Four years now at the ATC Resolution Run (my son and & I)–The Queen and Princess graced us with their presence this year. The race is basically in the same area as the past several years, but with a new route. I personally feel the new route is an improvement. Still true rolling hills, but with more variety in the hills, and interest overall. The biggest benefit is you don’t have to watch all the super fast runners coming back while your still going out on the old out-and-back section. I also feel the hill variety is better. However, both the start and finish are uphill–not super grades, but enough to notice on cold or tired legs.
My first race of the year (obviously), having this race on the calendar keeps one motivated during the dietary and activity disaster zones that are Thanksgiving through New Year’s.
Location: Kennesaw, Georgia (exit 269 Barret Pkwy)
Gun time: 11:10 pm (11am–5k, 10:30–fun run)
Distances: 5k, 10k, kids fun run
Course: Two separate 5k loops throughout office parks. Twice round for 10k. True rolling hills.
Registration: $25–5k & 10k; one-mile fun run–$10; Tiny Trot–Free
Host: Atlanta Track Club
Weather: Perfect weather. About 56 degrees at start. Showers had just passed before we showed up at 9:45 or so.
Terrain: New route has more variety than last year. 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. One or two hills to motor up, but not bad. Office parks and industrial lawns. Some insignificant traffic.
Competition: A little for everyone. Walkers, midpackers, and the usual speedy ATC crowd.
General Impression: Port-a-Potties were abundant, with a moderate line only just before the 5k start. Not a soul in line just before the 10k start. The wave start was good in the respect of removing the initial crush between pure runners, joggers and walkers. New route is an improvement.
Room for improvement: Recovery food was better than last year (thanks), with good bagels, Powerade, and some type of fruity granola bars. Still would have liked bananas. The largest issue (as it is in many races) is I think more emphasis can be made on asking people to observe some race etiquette–not seeding yourself up front if you know you’re going to go slow, check over shoulder before you step out to pass someone, check behind you before you decide to come to a dead stop in the middle of the road.
I love this race. Will be back next year.
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