I don’t wake up at the crack of dawn to run boring races. I pay for the races that are fun and worth my time. The Atlanta Women’s 5k is one of the best local races that I run year after year. The energy is vibrant and the runners are diverse. You run alongside mother-daughter groups, competitive runners, beginners and sister teams. Since the race is only open to women, the Atlanta Women’s 5k caters to female runners with plenty of swag.
The course runs through one of Atlanta’s most beautiful neighborhoods and you can see the skyline in the distance. Don’t let the 5k distance fool you, the race has plenty of hills to challenge runners at every level. I lined up with my two girlfriends and we walk/ran it together. To be honest, I didn’t even remember to start my watch because I was enjoying myself so much before the start.
The biggest reason I run is for the amazing friendships I’ve made. Running with these incredible women feels special. We all come from different walks of life, different age groups and diverse levels of running. We all connect through our passion for running. That is powerful. That’s what makes the Atlanta Women’s 5k worth waking up for.
The race’s sponsor is Northside Hospital. I gave birth to both of my sons at their Women’s Center and have great memories with them. It’s a very fitting sponsor for this race, which empowers women.
At the end of the race, you receive a great medal and a rose. It’s hard to find a 5k in Atlanta with a finisher’s medal, but Atlanta Track Club doesn’t hold back. They also provide post-race refreshments and fun photo opportunities.
There’s not many local races that are worth repeating in Atlanta, but the Atlanta Women’s 5k is one of them!