There’s not much more that’s all-American than exercising your freedom to run down the center of Peachtree Street at the world’s largest 10-kilometer race on Independence Day! Held in Atlanta, Georgia, the AJC Peachtree Road Race is a premier Fourth of July tradition for many in the United States (especially those in the Southeast). In it’s 47th year, the Peachtree Road Race offers runners and spectators a festive atmosphere, scenic city course and coveted finisher’s t-shirt. Organized by the Atlanta Track Club, this annual race event attracts 60,000+ runners and walkers of all ages and abilities each year. With that many runners we were sure that several of the participants had be event professionals…we just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to acknowledge them!
Before giving due respect to the industry individuals that ran in Atlanta’s 80º–90º heat that day we should acknowledge the elite runners that were this year’s overall race winners. Taking first-place for male runners was Gabriel Geay. Gabriel finished the race in 00:28:49 (yes, that’s correct…6.2 miles in just 28 minutes and 49 seconds)! This 19-year-old newcomer from Tampa, Florida smoked every other male in the race and took home top honors. This year’s first-place female runner was Edna Kiplagat who crossed the finish line at 00:32:24. Just one week after setting a personal record in another road race, this 36-year-old mother of five from Kenya beat out all other female competitors to finish the race with an outstanding time. It should be noted that Edna has also won races in L.A., London, and NYC marathons!
For runners that don’t fall into the ‘elite’ race wave, securing a number to participate in the Peachtree Road Race can be tough. Roughly 70,000+ people apply every year for 60,000 numbers distributed by the race committee. Of those starting and finishing strong this Fourth of July we found that there were many of Atlanta’s top event professionals participating. The following list proudly acknowledges those outstanding individuals who dedicated time to train, run or walk the race, or participate in some way along the race route:
RUNNERS / WALKERS
Angel Williams, PWP Studio
Anne Cohen, ScoutMob
Barney Jackson, Vision Essentials
Bryon Brown, PPi
Heather Higdon, Corporate Events Unlimited
Helen Taffet, Sensational Baskets
Kelly Treadway, EventCurious
Norm Taffet,Sensational Baskets
Qualena Odom-Royes, EventEssentials (first time PTRR runner!)
Suzette Hart, iHart Creative
Yona Benstock Friedman, Flowers By Yona
PROVIDED RACE DAY SERVICES
We want to give a special shout out to the event professionals and their companies that lent time, talent and services to support the 2016 race:
Absolute Entertainment, Jeff Burnisky and team – Music is a major motivator, especially when running 6.2 miles. A big ‘thank you’ to Jeff Burnisky for DJing the PTRR main stage and for his team DJing at the finishing line. Getting started and then pushing through to the finish line can sometimes be ALL about the beats – professional DJ entertainment made this year’s race fun and inspiring for many!
Destination South Meetings + Events, Cynthia Alford, clients and friends – With their office at 10th Street and Juniper Street, and double balconies overlooking runners as they made their way to the finish line, Destination South has the best seats in the house for hosting their annual ‘PTRR cheering party!’ As runners rounded the corner at 10th Street to push onwards for the last quarter of a mile into Piedmont Park they were met with Destination South cheerleaders, energizing music and amplified encouragement by the party’s MC. We give Destination South a ‘high five’ for really making a difference by inspiring runners and walkers to pick up their pace and push to the finish line!
Reece Tents, Christopher Reece and team – Tents are imperative for race days, especially those held in the Summer heat. ‘Great job’ to Reece Tents and their experienced team of installers that managed many of the tents placed throughout the race’s beginning and ending areas.
ABOUT THE ATLANTA TRACK CLUB
Atlanta Track Club is a nonprofit committed to creating an active and healthy Atlanta. Through running and walking, Atlanta Track Club motivates, inspires and engages the community to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. With more than 24,000 members, Atlanta Track Club is the second largest running organization in the United States. In addition to the AJC Peachtree Road Race – the largest 10K running event in the world, the Publix Georgia Marathon, Atlanta 10 Miler and Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon, Atlanta Track Club directs more than 30 events per year. Through the support of its members and volunteers, Atlanta Track Club also maintains a number of community initiatives including organizing and promoting the Kilometer Kids youth running program to metro Atlanta youth, honoring high school cross country and track and field athletes through Atlanta Track Club’s All-Metro Banquets and supporting the Grady Bicycle EMT program. For more information on Atlanta Track Club, visit atlantatrackclub.org.
ABOUT THE AJC PEACHTREE ROAD RACE
The AJC Peachtree Road Race is a 10K event that takes place every Fourth of July in Atlanta, Georgia. The first Peachtree was held in 1970 and featured 110 finishers. The AJC Peachtree Road Race is now the largest 10K running event in the world with 60,000 participants. The AJC Peachtree Road Race is perhaps most famous for the coveted AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt, which is handed out to all the event finishers. For more information on the AJC Peachtree Road Race visit www.peachtreeroadrace.org.
ABOUT THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is the leading source – both in print and online – of news, information and advertising for metropolitan Atlanta, reaching a total print and online audience of 1.7 million people each week. Every month, nearly 6.4 million unique visitors access the newspaper’s websites, including AJC.com, myAJC.com and accessAtlanta.com. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is part of Cox Media Group, a publishing, digital media and broadcasting subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises. For more information or to subscribe to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution visit www.ajc.com.