Atlanta is an ideal city for runners, where you'll be in good company as you hit the local trails, enter races, and enjoy getting and staying healthy.
The following are some things that all Atlanta runners know are true after becoming familiar with the area and all it has to offer:
Best place to buy running gear
Big Peach Running Co., or BPRC, does a lot more than just sell running shoes and gear. From their TransFORMed running form classes to their willingness to host running groups, the locally owned company, which has seven locations, helps promote running in the Atlanta area.
If you've visited the store, you're familiar with the company's Fit Process, which ensures you get the right shoe. First, a digital image of your foot is taken to help measure the width, shape and arch of your feet in addition to the distribution of pressure. The next step is a video gait analysis that analyzes your running form. Employees will then help you decide what the best fit is for you. The store even offers free same-day delivery within more than 80 local ZIP codes.
Best precautions to take when running
Running in the Atlanta heat and humidity can be dangerous. Before starting a run, Atlantans know to pay attention to the heat index, which reflects what the temperature really feels like, and the local pollen count if you have allergies.
Staying well hydrated, using sunscreen, and running in the early morning or evening, if possible, is also a must. But if you can't beat the sunrise, try a treadmill or indoor track. Need sunshine no matter what? Locals know to choose a trail that's relatively leveled and shaded, such as Murphey Candler Park Trail in Brookhaven.
Where to eat after the AJC Peachtree Road Race
If you're one of the 60,000 runners participating in this yearly event, you know to refuel afterward. Race sponsors including Publix usually have plenty of goodies, like apples, bagels, granola bars and of course fresh peaches.
Where the best trails are
Atlanta is lucky to have a large number of beautiful running trails that offer some excellent scenery to enjoy.
Chastain Park Trail has a three-mile trail that stays busy. Since it's part of Chastain Park, you can let the kids play on the equipment afterward.
Eastside Beltline Trail totals four miles, including paved and unpaid sections. It runs from Piedmont Park to Inman Park and beyond, and you'll get to enjoy some beautiful views of the skyline.
Then there's Cochran Shoals. This 5k loop follows along the banks of the Chattahoochee River, offering beautiful scenery on a nearly level route.
So despite the heat and traffic, Atlanta is a very runner-friendly area. Whether you're new to town or are a longtime resident, you'll find plenty of places to run, shop for gear or race.