The AJC Peachtree Road Race is a great way to celebrate the Fourth of July in Atlanta. However, it is a busy event with a lot going on. Here is everything you should know before the event begins.
The race starts early. Wheelchair racers go at 6:43 a.m. The main race begins at 7:30 a.m.
You can see coverage of it on Channel 2 Action News and online. The race begins during WSB-TV’s morning show. The beginning and end of the race will definitely be streamed on wsbtv.com. They may stream the whole race online via a chopper feed, but that is not certain.
For people watching the race in person:
There will be security checkpoints. These are new to the race this year. Rich Kenah, executive director of the Atlanta Track Club, said they are in line with “best practices” of races around the world.
The checkpoints will be at the Piedmont Park finish line and several points along the route. Anything fans are carrying in a bag before the checkpoints must be searched and put in a clear plastic bag. Spectators are encouraged to bring their items in clear bags or not to bring a bag. This applies to runners and people watching.
The Atlanta Police Department will provide security for the event with a number of officers on the streets.
It’s going to be hot. Please be careful. The forecast as of this writing is calling for high temperatures and humidity. The Track Club has issued a red alert advising runners to slow down.
Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said temperatives would be in the low 70s and muggy and cloudy. Rain is not expected during the race.
The AJC has a guide for preparing to race in hot weather. Avoid alcohol and coffee. Drink water. Run more slowly during the race, and don’t forget that runners feel 20 degrees warmer than the outside temperature because of their physical activity.
There are some recommended viewing spots. For those interested in seeing the race in person, the Atlanta Track Club has a list of good places.