This 4th of July like many past 4th of Julys I ran a road race. In Orlando it was the Watermelon 5k. Now in Atlanta it is the Peachtree Road Race 10k. Every year 55,000 people register and this year for the first time every runner was timed and there were over 50,000 timed finishers, making it the largest timed 10k event in the country. There were actually 10,000 people who tried to register and weren't able to get in.
The big thing in Atlanta is a finisher's t-shirt. Every race I've run up here you don't get your shirt with the number you get the shirt after you complete the race. The Peachtree Road Race shirt is the most coveted shirt in Atlanta. They hold a design contest every year and the winner isn't announced until you pick up your bag after you cross the finish line.
Here's a picture before the race with a couple people I've met through work.
My friend Becki came up to Atlanta to run the Peachtree Road Race with us.
Our official times were: Melissa- 51:54 (3 minutes faster than my last 10k), Craig- 54:21 (qualified for a time group next year!), and Becki- 56:47
After the race we played a round of golf, then watched fireworks a few miles from the house. A very fun 4th of July!