I had this old poster from a previous AJC Peachtree Road Race. It read: “So hot even the pavement runs.” It’s going to be one of those days tomorrow.
It’s going to be hot. We knew that going in, and even as the temperature in the city cools from the record highs of last week, the heat will play a huge role in this year’s AJC Peachtree Road Race.
Here’s the first thing to know: The Atlanta Track Club said in an e-mail to runners this morning that the race will begin in Alert Code Yellow (more on the color codes here). That means a moderate alert, “less than ideal conditions for the start time on Wednesday morning.”
“We encourage our participants to take it easy and be prepared for conditions to possibly get worse. We ask our runners to pay attention to the Event Alert System along the course as conditions change.
“Please utilize the water stops that will be available along the course on both sides of the street as well as the cooling stations. Hydrate prior to the start of the event, and stay mindful of how you feel. Listen to your body and if you’re not feeling well, be sure to seek medical assistance which is available along the course.”
The race will be among one of the hottest ever. WSB-TV forecasts the temperature at 7 a.m. to be 73 and 8 a.m. to be 76. That would make it around the same temperature as last year – a temperature I thought was very hot, and it was the hottest start temp in six years.
So be sure to read our blog from yesterday and drink some water today (and hopefully you drank some water yesterday, too). Be careful and pay attention tomorrow – to your body and the road. There is a lot of construction around the start on Peachtree parts of the street will be fenced off.
Have a great run/jog/walk/stroll/roll. There will be a t-shirt waiting for you at the end.