We’re four weeks away from the first Black Girls Run! Drive to End Hunger Race Weekend, September 14-16. While the race will be filled with local runners many out-of-towners are making their way to Atlanta to join in the fun. Here are 3 tips for running in Atlanta for locals and visiting folks who might not be familiar with the A-Town.
Respect the Heat. They don’t call it HOTLANTA for nothing. In September chances are it will still be hot. Not only are there high temps here but the humidity can make you feel like you’ve jumped in a pool before you even start running. If it’s going to be hot on race day make sure you hydrate all weekend long and wear appropriate, breathable clothing.
Don’t Be Scared of the Hills. But, do prepare for them. Parts of Atlanta are flat and some
are ridiculous have a few curves. This is a new course but looking at the map we should have a mix of both. While inclines can be challenging keep things in perspective for this race – Atlanta hills aren’t that bad. People in San Francisco giggle at us.
Enjoy The Crowd. We’re a friendly running community in the A – supportive and eclectic. Yes, this is a BGR run but I’m willing to bet you’ll see a diverse group of runners on race day. Like many running communities we cheer strangers on and welcome them into our circle.
If you haven’t registered for the Black Girls Run! Drive to End Hunger 5K, 10K or other weekend activities what are you waiting for? For more information, visit www.blackgirlsrun.com/drivetoendhunger
Winks & Smiles,
Disclosure: As a blog ambassador for the BGR Drive to End Hunger my race registration and many other accomdations are complimentary. As always, my thoughts and opinions are all my own.