• Samantha Andrews

Medal Monday: Big Peach Sizzler 2022

Today's Medal Monday is dedicated to last week's Big Peach Sizzler 10k. The race benefits cystic fibrosis research and is held on Labor Day yearly. This race used to a Labor Day tradition for my running group, but the pandemic disrupted it. It was definitely great to be back.


After a 2 year break, I put on my Team Beef jersey and ran the 10k journey from Chamblee to Buckhead. My plan was to run faster than my Peachtree Road Race time and just enjoy the run. The Peachtree Road Race was hot and humid so my time was slower than I would have liked. The weather on the Big Peach race day was cool with a hint of showers. Before I reminisce about the race, let's start at the beginning.


Packet Pick Up

Packet pick up was held at the Big Peach Brookhaven store. I was out of town right before the race, so I picked up my packet on Sunday, Sept 4. Parking was plentiful and I was in and out of the store quickly. Our swag bag included the bib and tee-shirt.


In my normal race tradition, I set up my flat lay to prep for the race later that night. It felt great to experience the pre-race excitement. I represented Team Beef for the race.




Race Day

Race day was feeling a bit iffy due to the threat of rain. Thankfully the rain from the previous night cleared up and the forecast predicted rain after the race. The race started near the Chamblee MARTA station. Parking was free at the train station.


The race allowed the runners to self-seed and I joined the 11 min/mile pace. I used my Garmin half marathon training easy run to stay on pace. The run started at the Chamblee MARTA station and ended at the Piedmont Road Plaza via Peachtree Street. It started sprinkling along the way, but the water felt nice.


I finished in 1:11:13, which was 7 minutes faster than my Peachtree Road Race time. Goal Accomplished! I also caught up with many friends I haven't seen in a while and had the delicious Flying Biscuit grits. At registration, I paid a $5 fee for the shuttle back to my car.



The race also provided free race photos (always a favorite).



I am celebrating Medal Monday today and can't wait to run this race next year!



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