JACKPOT…

Hi Trippers!

My soon to be casa!

My soon to be casa!

A quick tidbit today as I’ve got some good news.

I WON THE LOTTERY!

Yup, time to quit working forever and buy that tropical island where I can drink massive margaritas, lounge on the beach “au natural” and hunt humans for my general amusement. Woo hoo! Suck it civilization.

Oh, wait a second. I won “a” lottery. Not “the” lottery.

Um, forget what I said about hunting humans.

As it turns out, the lottery I won was for entry into the 2015 Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta on July 4th.

It's officially official.

It’s officially official.

Each year 60,000 people celebrate Independence Day by braving the humidity and running the 10 kilometers from Lenox Square Mall through the suburbs of Atlanta and finishing downtown near Piedmont Park.

Pounding Peachtree pavement.

Pounding Peachtree pavement.

The Peachtree Road Race is the largest 10K in the world and an Atlanta tradition for over 30 years. And so many people want to run the race that a few years ago they instituted a lottery system in order to minimize the mayhem for registration.

Happily, I was one of the lucky few who was selected this year.

Okay, 59,999 other people were just as lucky as I, but cut me some slack… I just found out that my dreams for a personal tropical paradise where I can stalk “the most dangerous game” have to once again be put on hold.

Anyway, I am looking forward to visiting my family (with Lindy) in Atlanta this summer and lacing up my shoes to participate (for the 11th time) in this really fun event.

Happy hunting… and Run on!

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Posted on March 25, 2015, in General and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. That’s great! Hopefully I will be as lucky when they draw names for Chicago.

    • Hope you get it… Chicago is a great race. I’d be curious to know how many people applied for Peachtree and also for Chicago. I’ve tried the NY Marathon lottery twice and been shot down (I know those odds are much less in your favor).

  2. This is among a “bucket list” of must-do races that are less than marathon distance, which I have wanted to run but never managed to (start) or complete. The others would include Lilac Bloomsday 12K in Spokane WA (garners over 50K in finishers), Boulder-Bolder 10K in (Colorado) (over 30K in finishers), Boiler Maker 15K in Utica, NY, and the likely defunct Cascade Runoff 15K in my boyhood home state at Portland Oregon. One well known race I did have the opportunity to run was the Bay to Breakers 12 KM in San Francisco. I was joined my several “Marathon Maniac” friends for the auspicious 100th anniversary event in the only year I ran, a joyous time had in the back corral avoiding slipping on the tossed “tortillas” as I crept beyond the start, sometime after the leading males had won the race drown in a sea of 100,000 bodies. I also ran my “mother” race, the Army 10 Miler in Washington DC twice (1994 and 1997). Some of my marathoning buddies would be surprised to learn I keep a copy of “National Road Race” encyclopedia on my shelf, which lists only the biggest marathons, but predominantly what were considered in the later 1990s to be the top 100 road races in North America (of all distances.) As to the Peachtree 10K, it has remained elusive, (though I do have a copy of a hard cover book “25 years of the Peach Tree Road Race, but I digress…). In 1986 I was assigned to Fort Stewart Georgia in the US Army and registered to run. (Yes, back in the era of hard copy registration and before as far as I know, a cap was instituted.) Seems I had my first major traffic accident the day before when heading to the local store as a car failed to stop in the rain and t-boned me pushing me into my neighbor preacher’s lawn, and my dreams of running Peachtree out my broken window…Best of luck, Scott!

    • Thanks Eddie… Peachtree is a lot of fun (and a huge deal down there). If you get the chance you have to do it. And I really want to do Bay To Breakers (probably have to wait until 2016 to do it).

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