Archive for June, 2010

A Labor of Love

“Unless we think of others and do something for them, we miss one of the greatest sources of happiness.”    …Ray Lyman Wilbur

We’ve talked a lot about getting to the finish line on race morning – whether slow or fast, up near the front or way back in the rear. But we’ve neglected one critical piece of the puzzle – the true reason we are able to get from Buckhead to Piedmont Park – the volunteers of the AJC Peachtree Road Race.

The volunteers of this esteemed event (along with the race management staff of the ATC) are truly what makes this race possible. They corral and organize us at the start. They hydrate, encourage and assist us along the way. They feed, clothe and celebrate us at the finish. They take time out of their holiday to help us accomplish our goal – a real labor of love!

As mentioned before, I began my tenure with the Peachtree as a volunteer at a water station just past mile four. My mom’s close friend Susan Montgomery, a Coke employee at the time, got us …

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Peachtree Swag Not Only in the Bag

In the run-up to the 1996 Olympics the AJC ran a story about the souvenirs sponsors showered on reporters covering the event. The headline: “Journalists like free stuff.”
I thought the love of free stuff was so fundamental that it was hardly newsworthy.
If you are one of the many fans of free stuff, then the AJC Peachtree Road Race is for you.
In the 21 years I’ve run on July 4th I’ve found there are three primary opportunities to snag swag – before, during and after.
I scored the kerchief in the photo prior to the1990 race by stopping by what was then Shallowford Hospital in Dunwoody. I lived nearby at the time. I also picked one up the next year. The 1991 version was my preferred one to carry on race day because it resembled an American flag, but I lost it during last year’s run.
SWAGI’ve never been to the Peachtree Health and Fitness Expo, which has long been held just before the race. As I explain here, I haven’t exactly been a model of fitness or health in years past and I …

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