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Charity Entries Now Available for the 2017 AJC Peachtree Road Race

Friday, March 24th, 2017

ATLANTA – March 24, 2017 – Atlanta Track Club, organizer of the AJC Peachtree Road Race, has made a limited number of charity entries available for purchase. The special entries benefit Kilometer Kids, Atlanta Track Club’s youth running program.

The announcement comes as registrants of the AJC Peachtree Road Race lottery learn their status for the 2017 event. Registrants will be notified by Saturday, March 25 via email whether or not they were selected as one of this year’s 60,000 participants. Searchable results of registration status will also be posted on peachtreeroadrace.org and AJC.com/peachtree. Those who were not selected for the 2017 event or who did not enter the lottery can purchase a charity number.

“Atlanta Track Club wants to make running and walking available to as many people as possible,” said Rich Kenah, Atlanta Track Club’s executive director. “Each Kilometer Kids charity entry gives someone a chance to run the world’s largest 10K while providing a year’s worth of Kilometer Kids programming to a child in the metro area.”

The charity entries are $150 each, $115 of which is tax deductible and will go directly to the Kilometer Kids program. These entries are only available to those not already registered for the 2017 event. Those who purchase the charity numbers will receive perks such as a Mizuno performance T-shirt, MARTA Breeze card, automatic placement in start wave E or higher and access to a separate VIP post-race appreciation area at Park Tavern.

Atlanta Track Club’s Kilometer Kids is a free, incentive-based running program designed to promote a healthy and active lifestyle to area youth ages 7 to 14. Launched in 2007, Kilometer Kids now impacts more than 8,000 children each year in metro Atlanta and beyond. The program is funded by Atlanta Track Club, private donations and partners.

The 48th running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race will take place on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. The 2017 AJC Peachtree Road Race is capped at 60,000 entrants and is the world’s largest 10K.

To register for a Kilometer Kids charity number or to learn more about the 2017 AJC Peachtree Road Race, visit peachtreeroadrace.org.

About 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 27,000 members, Atlanta Track Club is the second largest running organization in the United States. In addition to the AJC Peachtree Road Race (peachtreeroadrace.org) – the largest 10K running event in the world, the Publix Georgia Marathon, PNC 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 peachtreeroadrace.org or AJC.com/peachtree.

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 1.6 million people each week. Every month, nearly 6.9 million unique visitors access the newspaper’s websites, including AJC.com, myAJC.com and accessAtlanta.com. Our newsroom is the largest in Georgia with more than 150 journalists. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is part of Cox Media

Nearly 9,000 Conquer Cool, Breezy Conditions at 2017 Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

ATLANTA – March 19, 2017 – Approximately 9,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2017 Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon this morning at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. The 11th annual event drew crowds of spectators despite cool and breezy conditions.

Bryan Morseman won the marathon with a time of 2:28:31, crossing the line more than 10 minutes ahead of second place finisher Daniel Moss (2:39:22). Morseman, 31, of Bath, New York, returned to Atlanta in hopes of redemption.

“I came here last year wanting to win. I ended up getting second, so I felt like I had to come back this year and prove myself,” said Morseman.

Breaking the tape for the women in the marathon was Lacey Krout, who runs for Atlanta Track Club Elite. The 27-year-old also had a commanding win, finishing in 2:53:19 with Kaye Starosciak in second (3:08:39).

“It was literally the race of my life,” said Krout. “Those hills were tough, but the downhills were nice.”

In the half marathon, Sergey Zyrianov of Gainesville, Florida, placed first in 1:08:58. He said the cool temperatures aided his race.

“The hills were hard, very hard. I was struggling,” admitted Zyrianov. “I was running for the win, so I am happy.”

The female half marathon winner was Lauren Philbrook of Auburn, Alabama. She broke the tape in 1:19:44.

“It was fun! Good course, lots of people out cheering and everything. It was a great way to see parts of the city I hadn’t seen before,” said Philbrook.

New this year, the Publix Georgia Marathon celebrated the culmination of the inaugural Ultimate Peach Challenge. The marathon is the final stop of the challenge, which requires participants to complete the entire 26.2-mile course after also finishing the 2016 AJC Peachtree Road Race, PNC Atlanta 10 Miler and Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon. More than 200 runners were eligible to be honored in a special celebration of this 55.5-mile journey. They were treated to an engraved watch, sparkling grape juice, breakfast, a massage and a goody bag.

