Record Number of Participants Enjoy PNC Atlanta 10 Miler & 5K
ATLANTA, October 23, 2016 – The 2016 PNC Atlanta 10 Miler & 5K featured the largest crowd in the event’s history as well as the arrival of cool, fall temperatures. More than 5,000 participants toed the line at Atlantic Station this morning to take on the challenging course, which winds through West Midtown and Buckhead.Atlanta Track Club Elite’s Kirubel Erassa dominated the PNC Atlanta 10 Miler with a 50:01 finish, breaking the tape more than five minutes ahead of second place finisher Josh Carson of Atlanta (55:11). “It was challenging,” said Erassa. “I thought I was done with the hills, and then there was a lot more. It was fun.”For the women, Lauren Woodring of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, won in 59:20. “Since PNC was sponsoring the event, we brought about 10 employees down from Pittsburgh. The course was really enjoyable. I didn’t think there would be more hills than Pittsburgh, but this gave us a run for our money!”In the Atlanta 5K, it was a close finish for three of Atlanta Track Club Elite’s men. James Dwyer threw in a final kick to finish first in 14:41, ahead of Matt McDonald and Andrew McLain in 14:42 and 14:43, respectively. “I made sure I had enough energy left at the end,” said Dwyer. “We work out together as a team, but when it’s a race we don’t hold back against each other.”The top female finisher of the Atlanta 5K was Sallie Post, also of Atlanta Track Club Elite, with a time of 16:43. “It was tough. I went out a little fast in the first mile, but felt really strong on the big hill on Northside. I was hoping to break 17 minutes and I did.”PNC Atlanta 10 Miler overall winners Erassa and Woodring were also crowned King and Queen of Cardiac Hill in the on-course challenge, Conquer Cardiac Hill presented by Mizuno. Erassa and Woodring powered up the infamous hill in 4:48 and 6:00, respectively. The “race within a race” provided timed splits for participants as they ran from the bottom to the top of Cardiac Hill, which climbs more than 12 stories in elevation in less than a mile and is best known from Atlanta Track Club’s flagship event, the AJC Peachtree Road Race. The top 100 fastest participants up the hill were able to to claim an award following the event.Participants of the PNC Atlanta 10 Miler were also treated to cheer zone support from 12 local nonprofits that were selected to be part of Atlanta Track Club’s Adopt a Mile program. The organizations were chosen based on their work to improve health and fitness in the metro Atlanta community through walking and running, with a special emphasis on those serving youth. Atlanta Track Club will donate up to $5,000 to each of the organizations for “adopting” a mile along the course, depending on the level of assistance and participation from each group. Additionally, the organization voted “Best of the Best” by event participants will earn a $500 prize. For a list of participating organizations, visit atlantatrackclub.org.Complete results for the 2016 PNC Atlanta 10 Miler & 5K are posted at atlantatrackclub.org.About Atlanta Track ClubAtlanta 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 PNC Atlanta 10 MilerIn its fourth year, the PNC Atlanta 10 Miler features a scenic but challenging 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 the Triple Peach Race Series presented by Mizuno, this event is a perfect next step after the AJC Peachtree Road Race and a great final tune-up for the Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon. Held along with the PNC Atlanta 10 Miler is the Atlanta 5K. For more information, visit atlantatrackclub.org.