Yesterday the entry form for the 2008 Peachtree Road Race came out in the Atlanta paper and if you’re hoping to run this year you should have already put your entry in the mail. If you missed the paper or if you’re out of town you can download a scanned copy of the registration form here.
The Peachtree Road Race is the world’s largest 10K road race and if you’ve never done it before it is a blast. With 55,000 runners and many more spectators it’s one of the best July 4 traditions I know of. I first ran the Peachtree when I was 12 or 13 years old (whatever the minimum age was at the time) and it was by far the longest distance I had ever run. It is still one of my favorite races today.
Unlike other big races like the NY Marathon, the Peachtree numbers are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no online applications and no “lottery” to choose who gets in. Generally if you mail in your entry on Monday after the form comes out in the Sunday paper you’ll get in. Mail it Tuesday and you’ll probably be out of luck.