In an effort to introduce children to the excitement of completing a major event, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle’s Be Healthy Georgia Festival was held in conjunction with the Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon. Hundreds of young runners participated in a one-mile fun run (ages 7-14) and 50m dash (ages 6 & under) organized by Atlanta Track Club. One-mile participants crossed the same finish line as the marathoners and half marathoners.

Complete unofficial results for the 2017 Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon can be found at atlantatrackclub.org. Official results will be available two weeks after the event.

About 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 27,000 members, Atlanta Track Club is the second largest running organization in the United States. In addition to the AJC Peachtree Road Race (peachtreeroadrace.org) – the largest 10K running event in the world, the Publix Georgia Marathon, PNC 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.

Volunteer Registration Now Open for 2017 AJC Peachtree Road Race

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

ATLANTA – March 16, 2017 – Volunteer registration is now open for the 2017 AJC Peachtree Road Race. Atlanta Track Club is looking for more than 3,500 volunteers to work alongside the staff leading up to and on the day of the event to support participants.

Available positions include setting up the finish area at Piedmont Park, helping out with water stations along the course and handing out food, fluids and T-shirts at the finish line. There are positions available that allow volunteers to also participate in the event.

All volunteers will receive a commemorative AJC Peachtree Road Race volunteer T-shirt. If you are interested in volunteering at the 2017 AJC Peachtree Road Race, click here to register for open positions. Questions may be emailed to [email protected].

Lottery Registration for 2017 AJC Peachtree Road Race Now Open

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

ATLANTA – March 15, 2017 – Registration for the 2017 AJC Peachtree Road Race opens Wednesday, March 15 through an online lottery at AJC.com/peachtree. Those wishing to be one of the 60,000 participants of the 48th running of the world’s largest 10K can register online anytime during the eight-day period beginning March 15 until 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on March 22. All lottery entrants will receive an email by Saturday, March 25 informing them on whether or not they were selected.

Entry into the event remains $38 for the public, plus applicable online processing fees. There is no charge to enter the lottery.

For those who want to skip the lottery, a limited number of 2017 AJC Peachtree Road Race entries are available to benefit Kilometer Kids, Atlanta Track Club’s youth running program. The special charity numbers are $150 each, $115 of which is tax deductible and will go directly to the Kilometer Kids program.

Additional registration information can be found at peachtreeroadrace.org.

About 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 27,000 members, Atlanta Track Club is the second largest running organization in the United States. In addition to the AJC Peachtree Road Race (peachtreeroadrace.org) – the largest 10K running event in the world, the Publix Georgia Marathon, PNC 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 peachtreeroadrace.org or AJC.com/peachtree.   

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 1.6 million people each week. Every month, nearly 6.9 million unique visitors access the newspaper’s websites, including AJC.com, myAJC.com and accessAtlanta.com. Our newsroom is the largest in Georgia with more than 150 journalists. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is part of Cox Media Group, a publishing, digital media and broadcasting subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises.

 

Hundreds to Take on Publix Georgia Marathon as Part of Special Team

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

ATLANTA – February 23, 2017 – Hours after completing the Publix Georgia Half Marathon in 2016, Heather King posted on Facebook about running the marathon in 2017. She was just looking for some company as she checked Georgia off her 50 States, 50 Marathons list. “If someone wants to join, we’ll take it down,” she shared. Two hours later, 50 people had committed. Within a day, that number surpassed 100, and Team Take Down Publix was born.

As the group grew, King, who prefers marathons to 5Ks, began investing heavily in her goal of bringing as many African Americans as possible to Atlanta’s only marathon. Recruitment and organization of the group became her second full-time job. She rallied African American running groups in Atlanta. She hosted a coffee and conversation series for new runners. She traveled across the country, recruiting members of the black running community.

Through her dedication, word of mouth and a “fear of missing out,” Team Take Down Publix is bringing 415 participants to this year’s Publix Georgia Marathon. Runners and walkers hail from 16 states and two countries. Participants even include two-time Guinness World Record holder, Tuendon Morgan, the first Nigerian to run a marathon on the North Pole.

