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Old 07-04-2019, 06:51 AM
 
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Why is it called a race?

I tried watching a little of it on TV out of curiosity and all I saw was a crowd of out-of-shape people walking and a street covered with the garbage of flattened paper cups. It looked more like Lenox Square on the day after Thanksgiving than any actual road race I've ever seen -- except that no one would drop that kind of trash all over the ground at Lenox.

I saw the race once before, live, when I lived in Atlanta, about 40 years ago, and the people in it were actually running. You know, as in a race.

What happened? And why on EARTH are they using paper cups? What happened to recyclable plastic bottles in road races?

 
Old 07-04-2019, 07:02 AM
 
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All people do in this city is complain.
 
Old 07-04-2019, 07:20 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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All people do in this city is complain.
No kidding.

It's more than a race; it's an event, and a great, long-standing (50 years now!) tradition for the city of Atlanta and its citizens (I love that whole families often participate in it). Why anyone would try and cast it in a negative light is beyond me.
 
Old 07-04-2019, 09:45 AM
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Why is it called a race?

I tried watching a little of it on TV out of curiosity and all I saw was a crowd of out-of-shape people walking and a street covered with the garbage of flattened paper cups. It looked more like Lenox Square on the day after Thanksgiving than any actual road race I've ever seen -- except that no one would drop that kind of trash all over the ground at Lenox.

I saw the race once before, live, when I lived in Atlanta, about 40 years ago, and the people in it were actually running. You know, as in a race.

What happened? And why on EARTH are they using paper cups? What happened to recyclable plastic bottles in road races?
Because many do race. The Peachtree Road Race is the world's largest 10k, and people from all over the world come to compete. Go look at the list of winners and the countries they are from. The winners are averaging 4:30 miles (13 MPH), which is faster than I ride my bike for exercise on the Silver Comet. That's insane.

There are 60,000 people in it...more than 10% of the entire metro population. Even if 5,000 people were truly racing, that would leave 55,000 people just doing it for fun. Even if 3/4 of the people raced, 15,000 would still be there just for fun.

As for the paper cups, the people who are competing aren't going to carry a water bottle. Actually, those people probably don't drink during the race anyway. It would be great if people who were just recreationally running or certainly those walking would use a personal water bottle. It all gets cleaned up though.
 
Old 07-04-2019, 09:46 AM
 
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Because it is an actual race.
 
Old 07-04-2019, 11:37 AM
 
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Today the men' finisher ran the fastest 10K on US soil ever! That is certainly a race. In fact there were 4 course records set today. The Atlanta Track Club has made huge strides in being environmentally friendly.

If you were out there this morning in the crowds you would be amazed the positive energy and community feel. This is an event that we should be proud of. There were people of all races, ethnicities, religions and political parties and we all had a great time and were respectful of each other.
 
Old 07-04-2019, 01:18 PM
 
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It's a serious race for runners at all levels, even if you're just competing against yourself.

Competitive runners are grouped in flights based on their ability. If you don't submit performance data you get lumped in with the masses at the end. I did it for years, in part to prove to myself that I could still cover 6 miles on foot in a reasonable time.

If you don't think it's a race, wait until you're chugging up Cardiac Hill and the folks from the Shepherd Center come out to cheer you on.
 
Old 07-04-2019, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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I had the joy to do this four times back in the late 90s early 00s before the move to Texas. The most Atlanta thing I ever did. What a wonderful tradition. For me, the race was against myself, to complete the race and better my personal time. The actually professional runners had actually crossed the line long before my group ever made it to the starting line.

The OP has been properly educated. But add to this.
 
Old 07-04-2019, 04:20 PM
 
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Why is it called a race?

I tried watching a little of it on TV out of curiosity and all I saw was a crowd of out-of-shape people walking and a street covered with the garbage of flattened paper cups. It looked more like Lenox Square on the day after Thanksgiving than any actual road race I've ever seen -- except that no one would drop that kind of trash all over the ground at Lenox.
If that is all you saw then you must have slept in this morning! The first 30 minutes were filled with elite athletes setting records and over the next hour plus you could see runners and walkers of all ages, colors and fitness levels out there enjoying some physical activity while getting cheered on by smiling, happy crowds.

Don't poop on The Peachtree!
 
Old 07-04-2019, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Ono Island, Orange Beach, AL
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It is called a race because it is a race. Why in tarnation are you whining about it? Watched it on TV? Get your arse out there and run it off. Idiotic.
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