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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.

are you runnING?

i have been training for months. i have raised $1800 for for leukemia research and on sunday morning i will lace up my shoes and head to centennial olympic park to run my fourth marathon, the 2009 ing georgia marathon.

i love this race. i ran it it’s inaugural year in 2007 and i couldn’t last year because of an injury but am so excited to be running it again. the course, which you can see herewinds through some of atlanta’s best neighborhoods (noticeably absent unfortunately are grant park and east atlanta) and is gathering a reputation as one of the toughest and most scenic big city marathons in the country.

if you are running it kudos to you, i’ll see you out there. if not, i have one request – pick a spot, come out on the course and cheer. tons of people will be coming from out of town to run this race and nothing says big city marathon like crowds of people on the course. pull up a chair, crack a beer and yell for us.

and if you see me give me a high five. i’ll be in a purple shirt with my twitter handle, @jeherv painted on it.

happy running.

(full race report to follow sometime next week)

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