Months before race day, the camaraderie around Team Take Down Publix is profound. Every Saturday, more than 50 runners of all ages and paces meet at Phidippides for a long run. Wednesdays are for shorter, neighborhood meetups. Out-of-state runners use the Facebook page to find training partners in their area. Social media holds people accountable, as people share workouts and achievements, and provides encouragement. “No matter your pace,” King says, “we’ve all got respect for the fact that you’re a marathoner or want to be one.”

The movement has expanded beyond the marathon. After finishing, half marathoners are expected to line the final mile. “Nobody gets to leave,” King says. “Your job is to bring everybody in.” Seventy-two others have volunteered to cheer along the back end of the course, encouraging their teammates through those often lonely middle miles.

Team Take Down Publix isn’t all about race day, either. King likens the March 19 weekend to a family reunion. “The funny thing is,” she says, “I don’t know half of them!” Events over the course of the weekend will culminate in a finisher party on Sunday afternoon.

“I didn’t set out for this,” Heather says of the group, “but I have embraced it. The experience has opened our eyes to a larger running community. I don’t know where we’ll go from here, but we’ve had 18 weeks to meet someone new and become a family. It’s an experience that none of us will forget.”

Registration for the Publix Georgia Marathon is sold out, but spots are still available in the Publix Georgia Half Marathon at atlantatrackclub.org.

Atlanta Track Club Reveals Five Finalists in 2017 AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt Design Contest

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

ATLANTA – February 22, 2017 – Atlanta Track Club today revealed the five finalists in the 2017 AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt Design Contest. Finalists include three local professional designers and a graphic design student at Auburn University. Two of the designs chosen were submitted by Kevin Benton, a creative director and graphic designer. Another finalist, Bart Sasso, also made it into the top five of last year’s contest. The finalists were selected by a panel of judges representing Atlanta Track Club, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Mizuno.

Voting is now open to determine the winning design, which will be printed on a cotton-poly blend T-shirt, courtesy of Norcross-based Mizuno Running USA, and distributed to finishers of the 2017 AJC Peachtree Road Race.

“The fun of the AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt Design Contest is that our participants, along with the public, decide what design is showcased on 60,000 finisher’s shirts,” said Rich Kenah, Atlanta Track Club’s executive director. “Dozens of designs are submitted, thousands of votes will be cast, but in the end it comes down to one big surprise on race day.”

The five design finalists are:

1. Kevin Benton, Lawrenceville, GA
Creative Director/Graphic Designer
“Feelin’ Peachy”

2. Kevin Benton, Lawrenceville, GA
Creative Director/Graphic Designer
“American Peach”

3. Stephen Mullinax, Atlanta
Graphic Designer
“The Main Event”

4. Bart Sasso, Atlanta
Creative Director/Graphic Designer
“Farm to Finish Line”

5. Lydia Sweeney, Auburn, AL
Graphic Design Student, Auburn University
“Meet Me at the ‘S’ Balloon”

Voting for the 2017 AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design remains open through Wednesday, March 22 at AJC.com/peachtree. The winning design will be featured on 60,000 AJC Peachtree Road Race finisher’s shirts, and will be unveiled on July 4 at the 48th running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race. The winning artist will receive $1,000, and each of the three runners-up will receive $100 for their efforts.

“The AJC Peachtree Road Race has been my favorite Fourth of July tradition since I started running with my dad when I was young. This will be my 10th race,” said Stephen Mullinax, finalist of the 2017 AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt Design Contest. “I am honored and excited for my design to be considered.”

Atlanta Track Club, organizer of the AJC Peachtree Road Race, has used the T-shirt design contest to determine the design for the Peachtree finisher’s shirt since 1995. The 2016 T-shirt design was created by Cumming, Georgia, resident Shay Harbaugh, who she says was inspired by the themes of pride, heart and soul at the AJC Peachtree Road Race.

About 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 27,000 members, Atlanta Track Club is the second largest running organization in the United States. In addition to the AJC Peachtree Road Race (peachtreeroadrace.org) – the largest 10K running event in the world, the Publix Georgia Marathon, PNC 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 peachtreeroadrace.org or AJC.com/peachtree.

