After declaring my goals for 2016, the best way to start the year off right was to run a race on New Years Day! I chose to run with the Atlanta Track Club at their 4 mile Resolution Run. They are the second largest running group in the nation and they offer well organized can’t-miss races.
Of course, we had warm weather all throughout the holidays then, BAM- it’s cold on New Year’s Day. The course started at the Brookhaven Marta station. I arrived early and had no problem finding a parking spot. The volunteers were very helpful and organized with bib pick up which meant I had plenty of time to warm up (ok… sit in the warm car) before the race.
The starting line was a casual self-seed start. I stuck myself in the middle! I loved the 10AM start time too. It’s a nice change to normal race start times.
The course starts is in a residential area of Brookhaven and some residents even woke up to cheer us on. It was slightly narrow at the start, with traffic on the other side of the street, but eventually it opened up.
The course, like any other Atlanta course, wasn’t flat. It was definitely rolling hills, but they offered 1.5 hours to finish the course. Bathrooms and a water station were offered at mile 2.
The course circled back around to the start and I finished in 44:30 with 11:08 average official time. I felt pretty good about it and really enjoyed the 4-mile distance. It was my first 4 mile race.
Post race bagels, fruit pouches and bottled water were offered to runners. The kid’s had their own 50 meter dash to run and received participation medals.
If you’re an Atlanta Track Club member, this race is part of the Grand Prix series and a free event. It was a great way to start my New Year doing what I love most- running! I highly recommend any Atlanta Track Club race. The organization is exceptional. You won’t regret it.