Peachtree Road Race
Hours: July 4 – 6:45 a.m. wheelchair; 7:30 a.m. footrace
Part pilgrimage, part road race, Peachtree is truly a tradition for many Atlantans. Whether this is your thousandth road race, your first competition or just a day’s diversion, the Peachtree Road Race is a must for any Atlantan. This year, the race anticipates 150,000 spectators, so pick your spot early for prime viewing real estate. Spectator spots vary from mile one the Buckhead shopping district to mile six where competitors reunite with their support teams. Camp out on Cardiac Hill to watch the racers really struggle, or enjoy art curve, but don’t miss this amazing annual display of Atlantan talent.
If you missed the sign up or were not lucky enough to get in the ticket lottery to race, you may still participate in this amazing race. Sign up as a volunteer here to enjoy the festivities by being a weekend water station volunteer or an expo volunteer.
Click here for registration information
A request for entry in March places you into a lottery for a race number. Entrants then receive an email to whether they were selected. This year more than 60,000 people registered. Do not worry if you do not get a number as many without official race numbers still walk, run and hangout along the race route. You must specify at the time of sign up if you will pick up your ticket at the Peachtree Health and Fitness Expo or online. To pick up your number at the expo you will need a copy of your race number confirmation and a form of ID, such as a driver’s license, school ID, etc.
The race starts in the Buckhead are of Atlanta near Lenox Square Mall and ends in Piedmont Park. Participants and spectators are encouraged to take MARTA at 5 a.m. the day of the race as it’s the cheapest, most convenient option, especially when the streets become congested. The Lenox MARTA station offers options to get to the start of the race, and the Midtown MARTA station or the Art Center MARTA Station run to the finish line.
Peachtree Health and Fitness Expo
Georgia World Congress Center
285 Andrew Young International Blvd., Exhibit Hall A2
Atlanta, GA 30313
Hours: July 2 to 3 – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Get a jump on the your Peachtree Road Race experience at the Peachtree Health and Fitness Expo. Pick up your race number and enjoy a day of shopping and garnering tips from industry pros. Expect vendors from the health, nutrition, injury prevention and fitness industries as well as running apparel and gear vendors. Be sure to plan to spend at least a couple of hours here to network and prepare as much as possible before the race.
61 North Ave.
Atlanta, Ga 30308
The world’s largest drive-in makes a perfect spot for all to gather before, during or after the big race. It boasts room for 600 cars and more than 800 people on any given day. This location also sits right near the corporate offices of Coca-Cola — rightfully so as the world’s largest single outlet for Coca-Cola.
3400 Around Lenox Rd NE # 304
Atlanta, GA 30326
For the best brunch in Atlanta, nobody beats Dantanna’s. Scarf that recovery meal — hey, watching people run is hard work — enjoying anything from fruit and berry crepes to corned beef hash and eggs. Expect stellar service, and a post-race meal that’ll leave you just as high as the event itself. The true not-to-miss dishes here though, lobster-stuffed crepes and Dantanna’s style eggs, promise the perfect pick me up after the race.
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