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 1.6 million people each week. Every month, nearly 6.9 million unique visitors access the newspaper’s websites, including AJC.com, myAJC.com and accessAtlanta.com. Our newsroom is the largest in Georgia with more than 150 journalists. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is part of Cox Media Group, a publishing, digital media and broadcasting subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises.

Atlanta Track Club Wins 16 Medals, Sets Two U.S. Records at USATF Masters Indoor Championships

Monday, February 20th, 2017

ATLANTA — February 20, 2017 — If someone were searching for a member of Atlanta Track Club at the Albuquerque Convention Center this weekend, their best bet would have been to head for the podium. The Club’s Elite Masters team racked up nine gold medals, four silver medals and three bronze medals at the USATF Masters Indoor Championships.

Sonja Friend-Uhl and Jeanne Daprano accounted for four of the nine gold medals. With Daprano’s gold came two new age group records for the W80-84 division. Her time of 3:53.53 in the 800m shattered the previous record of 4:49.72 set by Irene Obera in 2015. The Fayetteville, Georgia resident also claimed a new record in the mile with her time of 8:52.77. It bested the old record of 10:54.48 set by Gerry Davidson in 2005 by more than two minutes. Daprano also holds nine world age group records and now six American age group records.

 

Jeanne Daprano at the USATF Indoor National Masters Track and Field Championships 2017, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Photo by Dave Albo.

One of Friend-Uhl’s gold medals also came in the mile. The master’s track and field world record holder in the mile, ran 5:11.47 at altitude to claim victory. Friend-Uhl was also victorious in the 800m with her time of 2:18.69. “I was pleased to win the 800 and the mile, but I was disappointed with my times,” said Friend-Uhl. “The altitude was a factor of course, but I just didn’t feel 100% this weekend,” she said.

Julia Curran-Villarreal at the USATF Masters Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, NM. Photo courtesy Julia Curran-Villarreal.

Atlanta Track Club’s other five golds came in the field events. Julia Curran-Villarreal, 55, remains undefeated since 2015 in national championship meets. She cleared 1.30m in the high jump to win her fifth national title in three years. “I thought it would be close, and it was,” said Curran-Villarreal of her slim victory over Vicki Fox of the Northport Running Club. “I knew I had to clear the first jump on each height and that ended up winning me the gold medal.” Curran-Villarreal says she will now go for the W55 American record in outdoor track. James Sauers, 68,  won the gold medal in the M65-69 High Jump, clearing 1.55 to best his closest competition by 5cm.

James Sauer at the USATF Indoor National Masters Track and Field Championships 2017, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Photo by Dave Albo

Catherine Radle, 73,  won two gold medals. Her first came in the W70-74 high jump wher she cleared 1.05 for the victory. She also won the W70-74 pole vault with her jump of 1.60m.
 Radle’s husband, Sid Davis, 82, was the champion of the M80-84 weight throw with his throw of 10.04m. The couple both took up field events in the past three years as they have cut back on their running. For Radle, currently ranked number one in the United States in the W70-74 pole vault, the idea to start jumping came after watching the pole vault at an Atlanta Track Club All-Comers Meet. Shortly after, Davis got her pole vaulting lessons for her birthday. “We are a work in progress,” he says. “Both of us could get a whole lot better.” Davis says both he and Radle’s goal for the outdoor season is to improve their personal bests. “We are focusing on just improving our skill, remaining healthy and being more potent representatives of Atlanta Track Club.”
Atlanta Track Club athletes won a pair of silver medals in the 400m and 800m. Friend-Uhl ran 1:01.96 in the W45-49 division while Durran Dunn ran 56.8 in the M35-39 division of the 400. Friend-Uhl said she had the most fun racing the 400 and it felt like her best performance. David Wilkes time of 2:20.09 placed him second in the M55-59 division of the 800 and Reginald Mason’s time of 2:30.53 placed second in the M60-64 division.

Durran Dunn at the USATF Masters Indoor National Championships in Albuquerque, NM. Photo Courtesy Sonja Friend-Uhl.

Wilkes also won a bronze medal for his time of 5:34.34 in the M55-59 mile. Davis claimed bronze in the M80-84 shot put with his throw of 8.57.
Wilkes placed fourth in the M55-59 400m with his time of 59.70. Mason was fourth in the M60-64 of the 400m running 1:01.72. David Cannon, 52, was seventh in the M50-54 800m with a time of 2:20.09.

