Best part of the AJC Peachtree? The finish

I won't be the winner, but the finish is still my favorite part of the AJC Peachtree Road Race. (Photo: Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com)

I won't be the winner, but the finish is still my favorite part of the AJC Peachtree Road Race. (Photo: Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com)

The question seemed simple. What’s your favorite part of the race?

Unlike most AJC Peachtree Road Race veterans, I was stumped. I threw together some lame answer then started to think (something I clearly don’t do enough of when writing for this blog). For a future topic, I was thinking what was my favorite part of the course. Then I got back to thinking about what I liked best about the race. Turns out, they are the same.

Let’s re-ask the question: What’s your favorite part of the race?

The finish (except for the year the race finished at the civic center). It’s always nice to make the turn onto 10th Street and see the finish-line banner. With six miles complete, you realize that you’re almost done. And more times than not, I am able to pass just a few people during that stretch. But more than both of those, there is nothing like the exhilarating feeling of finishing a race.

Making it to the end, the goal has been reached. Hopefully, you’re pleased with how you got there. There is no more huffing or puffing, no more running. Bbut that runners’ high remains. You get to cool off, and with the Peachtree, you get to enjoy solid post-race eats. If tradition holds, I will have again finished before my brother. And for me, I will soon wear my Peachtree shirt for what will likely be the only time.

Do you agree with me? Is the finish the best part of the race? What are your favorite parts of the course? What do you like most about the Peachtree?

17 comments Add your comment

Oraclejacket

June 29th, 2011
9:38 pm

I enjoy the 3 downhill miles before Peachtree Battle. The terrain is in your favor, so you can interact with the crowd – give high fives to little kids along the sidewalk, talk with other runners, grab a doughnut if Publix is passing them out, etc.

Also, the walkers and people who randomly stop running when they are right in front of you don’t get started in a big way until after Peachtree Battle.

Dee

June 29th, 2011
10:07 pm

Agreed! The Finish!

mattborenstein

June 29th, 2011
10:21 pm

The downhill is certainly nice (and gives you a solid first 5K), but then the course turns mean pretty quick.

PJ

June 29th, 2011
10:43 pm

The finish and just all the energy of all the people who came out so early just to cheer people on.

Debbie

June 30th, 2011
5:17 am

Yes, definitely the FINISH! The PRR will be my first 10K and my only goal is to finish. I’ve been running a year and in the 5K’s I’ve run, the Finish is definitely the best part. The feeling of accomplishment it brings is why I run races.

Alan B

June 30th, 2011
6:02 am

The start of the race at Lennox; the large American flag flying, the helicopters flying above, the National Anthem and prayer, being with my family, feeling the inexplicable excitement in the air, and getting fired up thinking about our country and all the freedoms we have in our lives. That is what gets me going!!

RM

June 30th, 2011
8:55 am

I don’t know yet! I’ll let you know afterwards! HA!

troy

June 30th, 2011
10:28 am

Definately the start. Seeing the jostling sea of humanity, popping up and down like a sheet in the wind, is a unique sight. The anticipation, the excitement, and the comraderie you feel with your fellow runners embarking on Atlanta’s finest tradition is beyond compare.

Cardiac is too hyped

June 30th, 2011
11:03 am

I love the downhill portion too and had I known about it sooner I would not have let cardiac hill scare me away from PRR the first two years I received numbers and a few years before that too. You gain so much momentum from coming down that hill that you are half way up cardiac before you even realize you are now running up hill. The fisnish gets deceiving trying to figure out how far away that overhead banner is.

BlahBlahBlah

June 30th, 2011
12:05 pm

Hills are delicious. Blasting past a bunch of folks who gassed out on Cardiac = huge rush of adrenaline. It justifies all the training.

BlahBlahBlah

June 30th, 2011
12:07 pm

On the other hand, I do sorta agree with those who say “the start”. When my wave begins the march to the start line it’s an awesome feeling.

ZACK

June 30th, 2011
2:14 pm

The whole race is an amazing experience, but the best park is every single person on the sides cheering you on. Could be a small child, a hot babe, or the priest throwing holy water on you.

THANKS to all that support!!!

See yah Monday!

mattborenstein

June 30th, 2011
2:44 pm

@BlahBlahBlah I like that. As I run up those the hill, I will try to remember my training and use it as an adrenaline rush.

DHD

July 1st, 2011
5:27 am

Running past the Shepherd Center and being thankful that I can run and thankful for the work they do there. God bless everyone of you who cheer us as we go by!!

Walter Little, Jr.

July 1st, 2011
8:13 pm

This will be my first Peachtree and I’m working as a communicator with the other Amateur Radio operators. I’m looking forward to being at the finish line in Piedmont Park and get to cheer the runners on!

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Luli Alonso

July 2nd, 2011
10:22 pm

What’s the best part? Well, this is my first race… ever. I’d have to say winning the lottery and securing a spot for the race has been the best part so far.

This is a race I’ve been wanting to do since I moved to Atlanta over six years ago. The extra 85 lbs I was carrying at the time prevented me from even considering it. After two years of nothing but hard work and healthy eats, here I am ready to give it all I’ve got!

Come Monday morning, there’s no doubt my favorite part will then be crossing the start, then “running” with 59,999 of my fellow runners and ultimately crossing the finish line. Good luck everyone!