The Peachtree registration is always the third Sunday in March. In previous years, you had to buy the newspaper that day and fill out a registration form that was inside. Last year, they started doing online registration. It opened at 7 am and was a pain in the ass. I kept getting a lot of “active.com has timed out” or something. I ended up just going back to sleep for two hours, waking up and trying again and I was in. Think of registering for the Peachtree as trying to get very popular concert tickets; it sells out fast.
This year they’re rumored to have fixed a lot of the problems that they had with the online registration. All but one, apparently. The registration is on the same day as the ING Georgia full and half marathon. It doesn’t start until 1pm (I’m assuming because of the race) and since I’m just running the half, that doesn’t pose a problem for me, but what about the people running the full marathon? I know that if I were running the full, chances are that I would not be home by 1pm. I’m sure the Atlanta Track Club realizes there is a conflict, but I just wonder why they didn’t make Peachtree registration later in the afternoon – like at 5.
I don’t know why this bothers me but it does. I would just be a very unhappy camper if I didn’t get into the Peachtree because I was busy running a marathon!