Back in November, I was honored to be asked to serve as one of the inaugural ambassadors for the Atlanta Track Club in 2014. To kick things off, I thought I’d share a quick post about a couple of upcoming ATC events that you may or may not be interested in!
Grand Prix Race Series Town Hall
When: January 6th, 6:00pm
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta – Buckhead, 3342 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
Back in late October or early November, the ATC quietly announced that they would be dropping their Grand Prix race series in 2014 in favor of a modified series geared more towards the top performing athletes. This announcement, coupled with some pretty large changes in the ATC race calendar for the year, was not particularly well-received by those of us who look forward to the challenge of completing the Grand Prix series each year. While the Grand Prix wasn’t the most well-known or well-attended ATC event, it was a great motivator for those of us non-elites looking to track our progress over time and to challenge ourselves with new, longer distances. Personally, I was pretty disappointed by the proposed changes.
To their credit, the ATC, which prides itself on being a members’ organization, listened to their members and realized that while the old format of the Grand Prix needed upgrading and tweaking, the proposed replacement wasn’t going to satisfy their members’ needs either. For 2014, they have decided to forgo holding a race series at all while they work with their members, volunteers, board members, and other community members to redesign the Grand Prix into a series that works for the maximum number of members starting in 2015.
To that end, the ATC will be forming a task force of current members, former Grand Prix participants, staff, and board members that will be responsible for researching and developing the new series. As an important first step, the ATC is holding a town hall to allow members and other interested parties to share their thoughts on both the old series and the new series under development. If you are interested in weighing on the new race series, and especially if you’ve been an active participant in the past, I highly encourage you to come out to this meeting tomorrow night.
Please note that while there is no cost for participating in the town hall, the ATC did request that folks planning to attend let them know by last Friday (January 3rd) via email. However, I just emailed my RSVP in earlier this afternoon and I can’t imagine they will turn folks away at the door. Just to be on the safe side, though, if you are going to attend, please send a short RSVP email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ATC Annual Member’s Social
When: January 9th, 6:30pm
Where: The Foundry at Puritan Mill – 916 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Every January, the ATC holds their annual members’ social, a great place to mix and mingle with your fellow ATC members in non-running clothes! The event also doubles as a fundraiser for the ATC, helping them to fund a number of their events and activities throughout the coming year. We attended last year and had a ton of fun. The event featured great food, an open bar, an interesting speaker, and a silent auction where I was fortunate to win entries into four different ATC races throughout the year, including a complete team entry for the Relay Around the Park. With a new location and Meb Keflezighi as their featured speaker, this year promises to be EVEN better. This event also marks the start of the ATC’s 50th anniversary celebrations!
Tickets for this event are $20 each and can be purchased on the ATC website, here. Tickets are only available through midnight tonight (January 5th) so be sure to click over RIGHT NOW if you want to attend. Also, while the event is called the “members social”, it is open to non-members as well. The event starts at 6:30pm and Meb will be speaking at 7pm.
Women on the Move Training Program
When: Starts January 25th or the Tuesday immediately following
Where: Various locations throughout Atlanta (click here for the list)
Throughout the year, the ATC holds a number of training groups to help people prepare for their goal races. The first of these training groups is the Women on the Move training program, a program I took part in back in 2011 when I was just getting started in running. From the ATC’s website:
The Atlanta Track Club’s Women on the Move Training Program is a women’s-only 5K training program that prepares walkers, run/walkers, and runners for the Atlanta Women’s 5K in March. The goal of the program is to provide a fun, motivating running environment that helps women start their journey towards health and fitness. The series begins in late-January at various locations throughout the metro Atlanta region.
- Guaranteed entry into the Atlanta Women’s 5K on March 29, 2014.
- 9-week training program with weekly group runs
- Long-sleeve training team performance shirt
- Two training seminars following group runs
- Weekly training email updates
I LOVED this training group back when I did it. The coaches and my fellow trainees were all incredibly supportive and welcoming to runners of all levels. The seminars were informative and the atmosphere was laid-back. I loved having a “real” training plan to follow during the week and checking in with my “coaches” during our Saturday morning group runs. Taking part in this group was the first time that I truly felt like a real runner. I highly recommend it to any and all women looking to start (or re-start) a running habit that could last them a lifetime.
When you register for the program, you will select your weekly group meeting date and location. There are four groups that meet on Saturday mornings at various locations around the city, one group that meets on Tuesday mornings and one group that meets on Tuesday evenings. The cost for the training group is $75 which includes the $35 registration fee for the Atlanta Women’s 5k at the end of March. As an added bonus, if you are also an ATC member, you can save 15% off of your registration.
If you are interested in taking part in this training program, you can register on the ATC website, here. While the training group starts on January 25th (or the following Tuesday), you can still register up until February 8th.
I hope that I’ve managed to entice you to take part in at least one of these great upcoming events. I’ve attended the member’s social and taken part in the Women on the Move training group in the past and wouldn’t recommend them to you if I didn’t 100% believe they are worth the time and money. Plus, the Grand Prix series has become my absolute favorite part of my ATC membership and I’m committed to making sure that whatever replaces it is just as good. If you share my enthusiasm, please consider making time for one (or two or all three!) of these great events!