Participants will have more than one opportunity to win at the Atlanta 10 Miler on Sunday, October 26, 2014, Atlanta Track Club announced today. A new on-course challenge appropriately named Conquer Cardiac Hill presented by Mizuno will test runners’ hill climbing ability on one of the most recognizable stretches of Peachtree Road.
Found approximately seven miles into the 10 mile course, “Cardiac Hill,” is the name given to the stretch of Peachtree Road that rises more than 12 stories in elevation in less than a mile. Participants of Atlanta Track Club’s flagship event, the AJC Peachtree Road Race, are most familiar with the well-known hill and now the Club is offering another opportunity for Atlanta area runners to conquer it. An award, the title of King and Queen of Cardiac Hill, will go to the man and woman who climb the hill the fastest.
Mizuno USA, Atlanta-based running apparel and footwear manufacturer, has teamed up with Atlanta Track Club as the presenting sponsor of the challenge which offers timed splits for participants from the bottom to the top of the hill. Mizuno will be on-site providing motivation as participants attempt to Conquer Cardiac Hill. Awards will be presented to the top overall male and female, as well as to the top 100 fastest particpants up the hill.
The King and Queen of Cardiac Hill will each receive a Mizuno running kit, including a pair of running shoes, and those with the top 100 fastest hill climb times will earn a prize rivaling the coveted top 1000 mug at the AJC Peachtree Road Race. All participants that Conquer Cardiac Hill and finish the Atlanta 10 Miler will be encouraged to visit the Mizuno area at Atlantic Station after the event to learn their hill climb time and share their result on social media for an additional chance to win.
“Anyone who has participated in the AJC Peachtree Road Race knows about Cardiac Hill. Rather than fear this challenging Atlanta landmark, we want our Atlanta 10 Miler participants to celebrate their ability to conquer it,” said Rich Kenah, executive director of Atlanta Track Club. “With that in mind, Atlanta Track Club will make sure this portion of their race experience is one participants look forward to for years to come.”
Registration for the Atlanta 10 Miler is open online at atlantatrackclub.org through October 22. No additional registration is needed to participate in Conquer Cardiac Hill presented by Mizuno. Timing mats will be placed at the bottom of the hill near the intersection of Peachtree Battle and Peachtree Road and at the top of the hill near the corner of Peachtree Road and Collier Road.
To help prepare participants for the big day, Atlanta Track Club and Mizuno will host training runs near Cardiac Hill in the weeks leading up to the Atlanta 10 Miler. Full details on the training runs are available here.
About the Atlanta 10 Miler
In its second year, the Atlanta 10 Miler features an exciting new course that starts and finishes inside Atlantic Station and takes participants on a tour of unbeatable skyline views and tree-lined Buckhead streets. As the featured second stop for participants in Atlanta Track Club’s Triple Peach, this event is a perfect next step after the AJC Peachtree Road Race and a great final tune-up for the Atlanta Half Marathon presented by Northside Hospital on Thanksgiving Day. Held along with the Atlanta 10 Miler, the Atlanta 5K presented by American Family Insurance and the Kilometer Kids Fun Zone provide an event for runners of all abilities and ages to participate. For more information and to register for the event, 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 21,000 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 and the Atlanta Half Marathon and Thanksgiving Day 5K (atlantahalfmarathon.org), 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.