Atlanta Track Club believes that progress begins with open conversation. The "Common Ground" initiative allows for conversations centered on diversity and inclusion. The Club is gifting benches made out of recycled plastic from the 2019 AJC Peachtree Road Race to local organizers to serve as the setting for these conservations. This program and bench will serve both as a literal and figurative symbol of the common ground we all share. It's our hope that through these conversions we will learn, grow, and inspire a sense of belonging without the fear of bias. We hope our members, participants, and partners will join us along the way.

Watch the conversations:

Bob Holmes, Founding Member of South Fulton Running Partners

Georgia State Rep. Chuck Efstration

Lauren Koontz, CEO & President YMCA of Metro Atlanta

Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant and Atlanta Police Foundation President & CEO Dave Wilkinson

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Atlanta's Running Community

C.J. and Kelli Stewart with L.E.A.D.

Mike Cosentino, Founder of Big Peach Running Co.

Alphonso Whitfield, WABE Producer

Alexander High School Track & Field

Boys & Girls Club of Atlanta

Roswell Arts Fund

David T. Howard Middle School

Atlanta Falcons/AMB Sports & Entertainment

Discovery High School

Park Mobile

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Atlanta Hawks

KIPP Atlanta Collegiate Track & XC

Back On My Feet

Berry College