Well, I signed up, folks.
After I read all the details, it turns out that they have changed the requirements slightly since I ran it last (July 4, 1996) and now in order to be in a decent starting wave, you have to submit VERIFIABLE 10K race results from an approved course run sometime over the last two years.
Since I haven't run any races in the past 2 years, I will automatically be placed in one of the last waves to go out (I was in a middle-of-the-pack slot last time as your 10K time submitted for seeding was on the 'honor system' back then and I signed up for about a 9 min mile pace for 10K). Therefore, no matter what, I'll run a crappy time. I mean, the last waves don't even start until the first wave runners (mainly Olympic/near Olympic-level athletes) are about done with the race!
There are 55,000 contestants in this race, It is HUGE.
But now that I know there is no chance to run even a mediocre time, the pressure is off and it's all about simply finishing.
And that much, I know that I can do. Even if I have to walk some of it.
The heat is usually a killer, even though the race starts fairly early in the morning. But if I walk part of the way, that won't be a problem.
Maybe if I'm lucky, it will rain. I don't usually like to run in the rain, but in July in Atlanta? It would be a blessing.
So anyway, I have 3 months to drop some more weight and get into better shape. And I REALLY need to start doing some of my running outside. I don't really like that idea as I am still so chubby and much prefer jogging in the privacy of my own basement where no one can see me. But I will definitely have to suck it up and take this training out in public pretty soon if I expect to run from Lenox Mall to Piedmont Park in the middle of summer!