runnING in georgia.

the fourth annual ing georgia marathon is going to be taking place in about twelve days. i have run this race twice, running the inaugural 26.2 four years ago and posting my best ever marathon time last year. i love this race. i love the course, i love how well it showcases the city, strolling through inman park, candler park, decatur, emory hills, va-hi, midtown, tech and downtown. i love it because i ran my best time ever there.

but what i really love it for is how importance it has become for the running community in atlanta. around november you start hearing people talking about “the ING.” getting ready for it, talking about the course, those of us who ran the first year when it was 80 and there was no powerade talking like we are veterans of a foreign war.

this run has become part of what binds our running community in this city. so much so, that i almost feel guilty not running it. maybe next year.

by the way, there are plenty of spots available for both the half marathon and the full. just in case you were wondering.

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