To start off the weekend, Momma K and I headed down to Atlantic Station to pick up our bibs on Saturday. Usually we volunteer at packet pickup, but this year was a little different. While packet pickup was fairly small with mainly bib and shirt pickup along with a few little vendor/sponsor areas and some Atlanta Track Club merchandise, we had a good time running into a few friends and taking advantage of a few photo ops. I honestly miss the days of the actual expo with different vendors and activities, but what was nice is that parking was free (for up to 2 hours) versus $10+ in some areas of downtown where the expo was previously. While at packet pickup you could tell what runners were likely running their first half marathon or marathon tomorrow, so it was fun to share the excitement with them.
I waited in the corral for about 15-20 minutes total from the time that I entered to the time that I crossed the start line so that wasn't bad at all. I got to hang out with my friends Danielle and Jennifer which also made time go by faster.
I had finally made my way to Georgia Tech! BOOM! I always get so happy when I enter campus! At mile 11 you pass through a final food station with orange slices and an AWESOME cheer zone by Georgia Tech! I look forward The final mile is ran on Marietta Parkway and has so much course support in that final stretch. From local radio stations to running clubs to runners lining the way to cheer on other runners, it is the perfect final push that you need to finish strong.
Seriously though, these boxes ROCKED! Sometimes you get similar boxes at races and the food is just weird. We had a nice selection of snacks to chose from on top of our beverages of water, PowerADE, and ice cold Chocolate Milk at the finish line as well. From muffins to fruit and even string cheese! WIN!
April 13 - Atlanta Women's 5K
April 27 - Singleton 4 Miler (FREE for Atlanta Track Club members)
June 1 - Braves Country 5K
There are so many benefits to being a member of Atlanta Track Club including race discounts, discounted training programs, and more. To become a member (or renew your membership), go to the Atlanta Track Club website for more information.