High School Elite Division - Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race 

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A New Tradition in 2024

The inaugural Elite High School Division of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race hosted by Atlanta Track Club will give the best distance runners in Georgia the chance to experience professional road-racing firsthand. The top 40 runners from across the state will line up next to the world's best at the World's Largest 10K on July 4. The two-day immersive experience will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the life of a professional distance runner and the opportunity to race against their peers on one of road-racing's biggest stages.

Date

  • July 3-4, 2024

Locations

  • The InterContinetental Buckhead Atlanta Hotel - Pre-Race Dinner and More
  • Georgia World Congress Center - Expo, Press Conferences
  • Lenox Mall - Starting Line
  • Piedmont Park - Finish Line

Cost

  • Free to selected athletes
  • Participation is by invitation only

The Experience

Each participating athlete will be treated as a professional including the following experiences:
  • Athlete briefing and welcome at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta hotel
  • Group transportation to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race Expo presented by Publix for equipment fitting
  • Complimentary professional uniform kit courtesy of adidas including adizero adios Pro 3 racing shoes
  • Engagement with professional athletes at the pre-race press conference
  • Answering questions from the press and/or public at the high school athlete panel
  • Pre-race banquet with the professional field at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta hotel
  • Inclusion at the pre-race technical meeting with the professional field
  • Opportunity to meet and talk with the professional athletes
  • Access to professional athlete wellness services and hospitality before and after the race
  • Access to the professional athlete warmup area the morning of the race
  • Begin the race at the front of the main field with the professional men's field next to them and more than 50,000 runners behind them!
  • Compete in the 55th Running of the Atlanta Journal Constitution Peachtree Road Race in the High School Elite division
  • Post-race hospitality at the finish line with the elite field
  • Optional bus service to return to the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta hotel
  • Please note: A hotel room for the night of July 3 is not included, but rooms will be available at a reduced rate for those interested. Hotel options, including the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta can be found here and prices vary depending on the hotel.
Peachtree Elite High School

How to Qualify

The top 20 non-senior boy distance runners and the top 20 non-senior girl distance runners residing in the state of Georgia will be selected to join the field based on the following considerations:

  • Athlete must be in the graduating class of 2025, 2026 or 2027
  • Automatic selection if athlete is named to the Atlanta Track Club All-Metro Cross Country Team
  • Exceptional performances at high-level cross country meets during the 2023 season such as the Wingfoot XC Classic
  • Top performances on the track during the 2024 season in the 1600m and 3200m
  • Athlete must compete on an organized high school team within an organization such as the GHSA or GIAA, GAPPS, etc.

July 3 Schedule

All times are approximate and will be updated as the event approaches

1:00 p.m.

Arrive at InterContinental

2:00 p.m.

Depart For Expo

2:30 p.m.

Uniform and Shoe Fitting

3:15 p.m.

Press Conference

3:45 p.m.

High School Panel

4:15 p.m.

Return to InterContinental

6:00 p.m.

Banquet Dinner

6:30 p.m.

Technical Meeting

7:00 p.m.

Social Time

7:30-8:00 p.m.

Athlete Pickup

July 4 Schedule

All times are approximate and will be updated as the event approaches

5:30 a.m.

Arrive at InterContinental

5:45 a.m.

Depart For Elite Warmup Area

7:00 a.m.

High School Elite Race Begins

7:50 a.m.

All Athletes in the Hospitality Area

8:00 a.m.

Post-Race Interviews

8:15 a.m.

Awards Ceremony

8:30 a.m.

Athletes Depart With Parents

8:45 a.m.

Bus Returns to InterContinental

Confirmed Participants

*Updated 4/8/2024

Boys

  • Ethan Bridge, Denmark High School - 2023 Atlanta Track Club All-Metro XC Honoree, 15:36, 9:27, 4:32
  • Aaron Brodrick, Oconee County High School - 15:28, 9:23, 4:24
  • Malachi Burnett, Creekview High School - 2023 Atlanta Track Club All-Metro XC Honoree, 15:16, 9:38, 4:29
  • Riley Comstock, Harrison High School - 2023 Atlanta Track Club All-Metro XC Honoree, 15:16, 9:43, 4:25
  • Caleb Darsey, Bleckley County High School - 15:40, 9:49, 4:26
  • Davis Drake, Johnson Ferry High School - 2023 Atlanta Track Club All-Metro XC Honoree, State XC Champion, 15:28, 9:29, 4:24
  • Walker Elrod, Grace Christian Academy - 15:32, 9:25, 4:36
  • Evan Grundmeyer, Marietta High School - 15:52, 9:46, 4:28
  • Liam Hanemann, Marist School - 2023 Atlanta Track Club All-Metro XC Honoree, 15:32, 4:16
  • Clint Huggins, Harrison High School - 15:29, 9:26, 4:19
  • Jackson Hogsed, Lambert High School - 2023 Atlanta Track Club All-Metro XC Honoree, 15:27, 9:10, 4:17
  • Wood Moore, Wesleyan School - 2023 Atlanta Track Club All-Metro XC Honoree, 15:33, 9:18, 4:20
  • Jameson Pifer, Collins Hill High School - 2023 Atlanta Track Club All-Metro XC Honoree, 15:09, 9:19, 4:17
  • Alexander Thompson, Brookwood High School - 15:53, 9:29, 4:29
  • Ben Winn, South Forsyth High School - 2023 Atlanta Track Club All-Metro XC Honoree, 15:30, 9:11, 4:22
  • Bryant Young, North Hall High School - 16:01, 9:43, 4:20

Girls

  • Kenley Adams, Lambert High School - 18:50, 5:28
  • Liliana Beemer, Evans High School - 18:42, 5:31
  • Zahara Bernal, Pace Academy - 2023 Atlanta Track Club All-Metro XC Honoree, State XC Champion, 17:55, 10:36, 5:00
  • Georgy Helmers, St. Anne Pacelli Catholic School - 17:37, 10:44, 5:10
  • Josie Hutchinson, Pope High School - 2023 Atlanta Track Club All-Metro XC Honoree, 18:12, 11:36, 5:05
  • Maddie Jones, Marietta High School - 2023 Atlanta Track Club All-Metro XC Honoree, 18:16, 11:00, 5:09
  • Tess Krogman, West Forsyth High School - 18:47, 11:48, 5:23
  • Weezie Moore, Wesleyan School - 2023 Atlanta Track Club All-Metro XC Honoree, State XC Champion, 19:40, 11:39, 5:15
  • Mary Nesmith, Marietta High School - 2023 Atlanta Track Club All-Metro XC Honoree, State XC Champion, 17:51, 10:59, 4:53
  • Clodagh O'Bryant, North Hall High School - 18:44, 11:11, 5:01
  • London Ray, Blessed Trinity High School - 18:11, 10:53, 5:13
  • Olivia Resnick, Pace Academy - 2023 Atlanta Track Club All-Metro XC Honoree, 18:37, 5:13
  • Caroline Rogers, Marist School - 2023 Atlanta Track Club All-Metro XC Honoree, 18:38, 11:22, 5:20
  • Kennedy Wardle, Brookwood High School - 18:44, 11:32, 5:15

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