Our third time running the ATC Resolution Run. Running this race has become an annual event for my son & I. It started out on a whim, but has developed into a keystone in my master plan to keep training throughout the winter months and holiday season. Other races in this master plan are: Turkey Trot, and recently, the ATC Cross Country 5k . Running the first day of the New Year, has some significance in that it feeds my obsessive nature with an immediate check mark on my annual goals list.
This is becoming a must run for us. Definitely recommend coming out. Rained this year, which made things interesting (read: wet/cold). Would have been pleasant temps otherwise.
Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
Gun time: 12 pm
Distances: 5k, 10k, kids fun run
Course: 5k loop throughout office parks. Twice round for 10k. True rolling hills.
Host: Atlanta Track Club
Weather: Would have been pleasant, except for the January rain. Running shorts, Long sleeve technical, T Shirt, Nike Frees. Ditched the rain-soaked long sleeve on the second 5k.
Terrain: Rolling hills. Often courses are described as rolling hills but are really Hilly. This one is actually rolling hills that some may not notice much. There is only one significant grade for about 200 yds, not too bad (10kers will see it twice). Office parks and industrial lawns. Some insignificant traffic.
Competition: A little for everyone. Walkers, midpackers, and the usual speedy ATC crowd.
General Impression: I went into the race in good shape. Coming off of an out-of-town trip, where I ran a bit, but not too much. PR’ed at that distance. The rain caused a flood of people picking up packets simultaneously, so it was a little scary as the start time approached, and we still didn’t have our packets. But, they handled the situation, got the line down, and postponed the start times enough. Port-a-Potties, always a major concern, were plentiful with no long waits.
Room for improvement: Recovery food was only prepackaged items, would have liked some bananas and bagels. The rain may have been a factor here though. The Real Fruit Bites are always tasty & welcome.