The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race 10K is an annual tradition that takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 4th. THE PEACHTREE FILLS UP FAST. The first 45,000 Peachtree applications received at the Post Office Boxes are automatically accepted into the race.
Review: I live in Atlanta and have run this race for the past 6 years. It was my first race ever and is the reason I started running. It is true the race is very crowded (60,000 participants allowed this year) but you can submit a time and be placed in one of the top start waves. I have been in Group B for the past 3 years (striving for Group A) and set my 10K PR last year so don't let anyone tell you that you can't get a good time or PR in this race. My husband is in Group A and he also PR'd. It is very well organized and post-race is fun, too. Who doesn't like to drink beer at 9am in Piedmont Park! I do and will do it for as long as my body will let me! Happy Running!
Review: One of my favorites, but like everyone else said, unless your are seeded, just do this one for fun. Take the family and just enjoy the exercise and the festivities. You have to sign up immediately when applications come out, around March 17, to even get a chance to run. The race permits 55,000 people to run, and it sells out in a few days, literally. In 2009, 45,000 people registered online, and those spots sold out in about 8 hours. I don't know of another race anywhere that does that. 10,000 were mail-ins picked at random. If you want to run this one, plan way ahead. And if you do get in, it will be a lot of fun.
Review: This was my first 10K at age 12 or so and it's still one of my favorites. Don't come out expecting to get a good time - there are way too many people around, the weather is usually hot and muggy, and the course is hilly. It's an Atlanta tradition and one of the biggest 10Ks in the country. Do it.
Review: This is the largest 10K in the country and a 4th of July tradition for many Atlantans and Georgians. This past year I was in a sub-seeded group and was able to run it competitively. Unless you are seeded or sub-seeded (you must submit verification that you complete a 10K under at least 42 minutes) don't worry about your time. It is best to just go out, run with a friend, and have a good time in this race. This year the race ended at the Atlanta Civic Center which is a change from where the course traditionally ends which is in Peidmont Park. The Peidmont Park finish is much more desirable not only because of the park itself but because of the change it made to the course. It made it a little more hilly than usual. Overall, running this race has become a tradition for me and some of my family members. I can't imagine 4th of July without it.
Review: This race is always fun because you are never alone. It's awesome to see people all over the streets in Atlanta for once instead of cars and traffic! In 2008 we didnt finish in Piedmont Park because of the sever drought and the modified up-hill ending was tough. And wading through the crowds afterwards was somewhat disappointing because you had to walk at least another 1/2 mile before getting to the music and festivities.