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Craft Classic Atlanta
6 reviews
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Craft Classic Atlanta

Grant Park Pool, 625 Park Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30308, USAView event
6 reviews
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  • Did the event in 2018

    I ran this race in 2016, the first year it was offered in Atlanta. While it was a fun race, it needed some major improvements (you can read about that in my previous review from 2016). I didn't run it last year, but this year I actually live down the block from the start/finish at Grant Park so I couldn't pass up the chance to run a half marathon at my front door. I'm happy to report that much of the issues I experienced in the first year seem vastly improved. Even with major construction at the park there was plenty of parking in and around the park. I didn't have to drive, of course, but many friends who ran reported easy race morning parking and access. The race start was pretty low-key, which makes me wonder if the race is much smaller than it was 2 years ago, but this also meant plenty of port-o-johns for everyone and no long bathroom lines. It was a single wave start, but with the seemingly low numbers this was not a problem and it did not feel too crowded on the park paths for the first mile. The course winds through some nice Atlanta neighborhoods including: Grant Park, Inman Park, Little 5 Points, Virginia Highlands, Old 4th Ward, and several miles on the Eastside Beltline. The course is your typical hilly Atlanta course but still manageable. Water stops are every 2 miles and include water and gatorade, and very nice volunteers. Starting around mile 7 the stops also include some pickles, fruit, gels, etc. At the finish you get your medal (a nice one that also acts as a bottle opener of course!) and can use two tickets on your race bib for beer from Monday Night Brewing. Usually at races, the beer selection is limited but I was really surprised they offered a nice range including some sours (my fave!). For once I was able to drink a post-race beer because they had something I liked! The finish/post-race party area included the beer, a great snack table, some local vendor booths, and a fun photo booth. King of Pops also showed up, which made my freaking morning (although it wasn't free). A nice improvement this year from 2016 was that they now check IDs at packet pickup and give you a wristband ahead of time so you don't need to carry ID on race day. Overall it was a solid, albeit very hot and humid, race experience and I very much recommend if you're looking for a small feel race with some nice race perks.
    Pros:
    - Nice race course
    - Consistent water stops with water, gatorade, and fuel (starting mile 7ish)
    - Pace teams
    - Option for t-shirt of tank top (I've actually been wearing the tank because it's cute - I almost never wear race shirts)
    - Cool medal
    - Lots of pre-race info/emails/communication
    - Easy morning access/parking
    - Good beer selection at finishCons:
    - Packet pickup is still at Road Runner Sports (the sponsor) on Thursday and Friday before the race. Going there during the week is a major traffic nightmare. I really wish they would offer packet pickup at the store the weekend before the race since it would be so much more accessible
  • Did the event in 2017

    In my big goal to run a race in every state, I picked this as my Georgia race. I have a friend who lives in Atlanta, so I had free lodging which is always nice. This race matched up with my training so I decided to give it a go.Bib pick up was easy, it was at the local Road Runner store which was only about 15 minutes from where my friend lives. I was one of the first ones in, so it was super quick and every there was super nice.Race morning, my friend dropped me off, and even though it was dark the start area was easy to find. Baggage check was easy and then I just hung out. Plenty of portopotties, big + . I got lined up and we took off, the race is nice, goes through some cool areas and you get to see some lovely old houses and some cool art. The roads are not totally closed, but there are TONS of cops out to keep you safe and I did my best to thank all of them. Around mile 9 you end up on a bike trail which was super cool though super busy with non race people, so that was a bit of a pain, but the art all along it was nice to look at. The medal was cool and plenty of food and drinks at the end. I didn't stay long at the after race as my friend was waiting and we went out to breakfast. But getting my bag was smooth and easy and plenty of water.I liked this race, could fix some things, like maybe closing off the trail to just us, but other then that, I thought it was well done and would recommend it to others
  • Did the event in 2017

    This was my second year doing this 5K and I find it to be a great bang for your buck. They give you a shirt, medal, glass cup, meal ticket, two beers, and samples at the end. The course has a few big hills but all Atlanta courses do so no surprise. The start line is a bit tricky to find since it is not marked very well and since the ending is in a different spot I was all turned around trying to figure out where I had parked when leaving. I was disappointed in the lack of a good photographer although at least they did do photos at the end of the race but from a bad angle. The course has a few scenic areas but it is mostly through neighborhoods around Grant Park. Overall I enjoy the course and the post race area is pretty big so you can find a spot to plop yourself while you eat and drink without feeling crowded.For a more detailed review check my blog muddyrunningshoe.com
Craft Classic Atlanta
NOV3
Alpharetta Women’s Half Marathon & 5K
Alpharetta, GA, United States
1 reviews
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Alpharetta Women’s Half Marathon & 5K

Alpharetta, GA, USAView event
1 review
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  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    I really enjoyed this inaugural race. Was so glad to be a part of it after learning about it a few days before the event. It sold out. The course is really nice, even with the "rolling" hills. I love the stretch on the Big Creek Greenway; no traffic is always a bonus! There was some confusion at the beginning; we were directed to park in one area in the emailed instructions, but were directed to another location on the morning of the race. Due to this, the race started 20 minutes later than planned. It was still a great experience on a beautiful day, with a lot of strong women as well as a few good men. :) This is a beautiful area; the only difficulty is driving through the city of Atlanta to get here. Several hotel options; I opted not to stay at the host hotel in Avalon, which was where the race started and everyone also parked there. I've already registered for the 2019 event.
Alpharetta Women’s Half Marathon & 5K

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At 13.1 miles, a half marathon is long enough to test even the strongest runners, but short enough for almost anyone determined to conquer their next challenge. We have a jam-packed calendar of half marathons taking place up and down the country — from big ballot events to local community races and spectacular trail runs. Get involved and conquer your next challenge.

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A half marathon is a fantastic event for those new to running to really push themselves, or as a great warm up event for those ready to tackle a full marathon or even an ultramarathon

What is the distance covered in half marathon?
The half marathon is one of running`s most popular distance - a half marathon is 13.1 miles (or 21.1km).
What is an average time for a half marathon?
Breaking 2:00 (9:09 per mile pace) is a common goal, and that time is considered a respectable half marathon time among runners. The average times for half marathons in the U.S. in 2015 were 2:04:00 for males and 2:22:21 for females.
What is the half marathon world record?
The world record for men is 58:23 for men and 1:04:52 for women.
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If you are working with a training plan you can achieve a half marathon in 8 weeks.
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