Team Marine Corps Wins Fundraising Portion of the 2016 Kilometer Kids Charity Chase
ATLANTA – August 1, 2016 – Two branches of the military earned special bragging rights in connection to the 2016 AJC Peachtree Road Race. The third annual Kilometer Kids Charity Chase featured a team competition between our nation’s military branches, with Team Marine Corps and Team Air Force each claiming a victory in the two-part challenge.
In partnership with United Military Care, Team Air Force, Team Army, Team Coast Guard, Team Marine Corps and Team Navy competed in two areas: The fastest military branch to complete the AJC Peachtree Road Race and the team that received the most donations for Atlanta Track Club’s Kilometer Kids youth running program through an online fundraiser.
Team Marine Corps won the fundraising portion of the Kilometer Kids Charity Chase, with 33% of donors choosing to honor the Marine Corps with their contribution. In second place was last year’s winner, Team Navy, with 22% of the donations. All proceeds will go towards expanding the reach and accessibility of the Kilometer Kids program in metro Atlanta as part of a continued effort to encourage young people to achieve health and fitness through running.
At the AJC Peachtree Road Race, Team Air Force crossed the line first with a commanding lead to win the footrace portion of the Kilometer Kids Charity Chase. Captain Richard Elmore finished first for his team in 37:15. Team Air Force’s cumulative time was 5:09:11.
The 47th running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race took place on Monday, July 4, 2016. The AJC Peachtree Road Race is the world’s largest 10K with 60,000 participants. For more information on Kilometer Kids and the AJC Peachtree Road Race, 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 24,000 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.
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