Gebremariam wins Peachtree Road Race

Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia won the 41st AJC Peachtree Road Race on Sunday, winning a sprint to the finish line of the 6.2-mile race through the streets of Atlanta. He beat Kenya’s Peter Kirui by a half-step in one of the closest finishes in the race’s history, winning in a time of 27 minutes, 56 seconds.

A pack of eight men was reduced to six as the runners stretched for the finish line coming down 10th street. The six were cut to two as the runners reached the corner of 10th and Charles Allen. Gebremariam was running just his second 10k street race.

Ed Moran was the top U.S. men’s finisher in 28:19.

“I had no idea where the Americans were around me in the last mile,” Moran said. “I was feeding off the great competition.”

Lineth Chepkurui, the defending champion, won the women’s race again in a time of 30:51, just a few seconds off the course record (30:32).

“I was feeling good,” Chepkurui said, who raced last week in Kenya. She said she got tired toward the end, or she may have set a personal best and course record.

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US Wizard

July 4th, 2010
7:13 am

What the Hell is going on? I woke up at 7:00 to watch the race and it was nowhere to be found. I finally got the newspaper, and also checked the TV programming–nothing. Could somebody tell me what is going on? There was absolutely no word regarding the race, including when it would be televised–nothing but an article re Craig Virgin. Shouldn’t complain, I guess. Haven’t liked the race for some years now, since it became international. But I had formed a ritual of watching it on TV, as I liked to watch the real people in the back of the pack. US Wizard

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Damon Evans

July 4th, 2010
7:22 am

I’m first across the line and I’m wearing nothing but red panties.


July 4th, 2010
7:31 am

Wow, you actually managed to leave out the winning time for the men. Yet, you managed to get in the time for the best-placed american. How objective of you.

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July 4th, 2010
8:37 am

this races belongs to Kenyans kudos both of you

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July 4th, 2010
9:20 am

How much did he/she win for a 1st place finish?


July 4th, 2010
9:20 am

Nineteen seconds is more than “just a few seconds off the course record.” In running, 19 seconds is eternity.


July 4th, 2010
9:25 am



July 4th, 2010
9:35 am

I ran it in 47:06.

Arthur Blank

July 4th, 2010
9:38 am

Bye Bye Damon Evans!!!

John McRae

July 4th, 2010
9:51 am

Great conditions this year. Happy to have set a personal best at the Peachtree in my last one for a while. The wife and I go where the Army takes us next year…

Happy Fourth!

Captain Crunch

July 4th, 2010
11:01 am

Fun race today. Though it would be nice to someday see an American win again, at least Moran was in the ballpark.

And thanks so much to the selfish idiotic woman who was in such a hurry to cut a few seconds off of her 1 hour and 25 minute finish time that she banged hard into my wife, sending her to the med tent. Stupid woman didn’t even stop or apologize.

Folks if you’re just jogging or walking most of the race, sprinting the last 100 meters to the finish is just foolhardy and dangerous to others. If you want to run at breakneck speed, get in shape, enter a regular 10k, and qualify for one of the faster timegroups. Otherwise, slow down and be respectful to the other 54,999 people in the race.


July 4th, 2010
11:06 am

He was lucky my shoes came untied: I was gonna catch them!


July 4th, 2010
11:25 am

Great conditions to race in today. Apparently it was a great finish but you would not have seen it on Fox 5 this year. The coverage by Fox 5 has been exceptional in years past but it was dismal this year (basically no coverage). I would encourage everyone to call/email Fox 5 and show your displeasure (404-875-5555)). I am also contacting the ATC to congratulate them on another great race and mention to them that Fox 5 needs to cover the race or the ATC needs to find another network.


July 4th, 2010
11:59 am

Congratulations to the organizers and volunteers for another great Peachtree. This was the best yet! Thank you all for your hard work, dedication, and support.