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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.

Atlanta Track Club Elite Athletes to Put on Show at Fast Break 5K

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

ATLANTA — February 3, 2017 — With enough runners to field almost four basketball teams, Atlanta Track Club’s elite team will have a noticeable presence on the starting line of the Atlanta Hawks Fast Break 5K at Philips Arena this weekend.

In the women’s race, 800m specialist Megan Malasarte will be making her road racing debut in an Atlanta Track Club uniform. Malasarte, a Fayetteville, Georgia native and University of Georgia graduate recently joined Atlanta Track Club’s team of professional runners. Last weekend, she set a personal best in the 1,000m running 2:45.51 at the Terrier Classic in Boston. She is hoping to qualify for the USA Track and Field Indoor National Championships in March in the 800m, an event for which she holds both the indoor and outdoor record for UGA. Even though this weekend’s race is six times the length of her best distance, Malasarte isn’t worried.

“Like they say, slow and steady wins the race,” she says. “I would just like to be smart in the first mile, focus in the middle and just race with whatever’s left by that last mile. I want to have as much fun as I can.”

Teammate and fellow newcomer Carmen Graves will feel right at home in the longer race. With a 16:08 5K personal best, the steeplechaser who comes to Atlanta Track Club by way of Roanoke College should be a threat to break the tape. Graves, who competed at the U.S Olympic Track and Field Trials last summer, is dealing with some Achilles problems but says she is still excited to race for the first time since the USATF Club Cross Country Championships in December.

Carmen Graves at the USATF Club Cross Country Championships in Tallahassee, Florida in December 2016

“The Atlanta Hawks Fast Break 5k will be good strength work, and next weekend I will work on my speed endurance at Vanderbilt with a distance medley relay and mile,” says Graves.

“I am focused on running a good 3k steeplechase this outdoor season, which requires the strength you need when running a 5K and the speed you need when running a mile,” she says.

Complete women’s elite field

Jill Arnold

Janel Blancett

Hannah Chappell-Dick

Charlotte Davis

Carmen Graves

Lacey Krout

Megan Malasarte

Yolanda Ngarmambe

Morgan VanGorder

Kirsten Weberg

In the men’s race, former Stanford University standouts Jim and Joe Rosa will be making their Atlanta Track Club debut. The twins are getting back into shape from recent injuries and in the process of training for the outdoor track season.

“The race is really just to see where we’re at in training. It’s been a while since I’ve raced so it will be good to get a sense of where I’m at moving forward in workouts,” says Jim Rosa.

Jim says he’s currently only running three to four days a week and swimming or biking the other days. . “The biggest thing that I am focusing on this year is being patient. From now until July is a long time and the idea is to just keep getting a little bit better every week from now until then,” he says.

His brother Joe will race for the first time in nearly 15 months and says for him the race will not only be about getting used to the feeling of racing again but it will also be a test of current fitness and how much work lies ahead. “I embrace the chance to race when my fitness isn’t great because it gives me a chance to give a great effort,” says Joe. If I keep fighting as hard as I can even when I’m not in great shape eventually  I’ll be able to give the same effort in races where things are going great and that will translate into my best performances.”

Both Rosas say they hope to stick with their Atlanta Track Club teammates James Dwyer, Matt McDonald and Andrew McLain.

Complete Men’s Elite Field

Dougie Coffed

James Dwyer

Brandon Lasater

Andrew McLain

Matt McDonald

Patrick Peterson

Jim Rosa

Joe Rosa

 

 

Atlanta Track Club and Boston Athletic Association Put Friendly Wager on Super Bowl LI

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

ATLANTA – February 2, 2017 – With Super Bowl LI between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots fast approaching, Atlanta Track Club and the Boston Athletic Association have agreed to a friendly agreement based on the outcome of the big game. Depending on the winner of Super Bowl LI, members of Atlanta Track Club or the B.A.A. will have to pose with the winning team’s jersey on a run around their city and post the photo on social media.

If the Falcons win, the B.A.A. High Performance team will run around Boston College’s Alumni Stadium with a jersey of Falcons quarterback and BC alum Matt Ryan. If the Patriots win, members of Atlanta Track Club Elite will have to run and pose with a Tom Brady Patriots’ jersey in front of the Georgia Dome.

