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?