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A UNIQUE FOURTH OF JULY TRADITION RUNNING THE PEACHTREE ROAD RACE
W hen you think of the Lighting off fireworks? Grilling burgers at a cookout? Maybe that’s your time to spend with your family on vacation. Everyone’s Fourth of July traditions are different, and, for the past four years, I’ve joined thousands of other runners in Atlanta on Independence Day for the Peachtree Road Race. The Peachtree Road Race is the largest 10K race in the country. Around 60,000 people participate every year. The energy around the race feels more like a huge party than a massive feat of fitness, and tons of vendors give out all kinds of food, including doughnuts and beer. Racers sometimes dress up in costumes, and there’s dancing — it’s just an all- around good time. Fourth of July, what kinds of activities come to mind? I wasn’t always someone who enjoyed running. The first time I ran the Peachtree 10K, it was because Chad Murphy convinced me to do it with him. I didn’t expect it, but running that 10K inspired me. Now I run it every Fourth of July, plus train for and run other road races. I’ve kept training for road races the past four years for a few reasons. One is because I don’t come from a physically healthy background. I
was overweight for a long time, and training for road races helped me get into shape. I’ve lost around 90 pounds since I started running. The other reason I keep doing it is for the people I get to run with. Teri and I do it together every year, and this year my daughters will be running it with us as well. I’ve found that the more people I can get to do the Peachtree Road Race with me, the more I enjoy running it.
I VALUE NOT ONLY PUSHING MYSELF TO DO SOMETHING THAT SEEMS REALLY DIFFICULT IN MY HEAD, BUT ALSO IMPROVING UPON MY PREVIOUS RACES.
my previous races. I’ve even run longer races, like the Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. Eventually, I hope to run the Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon as well. Running may not be everyone’s first choice for fun on the Fourth of July, but participating in the Peachtree Road Race has become my tradition and a way to challenge myself and spend time with family and friends. So, however you spend your Fourth, we at Obiorah Fields hope you have a fun, safe holiday with those you care about!
Ultimately, I think what keeps me coming back is the personal challenge. When I run a race, I don’t really compete with other runners in the race. I compete against my former self. I value not only pushing myself to do something that seems really difficult in my head, but also improving upon
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