The AJC Peachtree Road Race is almost here

The final 1.5 miles of training have been completed. With one final lap around the lake at Murphy Candler Park this morning, I’m as trained as I’ll be for this year’s AJC Peachtree Road Race. All that’s between me and the race is a weekend of work, rest and a solid weekend of sports on TV (Wimbledon finals, Tour de France start, NASCAR race at Daytona, Braves, etc.). No more running until 7:45 a.m. Monday morning. What about for you out there? What are the weekend plans (expo, anyone) and how are you feeling a little more than 48 hours from the start – less than 48 hours for those running the race overseas?

To get you ready, there is plenty of stuff online here at and over at the track club’s website plus there is the expo Saturday and Sunday at AmericasMart in downtown. One thing about the expo: for those that believe they were placed in the wrong start wave, there will be a Race Solutions area with Peachtree staffers that may be able to help. Take your number and any certified race results/documentation.

Here are some of my favorite race-related things up on (other than my blogs, of course) to get you ready:

- An interactive infographic on who is running

- The race by-the-numbers: Blog, Photos

- What to eat after the race

- What to eat before you run

- Best part of the race? The finish.

- Answers to questions from a Peachtree rookie

- Post-race deals

- The race helps a formerly homeless man live

- The old-school shirts: The 1970s and 80s

- Bill Thorn plans to keep his streak alive and run 42nd Peachtree. Yes, that’s all of them.

- Who would want to run six miles without shoes? These people.

- Neal Boortz doesn’t like the race cheaters, but he also won’t run/walk because of the heat. He’ll be watching.

And come back to on Monday to check your time and see how you finished.

My final thoughts: Hope for a cool morning (the early forecast says there could be rain), have a great race and be sure to have fun. Talk to you after the run.

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July 1st, 2011
9:39 pm

Can’t believe it is already here. I think it is going to be a hot one this year. Doing my last 5K run in the a.m. then eating 2nd breakfast and heading to the expo to get my # and look around. Maggiano’s Sunday for carbo loading :-) Can’t wait, this will be my 4th one, my hubby’s 3rd and my son’s 1st :-)

Gen Neyland

July 1st, 2011
10:25 pm

A race is a race, so I’m stepping out on a limb and saying Jimmie Johnson repays Junior and pushes him to a win at Daytona…There’s a part of me that wishes I were with you all in this year’s PRR but my bride and I decided to take 2011 and spend it with family (grandchildren mostly) away from the race…I wish you all the best come 04JUL. Have a great time and hoopefully we’ll meet up at the U.S. 10K Classic on Labor Day…


July 1st, 2011
10:27 pm

I have a 5 mile run slated for Saturday morning, then head to expo to pick up my race packet, followed by a volunteer shift with the Atlanta Track Club meeting elite runners at the airport. Then it’s my pre-race dinner with friends on Saturday night. Sunday is a shift as a volunteer at the Georgia Aquarium and then home to relax until 5am on Monday. By 9am Monday morning I plan to be at Joe’s on Juniper getting ready to celebrate with my running friends. What a great weekend!!


July 2nd, 2011
4:03 pm

Less than an hour is the goal. Let’s do it!!


July 3rd, 2011
11:36 am

The world’s greatest single gathering of narcissists at one time. Running for health, in choking car fumes.


July 3rd, 2011
11:47 am

While Ross sits at home, absorbed in his own inflated sense of self-importance….on second thought, come join us Ross, you’d fit right in!

Gen Neyland

July 3rd, 2011
9:11 pm

Oh Ross, Ross, Ross…. Many of us run far and away from city streets but those that do run city streets are 10x’s better off than the sit-at-homers. May the participants have a blast tomorrow morning. You’ll all be on my mind when I awake…


July 4th, 2011
12:37 am

Here’s a Peachtree story worth publishing.