2017 AJC Peachtree Road Race Lottery Registration Opens Wednesday, March 15

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

ATLANTA – February 16, 2017 – Atlanta Track Club, organizer of the AJC Peachtree Road Race, announced today that registration for the 2017 event will open on Wednesday, March 15 through an online lottery at AJC.com/peachtree. July 4, 2017 will mark the 48th running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race. Those wishing to be selected as one of the 60,000 participants can register for the event lottery online anytime during the eight-day period beginning Wednesday, March 15 until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22.

Regardless of the day or time of registration, all individuals who enter the lottery during the registration period will have an equal chance of being selected for the 2017 AJC Peachtree Road Race. Entrants will be randomly selected after the lottery closes on March 22. All lottery entrants will receive an email by Saturday, March 25 informing them of whether or not they were selected for the 2017 event. Searchable results of the selection process will also be posted on peachtreeroadrace.org and AJC.com/peachtree on March 25. See grid below for a full list of key dates for registration.

“Atlanta Track Club annually looks forward to the world’s largest running celebration,” said Rich Kenah, Atlanta Track Club’s executive director. “As Atlanta Track Club prepares for the 48th running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race, we encourage newcomers and veterans, runners and walkers, Georgians and the world to join the fun.”

Atlanta Track Club members will continue to receive an early and guaranteed entry opportunity into the AJC Peachtree Road Race provided their memberships were current as of February 1, 2017. The early registration window for Atlanta Track Club members will take place Wednesday, March 1 through Tuesday, March 14.

The 48th running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race will take place on Tuesday, July 4. Entry into the 10K event remains $35 for Atlanta Track Club members and $38 for the public, plus applicable online processing fees. There is no charge to enter the lottery.

Entrants will have the opportunity to sign up for the Triple Peach Race Series presented by Mizuno during registration. Returning for its fifth year, the Triple Peach is a package created by Atlanta Track Club that rewards participants for completing three of Atlanta’s most popular running events; the AJC Peachtree Road Race, the PNC Atlanta 10 Miler and the Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon. Triple Peach participant benefits include a discounted price for the three events, a Triple Peach finisher’s shirt and a commemorative medal as well as a special celebration at the Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon.

Additional details regarding the 2017 AJC Peachtree Road Race including registration information, start wave placement details and specifics on the Peachtree Health & Fitness Expo, held July 2 and 3, are available at peachtreeroadrace.org.

Key Dates for AJC Peachtree Road Race Registration
March 1-14: Early registration for Atlanta Track Club members
March 15-22: Lottery registration for the general public open at AJC.com/peachtree
March 25: Lottery selections emailed and posted on peachtreeroadrace.org and AJC.com/peachtree

About 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 27,000 members, Atlanta Track Club is the second largest running organization in the United States. In addition to the AJC Peachtree Road Race (peachtreeroadrace.org) – the largest 10K running event in the world, the Publix Georgia Marathon, PNC 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 peachtreeroadrace.org or AJC.com/peachtree.

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 1.6 million people each week. Every month, nearly 6.9 million unique visitors access the newspaper’s websites, including AJC.com, myAJC.com and accessAtlanta.com. Our newsroom is the largest in Georgia with more than 150 journalists. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is part of Cox Media Group, a publishing, digital media and broadcasting subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises.

Atlanta Track Club Adds Seven to Elite Team in Olympic Pursuit

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

ATLANTA – February, 15, 2017 – In a huge step toward the goal of qualifying at least one athlete for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Atlanta Track Club announced the addition of seven athletes to Atlanta Track Club Elite’s Olympic Development Team, coached by 2008 Olympian Amy Begley and Andrew Begley with sponsorship from Mizuno Running USA.

Headlining the list is long distance specialist Maegan Krifchin. Krifchin, 28, placed seventh at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in February and holds a personal best of 1:09:51 in the half marathon (Rock and Roll Philadelphia, 2015) – a time that was the third fastest half marathon run by an American woman in all of 2015. Krifchin has recently located to Atlanta from Washington D.C. Under the Begleys, the Long Island native will focus on a fall marathon, her first since the Trials.

“Wherever you go, you can find a running community. With Atlanta Track Club, it IS the running community,” said Krifchin. “I’m looking forward to being part of a group with different talents to help me develop as a runner.”

