Tale of the Tape

A Pair of Father’s Day–Appropriate Races

None Father’s Day is nearing. And good news, we’ve found the perfect thing for you and Pops to bond over. Heat exhaustion. Sorry, we mean multi-mile races. There are two of them coming up: the Father’s Day 4-Miler and the Firebreather Challenge. Below, a guide to picking the right one to run with Dad. Go ahead, let the old man win.

The Race
4-Miler: The route circles Grant Park. And finishes... in the Braves dugout.
Firebreather: Six and a half miles of rugged mountain trails. Also, multiple river crossings (no, you can’t use an inner tube).
Edge: Father’s Day 4-Miler. Just keep Pop and Fredi González separated.

The Obstacles
4-Miler: You’ll be running almost strictly on city streets. So, you know, potholes.
Firebreather: Twelve-foot walls. Balance beams. And 20-pound sandbags. That you’ll carry.
Edge: Firebreather. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. What doesn’t kill Dad throws his back out.

The Competition
4-Miler: Braves fans. People who take speed-walking really seriously.
Firebreather: World-class athletes. Guys who own lots of tank tops.
Edge: Firebreather. Your father was a world-class athlete once. The year: 1972. The sport: bowling.

The Postrace Festivities
4-Miler: Admission to the Braves game. Nachos. Cold ones.
Firebreather: An after-party with live music... from a band that Dad has almost certainly never heard of.
Edge: Father’s Day 4-Miler. Foul balls make great gifts.


Father’s Day 4-Miler
at Turner Field
755 Hank Aaron Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30315
official website

Firebreather Challenge
at Old Rope Mill Park
Old Rope Mill Rd
Woodstock, GA 30189
official website

Elsewhere on the Daddy

More Leisure in Atlanta