Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Publix Georgia Marathon - 2 Free Race Entries to Give Away!

It's been three days since I finished my first marathon. Am I in pain still? Yep. But am I ready to start planning the next one?

You bet. 

I was considering signing up for a race further from home this time, but there happens to be a pretty great race nearly on my doorstep, and one that I've heard some great stories about. Any guesses yet? It's in Atlanta...this spring....The Publix Georgia Marathon!



The Georgia Marathon is on March 18th, which gives me just over 4 months to prepare. Sounds perfect to me! The field is made up over over 10,000 runners, which I'm really looking forward to. Small races are wonderful, but this is going to be my first city race. It starts and ends in Centennial Olympic Park, and runs through some of the best areas in Atlanta.



The Publix Georgia Marathon was also just awarded the 2012 Southern Region Marathon Championship by the Road Runners Club of America. If it's good enough for them, it's good enough for me.

Anyway, it's pretty obvious the race is a great one, in an awesome city (nope, not biased at all). But let's be honest here - I want YOU to run it with me! Thanks to US Road Sports, I am able to give away two race entries for those who are interested in the race.

Yes, that's right. Two marathon race fees (which is currently $95, if you want to register HERE) are waived so that I get to hang out with two of you. Alright, fine...if you don't want to hang out or run with me that's fine. But I will make you take a photo with me. That's in the fine print somewhere.

Don't think you can run a marathon? You're wrong. Maybe you have just finished a half and you're ready for the next step, or maybe you are ready for your next marathon of many. Either way, 4 months is plenty of time to get you up and running!

Here's how to win a free race for the Publix Georgia Marathon:
(none are mandatory, but the more you do the better your odds. Leave a comment for each entry!)

+1 Follow Gourmet Runner
+1 Leave a comment telling me why you want to run the Georgia Marathon
+1: Like Gourmet Runner on Facebook
+1: Like the Publix Georgia Marathon on Facebook
+1: Visit the Marathon's Website and tell me something you learned about them
+1: Spread the word! Talk about this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, or anywhere else.

That's a lot of ways to win! I'll draw two winners on the 30th of November, 2011.

I also want to organize a blogger meet up for that weekend in Atlanta, so even if you are NOT interested in the race, leave a comment to let me know if you would be interested in meeting up with a group!

167 comments:

  1. Ummm I want to run this because I'm in a marathon frenzy and it seems like a really smart idea. Duh. And to meet you so we can hang out while I force you to run with me. And to see Georgia cause I've never been.

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  2. I'd run anything if it was free.

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  3. I'm already signed up, but I want to force Hubby to run Also

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  4. I like Publix GA Marathon on FB...

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  5. I was injured during training for the ATL marathon and didn't run it...I talked myself down off the marathon ledge, but gosh darn it I want to run another one! Or at least half of it. :)

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  6. I blogged about it (crap, I might actually have to run another marathon!).

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  7. Follower!! And u better believe I'm going to complete all the entry options! :)

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  8. OH snap that is the weekend of the shamrock or I would be all over it

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  9. I want to run this race because I love atlanta and have never get to race in the city! Plus hanging out with u would pretty sweeeet! :)

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  10. Love the Georgia marathon! It was my first half marathon ever and have run it a few times now. Last year I went for the full and loved it (although it does get a little lonely when the halfers split off). :) Can't wait to run it again... Would love a free entry!

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  11. Liked the GA marathon FB page :)

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  12. I would LOVE to run the Georgia Marathon, I ran the half in 2010 with one of my best friends and she is already signed up to run it in 2012, so I want to run it with her!

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  13. I liked Publix Georgia Marathon on facebook!

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  14. I learned that their website has totally changed, especially since when I last ran the race it was run by ING instead of Publix (although Publix was there and gave us lots of coupons!).

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  15. And... I would love to run the Georgia marathon because I am searching for a spring marathon, and if my race fee was covered I could afford to travel to GA!

