I have to say that, despite my general disdain for large races, I once again raced the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta with 59,999 other folks. My thoughts:
- This is possibly the best organized race anywhere. For starters, I had my packet mailed to me so that I didn't have to go to the expo.
- Good swag (finisher t-shirt, always the coveted item, given out in an organized fashion at the finish; Whole Foods postrace box of a packet of nuts, a Clif Bar, and Dang Coconut Chips, toasted cacao flavor; and for extra $--and yes, I did spring for these--another shirt, sent months before the race, and a finisher's medal, strangely mailed a few days before the race)
- Efficient wave start
- Sufficient water stops
- Various mist sprayers and sprinklers
- Fans all along the course, some handing out ice pops, bottled water, etc.
My run was pretty slow, as expected (there was a high alert heat warning), but pleasant, not terribly crowded after the first half-mile or so. I clocked along at about a 12-minute pace early but slowed down to walk through all water stops and drink slowly.
I should add that I had the luxury of friends dropping me off and picking me up near the start and finish. So that was nice.