It’s hard to believe it’s already time to register for the AJC Peachtree Road Race…it seems like only yesterday that we were discussing our favorite — and just a few not-so-favorite — moments from last year’s race. With the deadline for registration fast approaching (you have until 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 22 to get in on this — register now before it’s too late, go go go!), it’s time we had a frank talk — go ahead, sit down — about submitting start wave placement times.
I learned the importance of this the hard way last year, when I apparently didn’t enter the correct time from a PRR qualifying race and ended up getting a less-than-desirable start time. So, learn from my mistake — that’s what I’m here for (well, that and complaining about having to do training runs in ridiculously high humidity). In the “Start Wave Placement” area of the registration form, make sure to include a finishing time from a PRR qualifier on or after Jan. 1, 2011 (options include the Chattahoochee Challenge 10K and the Charles Harris 10K) if you want to run in the top seed. Or, submit a time on or after Jan. 1, 2010 to be placed in the appropriate start wave based on your finishing time.
If you don’t care when you start the race — or if you know you’re going to walk or run very slowly — your start wave time probably doesn’t matter much to you. But if you want to get placed in the correct start wave — i.e. run with people at a similar pace — it’s pretty important that you include that finishing time, or risk being thrown into a random start wave. That could mean having to dodge around people slower than you, or being mowed down by people faster than you, and in general feeling cranky and annoyed. Which is no way to run a race — it should be, yknow, all happiness and puppies and rainbows. Right?
Do you have any words of wisdom regarding submitting start wave placement times? Share them below!