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  16. I learned theatre course is one huge freaking loop around Atlanta and I LOVE that :)

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  17. someone caught the marathon bug!!! I'm not ready for a full mary yet, just wanted to say congrats on wanting to do another one so soon :)

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  18. Wow! What a great giveaway.

    runningtobeskinny.com

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  19. I want to run the GA marathon because I'm dying to do my first destination marathon, and it would be doubly meaningful running it with someone as inspiring and fun as you!

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  20. I want to run it because I DNF'd a race this past weekend due to an injury.I need redemption

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  21. Nice articles. I'm just blogwalking and very happy to stop here. And also give you some comment here.

    Dont forget to give us some your comment into my blog too.

    Thanks for share,
    * Rio Prasetyo *

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  22. I ran that one last year (the half) and I really enjoyed it! The medal is great. The course is lots and lots of rolling hills. yay!! I know you'll enjoy it.

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  23. i am a follower of your amazing blog!

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  24. so this giveaway is a little too perfect. i have family in the ATL area and saw this marathon...i considered just impulsively signing up and then realized that was not a very good reason. i am pretty sure if i could win this...it would just be meant to be...right!?! plus to hang out with you...priceless!

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  25. liked the marathon page on FB!

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  26. i learned that the race is a city tour on foot...ahhhh. i am obsessed with the ATL and would LOVE LOVE LOVE to explore it all on foot. sounds so fun!

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  27. linked the giveaway to my blog!

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  28. Why am I being crazy and entering this giveaway so many times? LOL I like you on FB

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  29. I want to run this marathon because I've never run one before and I was literally just searching around for what marathon I wanted to tackle as my first!

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  30. i liked the Publix Georgia marathon!

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  31. I have lots of running friends in Atlanta and it's a great time of year to run my very first marathon!!

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  32. I learned that runners who have run in every Georgia Marathon are called streakers and get special benefits!

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  33. I shared the giveaway on facebook!

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  34. AGH man now I have to flounce and sulk like a spoilt child ... unless of course you throw in airfares, NO! ok ........

    *FLOUNCE*

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  35. Great giveaway! I want to win so I can run another race, see more of Atlanta, meet you (!), and meet other bloggers!

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  36. And I learned that the course is a little hilly (grrr), but I'm specifically excited about miles 11 - 16 that are downhill :)

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  37. i learned that there's a streakers program....can I run with someone in that club ;)

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  38. I'm a follower - but does that mean Colin, Logan and I get to stay at your place?? :D

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  39. Great giveaway too bad I don't live anywhere near Georgia(((

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  40. One of my goals is to vist and run a race (does not have to be a marathon) in every state. My sister used to live in Georgia but moved to Colorado before I could take advantage of her hospitality. I'd love to win and run the Georgia Marathon :)

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  41. I checked out the website and learned that the start/finish is at Centennial Olympic Park - so cool!

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  42. What if I just want to do the half would that be all right? I've looked at this race for years since my sister lives right in PeachTreeCity and I would love to do a race there with my niece and nephew can watch me finish a race. That would be totally awesome!!

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  43. I learned that the marathon this year only had about 3K or so participants and the half had about 10K or so. Interesting I always thought it was bigger but that seems like great race control numbers!

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  44. I want to run this marathon for three reasons. #1- like you, I need a marathon do-over because I learned a lot the first time and will kick way more butt the second time. #2- you're going to be there! Awesomely epic! #3- iowa weather will be terrible, it looks like a great race and id love to have an early spring marathon to focus my winter training.

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  45. On their website I learned that the course is actually through downtown hotlanta and its neighborhoods to decatur. I also learned that their race gear is cute. I love green.

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  46. I am a fan of yours on facebook!

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  47. I would love to do the Georgia marathon because it is not a bad drive from where I live and I have never done this race before!

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  48. I want to run this SO bad. I was in the opening and closing of the Olympic Ceremonies in 1996. I preformed at the opening of the Olympic Park. I love Atlanta.I want to Run it!!

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  49. i would like to run the georgia marathon because...well i'm a runner...and i'm hooked on racing...let's face it, i can't get enough!

