Mapping the Peachtree Road Race in Google Earth

In just a few minutes, my wife and I will be heading to downtown Atlanta to run in the 42nd annual Peachtree Road Race, one of the largest 10K races in the world. There are expected to be 60,000 running the race this year, so it should be quite an event.

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There are a variety of sites that have interactive maps of the course, and I’ve found MapMyRun.com is one of the best. Along with standard maps of the course, they also provide an elevation profile, which explains why many people run too fast during the first half of the race and burn out before the finish:
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Of course, my favorite feature is simply being able to download the KML file and explore the course for myself. Atlanta has solid 3D building coverage, especially toward the end of the course:
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The race is held every year on July 4th, which is Independence Day in the United States. If you’ll be celebrating the holiday today, I hope you have a great time and stay safe!
Will any of you be running the race today as well?

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.



Comments

  1. Enjoy the run, and good to be able to see the course in GE.
    A disappointment this year is that an equivalent of the excellent KML of a ‘3D flight’ along the whole of the route of the 2010 Tour de France has not emerged so far. Has any GEB reader found one?

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