The Doug Kessler Sandy Springs Lightning is in its 27th year and is one of the fastest 5K &10K races in the state of Georgia. Designed for runners who enjoy a flat course through the lovely Sandy Springs community and neighborhoods, this is one of the most popular Peachtree Road Race Qualifiers. Held on Saturday morning just before the start of the annual Sandy Springs Festival, the race incorporates chip timing for instant results.
Doug Kessler, who passed away in February 2005, was always looking for ways to make “his” race the best around. It started out as “the Fun Run,” and ultimately became the Lightning 10K because Kessler wanted runners and walkers to think of the phrase “run like lightning” while they were racing. To this day, it is still recognized as one of the fastest around! Kessler’s wife, Margie, has played an instrumental role in continuing to help grow the event that Doug held so close to his heart.