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  50. ps. this is not an entry - just a normal comment - i just noticed the part about a blogger meetup. UM yes? pretty sure that means i'll end up convincing the husband that i should run this race even if i don't win hahaa

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  51. I went to the website and learned that the elevation profile isn't too terrible!

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  52. I want to run the marathon because I want to do a marathon in Georgia

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  53. And I tweeted about it with my new twitter account :)

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  54. Just found and will follow your bloggie!

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  55. free is AWESOME :)

    I am a follower!!!

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  56. I'd love to run the Publix GA Marathon because I have several friends in the ATL area and I'd love to do a blogger meet up!

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  57. Like the Publix GA Marathon fb page!

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  58. I didn't know there was a wheelchair marathon in conjunction with the full and half marathon!

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  59. Yay! your already preparing for your next marathon! I'm already signed up and training for Publix Half. And I'm totally interested in a blogger meetup. Can't wait until March 18th!

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  60. I want to run the Georgia Marathon because the last marathon I ran, I DNF'ed because a terrible-no-good-rotten-knee-injury. I am currently in PT and healing and it would GREAT timing to my marathon back at it!

    Plus my best friend in the whole wide world, my sister, just moved down there and I never get to see her...so TWOFER!

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  61. ummm, u were my first blog follower and u can BET i already follow you! :)

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  62. i want to run the marathon just for the chance to hang out with u! :)

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  63. AND i already like u on FB...even my 'page' likes u...hehe :)

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  64. I want to run because I am going to try to do 12 Half or Full Marathons in 2012! One each month (or thereabouts!) I may sign up for the half even if I don't win, just so I can come hang out!

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  65. I went to the website and learned that Atlanta is at a higher elevation than I realized.

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  66. Liked Georgia Marathon on Facebook!

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  67. I like the marathon on FB too!

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  68. This would be my first marathon :) That's why I would love to run it!

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  69. I read on their website that you finish in Centennial Olympic Park...so cool! That would be an amazing way to end my first marathon!

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  70. I am a follower! My friend is running Publix as her first half!

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  71. And I want to run this race because it would be a perfect time to visit my friend maybe run with her, not sure - but I'd love to support her for her first long distance race.

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  72. I learned...so funny....this is the "prettiest marathon in the city"...not sure how many marathons are in ATL! lol

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  73. Okay Vanessa - I "liked" the Publix Marathon, but the real reason I want the entry - I just started running 2 years ago and recently completed my FIRST 1/2 marathon - in Savannah! I started running to lose weight (I've lost 100 lbs) and I've kept doing it because I love it. So...I want an entry simply because it's another race I can do :-)

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  74. I should win because
    1. I am addicted to marathons.
    2. I have always wanted to go to Atlanta because of my all time favorite movie, Gone with the Wind.
    3. GREAT BALLS OF FIRE I want to come hang out with you in your awesome house and eat fro you. If you don't get the reference, we'll also be watching Gone with the Wind.

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  75. i want to run it because it would be my first full!

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  76. I want to run this race because my friend is running his first marathon and wants me to run with him. :)

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  77. What I learned is that Atlanta is hillier than I thought. Is hillier even a word? lol

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  78. I want to run this because it is a close drive from Kentucky : )

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  79. I like the marathon on facebook

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  80. I learned that the race will start and finish in Olympic Park and that the race is going to be hilly!

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  81. I would love a blogger meet up! Not sure I Know a lot of people who would be there BUT I love to talk to runners!

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  82. Hope I'm not too late. I've run the half twice, why not the full too? :)

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  83. I live in Peachtree City and would love to run a local race.

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  84. I like Publix Georgia Marathon on FB

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  85. They changed the name of the 5K that weekend and the kids all get a finishers medal if they do the fun run. (I'll have to sign my daughter up)

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  86. I'm facebooking this bad boy right now. Just realized I hadn't when checking for the winners. eee

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  87. I'm planning on running this as my first marathon- pick me, i need this so badly!!

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