The Peachtree Health and Fitness Expo on July 2 -3 serves as the kickoff to the AJC 2016 Peachtree Road Race on the Fourth of July. The Expo hosts 100+ vendors featuring the latest in running apparel and shoes, sports nutrition products, injury prevention, health and fitness services, gear, etc. Over 40,000 runners and walkers attend the Peachtree Health and Fitness Expo, which is the number pick-up location for AJC Peachtree Road Race participants. Located in the Georgia World Congress Center in Downtown Atlanta, the expo is free and open to the public.
The Expo will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center, Bldg C, Exhibit Hall C1, 362 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30313. The expo is free and open to the public, but parking rates apply if using the GWCC lots.
The AJC 2016 Peachtree Road Race, organized by Atlanta Track Club, is the largest 10K in the world. In its 47th running, the AJC 2016 Peachtree Road Race has become a Fourth of July tradition for thousands of people throughout the metro Atlanta area and beyond. The AJC Peachtree Road Race starts in Buckhead near Lenox Square Mall and ends in Midtown Atlanta in Piedmont Park.
- 6:43 a.m. – Wheelchair Race
- 7:18 a.m. – Women’s Elite Start
- 7:30 a.m. – Main Start
Want To Watch?
One hundred and fifty thousand spectators line the sides of Peachtree Road to enjoy the world’s largest 10K. If you’re going to be one of them, you’ll need to pick your spot and pick it early. Our recommendation: find a place where you can obtain refreshments, shade and, of course, a good view of the course. Here’s where to start:
The place where it all starts – the center of Buckhead shopping. If you’re watching the race in this part of town, you’ll get to see the monstrous start crowds. Cool your heels while your friends line up for the start by having a bagel and java at a local coffee house or scope out all the luxury shopping you can do later.
Top recommendations for getting the true crowd feel is watching the race where W. Paces Ferry, Peachtree and Roswell Road meet. Further down mile two, you’ll find The Cathedral of St. Philip, at 2744 Peachtree Road, which is known for hosting race day events. See Dean Sam Candler sprinkle the runners with “holy water”.
Shop and watch. Good locations in mile three for watching the race are at the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center and at Piedmont Hospital, where music is playing and runners are conquering Cardiac Hill.
In mile four, it’s all about the business of getting down the course toward the finish and recovering from the workout of Cardiac Hill. This section attracts spectators from the surrounding residential areas, and some from the local dining/beverage establishments.
This is where it really becomes a spectator sport, in the section after Peachtree crosses I-85 heading south toward Woodruff Arts Center and the restaurants of Colony Square and Midtown.
Mile Six (and the .2)
Positioned here, you can watch all the race excitement and still walk to the family meeting area in the meadow at Piedmont Park, to congratulate family and friends on their accomplishment. The corner of Peachtree and 10th Streets is a very popular area for race watching and festivities. As you head to the park, there are a number of shaded areas for watching the race, as well as numerous trendy Midtown restaurants where you can sit on your duff and enjoy the race.
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