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Due to the current conditions around COVID-19, the 52nd Running of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race may be run on two days; July 3 and July 4 to reduce crowds and provide the safest possible race day experience.

See our latest announcement on safety measures here.

The Club has commissioned a COVID-19 task force including epidemiologist and infectious disease experts led by Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race Co-Medical Director, Dr. Jonathan Kim of Emory Healthcare.

NOTE: Atlanta Track Club will consult with its COVID-19 Advisory Group to determine how this new CDC guidance impacts planned safety measures at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race and will communicate any changes in the coming weeks.

Name Position
Carlos Del Rio Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases; Executive Associate Dean Professor of Global Health & Epidemiology - Emory University
Felipe Den Brok Director of Emergency Preparedness - City of Atlanta
Philip Gilman Deputy Chief of Staff - City of Atlanta
Chris Hollis Project Manager - Atlanta Track Club
Matthew Kallmyer Director - Atlanta Fulton County Emergency Management
Rich Kenah Executive Director - Atlanta Track Club
Jonathan Kim Chief of Sports Cardiology - Emory
Lekshmi Kumar ER Physician & Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine - Emory
Reginald Mason Pulmonary & Critical Care Specialist - Kaiser Permanente
Marybeth Sexton Medical Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship - Emory
Samuel Shartar Director of Operations - Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response - Emory
Lisa Tanner Director of Events - Atlanta Track Club
Michelle Voeltz Interventional Cardiology Specialist - Northside Hospital
Becky Washburn Director - Shepherd Center Wheelchair Division

The task force will regularly meet to assess the current conditions and adjust event safety efforts accordingly. All safety measures are applicable to participants, volunteers, vendors, staff and partners.

Current safety measures include:

  • Extended race time - Runners and walkers will be spread out across two mornings covering 11 hours of open course.
  • Proof of negative test or vaccination - Those with a proof of vaccination will be able to skip screening stations at the Peachtree Health and Fitness Expo presented by Publix and at the start line. Those without a proof of vaccination will be required to undergo screening and may be asked to provide proof of a negative rapid test. We have partnered with 360 K9, a bio detection agency, to provide quick, non-invasive testing.
  • Limited field - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race will admit fewer than the 60,000 traditional participants into the in-person event. Exact capacity has not been determined.
  • Smaller start waves, more time - Each start wave will contain half the participants than it does in a typical year. The waves will also have double the amount of time in between them. Participants can expect to have 36 feet of personal space while awaiting the start of the race.
  • Strict enforcement of face coverings for all in attendance except when running or walking - You'll have to wear a mask before and after the event. There will be a clean, dry mask sealed in plastic attached to your race bib for once you cross the finish line.
  • Hydration stations along the course will be self-serve - Water will be located every mile. Look for sealed Dasani water bottles along the way and packaged food once you cross the finish line.
  • Post-race gatherings in Piedmont Park - Atlanta Track Club's Member Party will be suspended at this time. Additionally, Piedmont Park will be closed to spectators and only participants permitted to enter.
  • Extended Peachtree Health & Fitness Expo presented by Publix - The expo will take place over four days (June 26-27, July 1-2) and feature fewer vendors. The Georgia World Congress Center has implemented new, more frequent cleaning procedures to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • Refunds for COVID-19 positive participants - If a registered participant becomes COVID-19 positive within 14 days of the event, that participant will have the option to either receive a full refund, minus the third-party processing fee, or switch to the virtual race. Participants must provide verification, in the form of a digital test result image, to receive refund. Any participant unable to provide verification will be switched to the virtual running of the 52nd Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race.

Similar measures will be employed at Peachtree Junior. Planning is underway for that event.