In addition, the team from the losing city will have to run a certain number of miles with the jersey based on the game’s final score. If the winning team scores 35 points, then either Atlanta Track Club or the B.A.A. will cumulatively need to run 35 miles with the jersey.

“We believe our Atlanta Falcons will rise up and win the Super Bowl – so much so, we decided on a fun wager with our friends at the Boston Athletic Association,” said Rich Kenah, executive director of Atlanta Track Club.

“It’s good to have a little fun with our friends from the Atlanta Track Club as we root for the Patriots to complete the Drive for Five,” said B.A.A. CEO Tom Grilk. “We stand as solidly with the Patriots as they have with everyone in New England who has supported the marathon. We are one community.”

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 26,000 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 Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.)
Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A.’s Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon, and the organization manages other local events and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running programs, including high performance athletes and running club. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial. The B.A.A. and its running team receives year-round support from adidas. More than 60,000 runners will participate in B.A.A. events in 2017. The 121st Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 17, 2017.

Becoming a Runner: Getting the hang of it and starting to like it!

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

A selfie from the morning workout

ATLANTA – January 25, 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.

Can you believe we this is the 4th week already? As I take a step back and look at how things have evolved over the last 4 weeks, I am amazed at all the habits I have picked up.  Let’s do a little recap of where I was: Eating one meal a day, no portion control, and only exercising consistently in my mind.  As we enter into this 4th week, I can say that I’m now eating 3 balanced meals a day. I’m exercising more, and I can identify what a healthy portion is.  Alissa at Good Measure Meals has been a strong supporter in helping me accomplish these goals.  As the weekend approaches we discuss healthy meal options and recap what a portion looks like for the various types of food groups.  Even in traveling, she made sure I was equipped with recipes to try once I got to my destination! While some days are better than others, I’m making improvements and I believe that I am in a better place than I was. This is a journey, and it’s not finished yet!

A coworker told this morning she could tell that I was getting addicted to the process! As much as I have tried to fight it, the burn from the workout is starting to feel a little good.  Before a workout and during I feel like I can’t breath and that end is so far away, but after as I’m walking through the office or driving home the satisfaction of being able to say I’ve completed a workout is so amazing! While I’m not where I want to be overall, the aches and pains must mean I’m headed in the right direction right?

4 weeks down, and some will say forever to go, but I will just say more goals to accomplish!

New American Record, National Championship Qualifiers and Personal Bests in Boston

Monday, January 30th, 2017

ATLANTA — January 30, 2017 — Atlanta Track Club came home from Boston with five new personal bests, an American record and two tickets to the USA Track & Field National Championships.

Middle distance runners Megan Malasarte and Brigitte Mania kicked off the weekend of racing Friday night at Boston University’s Terrier Classic. The teammates finished first and second in the 1,000m. Malasarte’s time of 2:45.51 is just shy of the qualifying standard for the National Championships (2:44.0). Malasarte, who holds the University of Georgia’s indoor and outdoor records in the 800m joined Atlanta Track Club in December. Mania’s time of 2:47.41 is a new personal best although she was hoping for a different result. “Sometimes progress is all you can ask for even though you wanted faster times,” Mania said. “Time to get back to working hard the next couple of weeks.”

Both Malasarte and Mania were back on the track hours later for the 5K. The pair helped pace teammate Bridget Lyons to 16:01.54, a 16-second personal best and 1.54 seconds off the national qualifying standard (16:00.00).

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Malasarte, Lyons and Mania after the 5K

Sonja Friend-Uhl set a new W45 American Record in the 3,000m. Her time of 9:53.04 shattered the previous record of 10:02.55 set by Joan Benoit Samuelson in 2003. “I remember watching Joanie on TV winning the Olympic marathon in 1984 in LA,” Friend-Uhl told Masterstrack.com. I had raced in the coliseum earlier that summer for the ARCO Jesse Owens Games. I ran the 400 in 64 seconds as a 12-year-old in that meet.  She was a significant running idol to me and still is for all she has contributed to our sport,” Friend-Uhl said.

