Did you know that more races are run on the Fourth of July than on any other day of the year? Well, you have one more week to train for one!
Here is a link where you can enter your zip code to find the Fourth of July race nearest you (Just go to the far right column and look for the search box at the bottom). Atlanta’s Peachtree Road Race is the largest of the Independence Day races with over 50,000 runners.
In a letter to his wife Abigail concerning the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by Congress, John Adams wrote that “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival . . . It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
In all likelihood, one of those “sports” Adams was considering was a good old-fashioned footrace. What better way to celebrate our independence than by entering a race on our nation’s birthday?
And if you ever want to feel the freedom to race wearing nothing at all, you can learn more about the Bare to Breakers tradition here.