Archive for February, 2011

Think you can win the lottery?

If you missed the announcement in January that big changes are coming to the AJC Peachtree Road Race registration process, maybe it’s because you were busy shoveling snow off your sidewalk, or scraping ice off your windshield.
In January, while people across the country coped with Snowpocalypse, road race organizers announced that the field will expand in 2011 from 55,000 to 60,000. And the longstanding practice of first-come-first-served allocation of the vast majority of running bibs will be replaced by an online lottery held over 10 days in March.
Let’s just say applause for the lottery was not deafening. It’s always tricky tampering with an event that so many people have a personal investment in. Based on the AJC Peachtree Road Race Facebook item about the changes, about 73 commenters wish there was such a thing as a “dislike” button.
Some said the old ways rewarded people who took the initiative to register early, either online or – way back in olden times – getting a …

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AJC Peachtree Road Race qualifiers

Want to start near the front of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race? Here’s how.

Run a race on a certified course – 5K, 10K, 5 mile, 15K, 10 mile or half marathon – before registering (March 15-24) and use your time to qualify for a start wave. The quicker your qualifying time, the closer to the front you start.

Below is a list of upcoming runs on certified courses, and results from these events can be used when registering for the AJC Peachtree. You also can use your time from either of the past two AJC Peachtrees or any other certified race coming on or after Jan. 1, 2009.

For more information on registering, check the Atlanta Track Club’s website and go here for start wave information. Here is a list of times needed for each wave.

Please let us know of any other qualifying runs.

Feb. 19: Run the Regan 5K, 10K and Half Marathon (all qualifiers), Snellville,

Feb. 19: Taste 10K, Athens,

Feb. 20: Locomotive Thunder 5K, …

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