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Friend-Uhl in the 3,000m

On Saturday at the Terrier Classic, Brandon Lasater and Patrick Peterson punched their ticket to the national championships with their performances in the 1,000m. Lasater set a new personal best with a time of 2:22.20, placing second behind Olympian Robby Andrews. “I am happy to get the qualifier out the way,” said Lasater about his first trip to Indoor nationals. “Now I can focus on training and racing instead of getting a time,” he said. Peterson, who recently joined Atlanta Track Club from Big Bear Track Club was third in 2:22.58. Peterson will be heading to Albuquerque after making it to the 800m finals at last year’s national championships in Portland. “I am loving being part of Atlanta Track Club,” Peterson said after his race. “I am excited to represent the club in Albuquerque,” he said.

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Peterson and Lasater after qualifying for the USATF Indoor National Championships

The USATF Indoor National Championships will be held March 3-5 at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Also in Boston this weekend, Rob Mullett put on the Atlanta Track Club uniform for the first time at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix. Mullett, who represented Great Britain in the steeplechase at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio set a new personal best in the 3,000m with a time of 7:54.48. “I’m reasonably happy with it,” Mullett said about his race against a stacked field that included Paul Chelimo and Hagos Gebrhiwet who won silver and bronze respectively in the 5,000m in Rio. “It’s exciting to move down here and get a PR in the first race,” he said.

 

 

Georgia Indoor Pole Vault State Championships Showcase some of the Best Jumps in the Nation

Monday, January 30th, 2017

ATLANTA – January 30, 2017 – Pole Vault Atlanta hosted its second indoor pole vault meet at Atlanta Track Club on Sunday, January 29, 2017. Named the Indoor State Championships, 65 athletes including many of Georgia’s top vaulters participated. Atlanta Track Club’s indoor facility provided favorable conditions for personal bests for the majority of participants. In total, there were 25 personal bests and three new state-leading jumps that place all three vaulters in the top 15 in the nation. The day was separated into four divisions, girls and boys high and low pits.

The girls high school division showcased national talent, including the nation’s #1, #3, and #7 jumpers. Fifteen girls would compete for the state indoor title. The competition began to get intense as Alex Potts of Pole Vault Atlanta hit 3.68m on her third attempt leading a total of five girls to attempt 3.80m; Hannah Jeffcoat, Kaylee Riley, Becky Arbiv, Carson Dingler, and Potts.

Alex Potts

Three of the five would miss at the next height, leaving Dingler of First Presbyterian Day School and Arbiv of Pole Vault Atlanta in head-to-head competition. The bar was eventually raised to 4.14, with both girls using all three attempts. Arbiv made some technical changes on her final run, and from a six-step jump cleared it on her third attempt. barely grazed the 13’ 7” mark, winning the meet and giving her the best jump in the country.

Becky Arbiv

The boys division was also impressive. The competition saw 14 boys gunning for the title of top Georgia indoor pole vaulter. It was a long day for these vaulters with many personal bests were achieved on third attempts. The bar quickly rose to 4m with seven boys still in it. By the time the bar got to 4.45m the meet was down to four; Hunter Mallard, Jack Rhea, Jack Cahillane, and Jack Haller.

Jack Rhea

The final two, Rhea and Mallard, debated the next height and went with 4.79m to break into the top 15 vaults in the country. Rhea made a valiant effort, but fell just short of the goal, placing second. On Mallard’s third and final attempt, he cleared the height with inches to spare. The bar moved to 4.88m, 16’ 0.0”, and on Mallard’s final attempt, he grazed the bar – but it held as he fell into the pit, putting him into the top 10 in the nation.

 

The girls low pit division (ages 9-18) included the #1 and #2 middle school girls in the state, Payton Phillips & Brooklyn Kierbow. Phillips won the middle school division with a jump of 2.78m over Kierbow, who placed second with a vault of 2.51m. Of the girls in the low pit division, four girls cleared new PR’s and more than 10 girls attempted PR vaults!

The low pits saw a significant amount of personal bests in the middle school boys division, including a new leader. Nicholas West jumped 3.05m. In the high school low pit division, it was exciting as two boys battled to clear 3.56m with Matt Mazzacano victorious over Austin Drake on misses.