2021 In-Training for Peachtree

If this is your first Atlanta Journal Constitution Peachtree Road Race, you are aiming for a top 1,000 finisher mug, or just trying to stay in shape during the spring and summer, Atlanta Track Club's In-Training for Peachtree program is designed to meet your needs while training at home or in-person. The 11-week program combines structured long workouts with additional midweek workouts to help you reach your goals with the support of a community or without having to leave your neighborhood.

In 2021, the In-Training for Peachtree program will feature:

  • In-person and virtual options
  • Certified coaches to guide you while keeping you accountable
  • Digital learning opportunities on Tuesday evenings at 8:00 p.m. led by Atlanta's running and walking experts
  • Small group workouts throughout the city during the week and larger long workouts on Saturdays at two locations
  • Additional customized training levels to meet your fitness, experience, and goals
  • Workouts to prepare you for the AJC Peachtree Road Race or any summer 5K or 10K event
  • Deals and discounts from running specialty stores and sponsors
  • Daily text/email reminders of workouts powered by Final Surge
  • Online platforms to build community and camaraderie
  • Double-wall stainless steel water bottle courtesy Mizuno for new In-Training participants; returning participants get a sticker to add to your bottle to show your veteran status!

While event course limit paces will not be applied to the training program, we recommend that training participants be able to maintain 18-20 min/mile for at least a mile at the start of training.

Note: This training program does not include guaranteed entry into the AJC Peachtree Road Race.

Training Program Policies

Date & Time

  • April 19, 2021


  • Anywhere


  • 10K


  • $75.00 (Virtual)
  • $90.00 (In-Person)


March 15

Registration opens

April 18

Orientation - online at 7:00 p.m.

April 19

Training sessions begin

April 21

Regional, in-person, midweek workouts begin

April 24

In-person, Saturday, long workouts begin

May 4

Registration closes

May 29

No practice

July 4

AJC Peachtree Road Race


  • Saturday Workout Locations: In-person participants select one location during registration. Participants should arrive 15 minutes early to warm up and stretch.
  • Atlanta Track Club Headquarters, 201 Armour Drive - 7:30 a.m.
  • Alpharetta, 3600 Mansell Rd. Building 3, Big Creek Greenway - 7:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday Workout Locations: In-person participants select one location during registration. Participants should arrive 15 minutes early to warm up and stretch.
  • Decatur, East Lake Marta Station (West Howard side), 2260 College Ave, Wednesdays - 6:30 p.m.
  • Fowler Park, Cumming, Wednesdays - 6:00 p.m.
  • Peachtree Middle School, Track, Dunwoody, Wednesdays - 5:30 p.m.
  • Piedmont Park with Coach Amy, Active Oval, Wednesdays - 5:45 p.m.
  • Piedmont Park, Active Oval, Thursdays - 6:00 a.m.
  • Riverside Park, Roswell, Wednesdays - 6:30 a.m.
  • Silver Comet Trail, Nickajack Elementary Trailhead, Wednesdays - 6:00 p.m.
  • Swift Cantrell Park, Flag Poles, Kennesaw, Wednesdays - 6:30 p.m.


$75.00, virtual option
$90.00, in-person option

  • Refund Policy: Training registration is non-refundable* and non-transferable.
    • *Refunds are for medical reasons only and must be submitted with a physician's letter prior to the close of registration. A $25.00 processing fee will be retained.
  • This training program does not include guaranteed entry into the 2021 AJC Peachtree Road Race.


We will kickoff the program with a 60-90 minute online orientation in which Coach Amy will discuss the program's routines and expectations, explain Final Surge and its benefits, and answer your training questions. The last 30 minutes will be for in-person participants only. Sunday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom.


Amy Begley, Atlanta Track Club, Lead Coach - In-Training Programs, Lead Coach - Olympic Development Team, 2008 Olympian - 10,000m Eric Heintz, Atlanta Track Club, Director - High Performance Eden Meyer, Atlanta Track Club, Olympic Development Team Athlete, Assistant Coach - In-Training Programs

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Frequently Asked Questions


I am not technologically savvy. Will I be trained on how to use all of the digital tools in the program?

Yes! Orientation, online videos, downloadable documents, and more will take you through the process step-by-step to maximize your experience.

Do I have to type my workouts into Final Surge?

No, the platform will sync with your watch to allow for a seamless experience.

Customization and Coaching

What do you mean by customized or individualized coaching?

The program offers a variety of training levels based on mileage, experience, and goals. The program also provides the tools to customize your paces for easy runs and walks in addition to harder workouts such as tempos and speedwork. Participants have the ability to move training days based on their work and life schedules. While a certified coach will look after your training and keep you accountable, it is not a personal coaching program with unlimited access to the coach.

Are there opportunities for interactions with coaches?

Yes! Tuesday evenings often feature online education sessions including opportunities for questions and answers. Coaches and Run Leads, experienced volunteers who assist with the program, are also present at midweek and Saturday workout locations for in-person conversations. Your coach will also be available through email any time and in certain circumstances by phone.

Will I be able to schedule weekly one-on-one calls with my coach?

No, but you do you have unlimited digital correspondence and access at midweek and Saturday workouts and online educational sessions.

Group Training

Are group interval/speedwork sessions included with this program?

Yes! The in-person program features group workouts at various locations throughout the city.

Are supported, group long runs sponsored by Atlanta Track Club included with this program?

Yes! The in-person program features an Atlanta and northside option for long runs and workouts.


Once I sign up for In-Training how long does it take before I receive my plan?

A day or two after you register, complete your survey questions, and accept your invitation to Final Surge, a coach will upload your training plan. Our coaches review each individual registration for the participant's experience, current training, goals, and preferred level before manually implementing the plan that best fits your unique needs.

How do I determine my paces for workouts, training runs or walks?
There is a two step process. First, In-Training utilizes an Indicator Run or recent race result to determine your current fitness. An Indicator Run is a race effort that acts as a starting point for the program. In-Training then uses a proprietary pace calculator to derive your training paces in order to maximize your benefits from the program.

Where should I run?

Runner and walkers have individual likes and dislikes for training locations. While Atlanta Track Club can recommend popular locations throughout the metro Atlanta area, it is important to find safe routes near your neighborhood to maintain consistent training. Shaded streets with sidewalks and few intersections are best or dedicated paths devoted to pedestrian traffic. Using tools such a RunGo, MapMyRun, and gmap-pedometer can be useful in determining good routes. We also encourage talking with Run Leads and other participants for local recommendations.

I did not reach the prescribed mileage for a day or week. Should I adjust my paces or workouts?

You do not. Most of your workouts are for a specific amount of time and the mileage is an estimate. If you are over or under by a small amount it is okay. Consistency of effort and training are more important. Some days, specifically your longer workouts, the total mileage is the priority. These are typically your Saturday workouts.







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