Now that the mad dash to register for the AJC Peachtree Road Race lottery is over (Good luck — may the odds be ever in your favor!), it’s time to start looking ahead to the actual race.
If you’ve never done an organized run, it might not be a bad idea to do a 5K to prepare for the PRR. Sure, a 5K is only half the distance, but it’ll help get you in the organized running mindset and give you an idea of what to expect come race day in terms of running in a big group, packet pickup and fighting people for port-a-potties. And it’s just a nice way to motivate yourself as the weather gets more humid (Mom would be so disappointed if you skipped the race you paid $30 to enter).
There are a ton to choose from in the next few months, including the Run for Orphans 5K in Alpharetta Saturday, March 31 (it’s also a Peachtree qualifier if you want to use the time toward next year’s PRR registration); the Sweetwater 420 Fest 5K in Candler Park on Saturday, April 21 and the 7th Annual Big Peach 5K in Atlanta Saturday, May 5. Run Georgia has a pretty comprehensive listing if you decide to go for it.
For veterans– is there a race you like to do in advance of the PRR? What about your favorite 5K makes it ideal for a Peachtree newbie?