Recently I was approached by the marketing manager for the Allstate Life Insurance Atlanta 13.1 Marathon. In exchange for my blogging about the race, I was offered a comped entry and a few to give away to the readers. A sucker for free stuff, I was immediately interested. I'll be completely honest, this race is one month before Pinhoti 100 and I'm not sure I can give it the attention it deserves. I did email the marketing guy back and told him my situation and he seemed okay with it. So, I think I will take him up on the offer. If nothing else, it'll give me the opportunity to give away a few entries and perhaps develop a relationship with the compnay that will create opportunities down the road.
Here's the details....
Okay, so those aren't really the details, so much as just the elevation profile. I'm a stats geek, I make a living as an analyst, so this type of information is very interesting to me. I like to scout out the course ahead of time to see what I'm in for on race day. This race is held in the Brookhaven area, as the profile shows it's an "honest" course. I'm not saying it's death by hills, but I don't predict a lot of half mary PR's to be set. That's cool, I like challenging courses.
The shared section of the course(miles 6-7 & 11-12) could be awesome or it could be a potential hotspot depending on course flow management. I am sure people far smarter than me have already thought about these logistics. One of my most favorite aspects of trail running is the out and back section where you see other runners coming and going and you get to cheer them on. Hopefully, this will be the case here.
October is a great time of year for running in Atlanta, we have finally closed the book on the heat of the Summer and the running temps are great, I'm thinking in the low 60's. From checking out the website, this race series has events all across the country, from all outward appearances, they have their act together! The half mary is a great distance, long enough to really stretch your legs out, still short enough to not wreck you for a week afterwards. If you are looking to make the jump to longer distances, give this race a try. Who knows, it could be the building block to something bigger.
Keep checking back for updates, as the partnership is finalized, there will be comped entries and discounts available!