Last Saturday, I ran my second Diva Half Marathon in Peachtree City, GA. I’m such a girly girl, so women-centered races are something I can’t resist! It’s so nice to see women being supportive of each other and uplifting.
I gathered all of my pink running gear for the race, including my Diva shoe bling from last year’s race. New for this year, they gave everybody a pink tutu to wear with your bib! Last year I spend the night in a hotel before the race, but this year we drove the 1.5 hours from Atlanta. It wasn’t bad at all!
The Diva Half Marathon series also includes a 5k at each location. The waves are a bit unorganized between the 5k and half marathon, but it wasn’t too bad. It was just slightly confusing. It’s fun to see everyone’s Diva attire.
The Peachtree City Diva Half Marathon is mostly along scenic golf paths throughout neighborhoods. It’s definitely not flat, but the hills aren’t bad at all. I took my time to enjoy the scenery and weather this year. 2014’s race was miserably hot, but it was great this year.
One of my favorite parts of the race is all of the support. Many families come out to cheer for their runners and watch the pink “divas” run by. I even saw a supporter passing out beer! I came across some great race signs which really help the time pass.
They had several photo opportunities set up along the course and the best part is at the 12.5 mile marker where they have a tiara and boa station set up! It’s the perfect diva ending to cross that finish line!
After you’ve picked up your tiara and boa, you run towards the finish line in style. My one complaint about the course is the uphill finish. I just don’t like struggling at the very end, but it’s motivating to see the finish line in sight…and the hot guys handing out medals.
After you’ve crossed the finish line, they have a glass of champagne (or Sprite) waiting for you. It’s a nice touch to the finish line. My friends and I toasted in style!
The best of this race was feeling strong at the end. I’m neck deep in marathon training and the Diva Half gave me the confidence boost I needed to keep pushing past the 13.1 miles. My legs still felt strong when I finished and slowing my pace is helping. I’ll definitely be running the Diva Half Marathon in Peachtree City yearly, even with the unpredictable weather. I love running like a Diva!