?
Of course, much of the personal décor is of a patriotic nature. You’ll see lots of foam rubber Miss Liberty crowns and tall Uncle Sam hats. Homemade running gear last year included a pretty cool rendition of a running hotdog and companion beer can. You can see these in an AJC gallery here.
In my photo, taken near the start line, you can see the back of a guy to my right in a straw hat who is attaching his running bib to his overalls. Not the strangest get up I’ve ever seen during the race by a long shot.
I’m wearing my preferred Peachtree outfit – shorts, shoes and socks, and a threadbare Allman Brothers “Eat A Peach” shirt from a 1994 concert. The shirt has made at least a dozen trips down Peachtree. To preserve it I no longer wear it during the offseason.
I’m planning to step up my pace this year and shave about 15 minutes off my 2009 time. So there is only an outside chance I’ll be tempted to do something wacky, like run in a sumo wrestler suit.
Do you dress up for the big day? What’s the most outlandish outfit you’ve seen a runner wear in the Peachtree?