What races are you running to prepare?

The 5K Pack Hike in Lawrenceville is Saturday, May 5, 2012.  Photo by Jason Getz

The 5K Pack Hike in Lawrenceville is Saturday, May 5, 2012. Photo by Jason Getz

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?

4 comments Add your comment

cmrc

March 22nd, 2012
10:21 pm

“…fighting people for port-a-potties.”

Your summary of the Peachtree is “running in a big group, packet pickup and fighting people for port-a-potties?”

Are you trying to discourage newbies? How about: world’s largest 10K; humble beginning with just 110 runners in 1970; follows famous Peachtree Street into fantastic Piedmont Park; includes the Olympic mile in midtown; big purses for professionals; every registered runner gets actual timing; wave starts let everyone have room to run; the fastest finishers will finish before the last groups even start; world-class finish area with refreshments, awards stage and music by Yacht Rock Revue; and on and on…

She's honest not a shill

March 23rd, 2012
9:37 am

She’s just summarizes what a newbie will actually experience. They won’t get to experience 110 runners in 1970. Running in the world’s largest 10k sorta implies running in a big group. Wave starts are certainly nice and help but, again, like you said it’s still the largest 10k, you are getting away from a large group of people to navigate through. It is unlikely that a newbie reading this blog is actually competing for or will even see the runners that get the big purses. And in today’s races, it is the rare race that doesn’t have individual timing.

She's honest not a shill

March 23rd, 2012
9:38 am

“…you *aren’t* getting away from a large group of people to navigate through…”

ATC Member

March 26th, 2012
8:55 am

How do you become a blog writer for the AJC Peachtree road race? The current writers are horrible.