Amongst many Atlanta traditions, the AJC Peachtree Road Race holds a dear spot in the hearts of all Atlantan’s. The race is the world’s largest 10k and really highlights the city of Atlanta. This year, competitors like Shalane Flanagan will be leading the pack while the party runners follow behind her. The Peachtree Road Race has become a 4th of July favorite for runners of all experience levels.
I attended day 2 of the Peachtree Road Race Expo today. Atlanta Track Club hosts the expo, which is a huge task with so many runners that need to come through for bib pick up. The Atlanta Track Club has a brilliant set up: the expo mimics the course with a start line, mile markers and finish line. This kept the traffic moving & made navigation easy.
With over 200 vendors, you’ll need a couple of hours to really enjoy everything the expo offers. Upon bib pick up, everybody walks through the Mizuno booth first. As the primary sponser of Atlanta Track Club, they had a huge presence and sold the official merchandise.
After we crossed the “start line” we meandered through each aisle. I’m pretty sure Atlanta is the only place that a race expo hosts a Waffle House booth next door to wellness vendors. But hey– we are a special city.
I have my “favorite must-see” brands that I had to visit. Most of them had prime locations and were easily found. First stop was the booth for my favorite hydration tool- Nuun Hydration tablets. I tried the Kona Cola flavor today and loved it!
Across the aisle happened to be my favorite shoe accessories from Bee Cause charms. They are commemorative charms that lace onto your shoes! Who doesn’t love a little sparkle on your shoes?
Next up on my check-list was Raw Threads Athletics apparel. The moisture-wicking and anti-order bamboo fabric is perfect for any workout. If you follow me on Instagram, you know my crush on Raw Threads is a big deal. I get so many compliments on their designs and they multi-task for me as everyday pieces too. Kate from the Raw Threads team was a great help & I picked two new racerback designs.
One of the biggest draws to the Peachtree Road Race Expo is the amount of other races that have vendor booths. You can score promotion codes, check out the new bling or even sign up on the spot for a race. Big names like Hot Chocolate 15k, Diva Half Marathon Series and Jeff Galloway 13.1 were all present.
The Jeff Galloway 13.1 booth had a long line to spin their wheel for prizes. If lucky, you could’ve won a free race entry to the half marathon. As a Run Disney Addict, I had to stop by and say hi to Jeff himself. I truly admire how he shows up to each event. He is genuine and spends time with every runner. His run, walk, run method will be the reason I finish my first full marathon in January. I highly recommend saying hi to him and asking for any race tips he has.
A couple of hours into the expo and I had a runner’s shopping high. My haul from the expo was fantastic and I found a few new products to try. This year’s expo felt a bit more crowded, but I think it’s because more people show up on the second day. The Peachtree Road Race expo is by far the largest expo for runners that Atlanta offers. I highly recommended going, even if you aren’t running the 10k.
Here are a few expo tips to help you plan:
- Parking is $15, but you can take Marta and skip the traffic.
- The Expo is stroller friendly for families.
- Bring your ID for bib pick up.
- Thank the volunteers who donate their time to help on a holiday weekend.
Is the Peachtree Road Race on your bucket list?