Peachtree Road Race
Why Run It: Join the sweaty masses of the world’s largest 10K, also the largest road race in the country, which has swelled to 60,000 participants from just 150 in its first running in 1970. The colossal American flag hanging at the starting line, which measures 60-by-30 feet and takes 15 volunteers to assemble, sets the patriotic spirit, while the elite field sets the stage for serious competition. Water stops at each mile help keep runners hydrated amidst brutal humidity and temperatures that usually reach the mid-90s on race day. Leave some gas in the tank for the infamous Cardiac Hill, which climbs 12 stories in less than a mile, near the midway point of the course. Unlike many other races, your T-shirt awaits at the finish line at Piedmont Park — its design, the result of an annual contest, is a closely guarded secret every year.
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