Twin brothers Jim and Joe Rosa, 23, will begin their post-collegiate careers in Atlanta following a successful five years at Stanford University, where each earned All-American honors three times. Between them, they have a combined four top-10 finishes at NCAA Track & Field and Cross Country Championships despite being slowed by injuries. The Newark Star-Ledger named Joe the state’s seventh best high school track and field athlete of the century. Jim ranked 14th. Like fellow New Jersey native Rich Kenah, Atlanta Track Club’s executive director and 2000 Olympian, both hope that Atlanta factors into their journey to the Olympic Games.

“I think Atlanta Track Club is unique in that you can draw inspiration from our elite team all the way to those who have trained tirelessly just to be able to complete their first 5K,” said Joe Rosa of his membership in the nation’s second largest running organization.

Atlanta Track Club also adds two promising 800m runners to its roster in Megan Malasarte and Patrick Peterson. Malasarte, a Fayetteville, Georgia, native, holds the University of Georgia 800m school record both indoors and out and placed third in the 600m at the 2015 USATF Indoor Track and Field Championships. The 24-year-old returns home to Atlanta after two years of training and racing in Seattle. Last weekend, she qualified for the 2017 USATF Indoor Track and Field Championships and will compete in the 600m or 1000m. Peterson, 24, has also already qualified for the 2017 USATF Indoor Track and Field Championships in the 800m. The former Iowa State Cyclone most recently trained with the Big Bear Track Club in California. The New York native has a personal best of 1:48.10.

Two steeplechase specialists, Rob Mullett and Carmen Graves, join the team as well. Mullet, 29, comes to Atlanta as he prepares to chase his second consecutive Olympic team. He represented Great Britain in the steeplechase at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio after setting a personal steeplechase best of 8:22.42 earlier in 2016. Mullett, who raced collegiately for Butler University in Indiana, set a personal best in his first race with Atlanta Track Club, running 7:54.48 for 3000m at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston earlier this month. Graves, 26, competed at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in 2016 and placed seventh in the 3,000m at the 2016 USATF Indoor National Championships. The Virginia native was a five-time All-American at Division III Roanoke College.

“Atlanta Track Club is excited and proud to continue Atlanta’s Olympic legacy,” said Amy Begley. “We want Atlanta to be ‘Running City USA.’ Being home to one of the country’s best Olympic-level track and field programs is one of the ways we earn that title.”

Entering just its second year of existence, Atlanta Track Club’s professional elite team currently has more than two dozen post-collegiate athletes on its roster.

Atlanta Track Club Elite athletes train together and represent the Club at local, regional and national races as well as in the community. In addition to training and racing, Atlanta Track Club Elite team members teach, engage with and help support the Club’s more than 27,000 members. To learn more about Atlanta Track Club Elite, visit atlantatrackclub.org.

About 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 27,000 members, Atlanta Track Club is the second largest running organization in the United States. In addition to the AJC Peachtree Road Race (peachtreeroadrace.org) – the largest 10K running event in the world, the Publix Georgia Marathon, PNC 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.

Becoming a Runner: Never Too Busy to Work Out

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

ATLANTA – February 8, 2017 – Atlanta Track Club Intern Shana is taking up running and walking for the first time. In an attempt to get fit and lose weight, she has joined Atlanta Track Club’s Spring 5K In-Training program and is participating in a 12-week meal plan with Good Measure Meals. This is her weekly update on her training.

I must say I’m loving the person I’m becoming! While sometimes it seems like progress is coming slow, I can feel and see the changes right before my very own eyes.  I thought the hardest part was taking the first step, but now that I am in the swing of things, maintaining this lifestyle with a hectic schedule is actually the hard part.  I’m a person who values sleep over lots of things (my friends can vouch for this). So waking up early to get a workout in is tough and annoying, but working out at the end of a day is even more challenging because by the time I get home I’m ready to eat, shower, sleep; in that order. But I’m determined to make it work. Life comes at you fast, but I value the strides that I’ve made and at this point, I won’t allow myself to not at least try to make it work.  For example yesterday, I broke up a what would be a long day with going for a walk before lunch and managed to get in 2 miles!  What you think is the impossible is actually possible, if it is that important to you.