For my half marathon in Georgia, I really wanted to run the one on Tybee Island. However, the year I was planning on running it, there was talk of cancelling it so to be on the safe side I found another half in Snellville, Georgia around the same time (February) and thought that would be fine. I was very wrong indeed.
My word of advice: think twice about running a race that’s entirely on an expressway. For much of the race, all I could see was the highway and trees along the sides and nothing else. At least in my experience, highways aren’t the most scenic of places. Even worse, your sense of direction is thrown off because all you see is miles upon miles of highway with no houses or anything to break up the distances so it’s really difficult to judge how far you’ve gone or how far you have left.
I received a cotton long-sleeve shirt of pretty low-quality and a fairly plain medal; both had the race logo on them (the red, yellow, and blue squares), as seen on the banner in the photo below. Food at the finish was the usual bananas, oranges, bagels, water. It was so cold and rainy I didn’t even want to get any food, though. I just wanted to get back to my warm hotel room.
This was a race that I was happy to just finish. After I was done running, we couldn’t get out of there fast enough. We did have a fun time in Atlanta, which was close-by so I’m glad we could at least enjoy the sights there.
If you’re looking for things to do in Atlanta, here are just a few suggestions and some of the things my family and I did while we were there: visit the Atlanta Botanical Garden, be awed by all of the animals at the Georgia Aquarium, see some art exhibits at the High Museum of Art and get a burger and milkshake at the The Varsity, the world’s largest drive-in restaurant.
From my post-race notes:
“Ran along Ronald Reagan expressway for entire course (very boring, not scenic at all). Hillier than expected. Chilly and rainy. Not one of the best races I’ve ran. Had great kids play area at start/finish area, but was too rainy and cold for the kids to even enjoy them. My finish time was 1:59:49.”