AJC Peachtree Road Race: By the numbers


Am I the only one who can’t believe it’s almost July 4 already? It snuck up on me this year. The next few days are about one or two more good runs, stretching, eating right and sleeping well. And then lacing up those shoes Monday morning and soaking it all in.

Here are some fun facts to ponder as we head into the final stretch from the Atlanta Track Club’s Tumblr:

  • The first Peachtree was in 1970, with 150 runners (though only 110 would finish). There were no T-shirts, no water stops, no food and no post-race entertainment. The entry fee was $2.
  • 26 percent of participants in the 2011 AJC Peachtree Road Race will be running it for the first time ever.
  • The coolest starting temperature on race day was 62 degrees in 1986 and 1989. The warmest was 80 degrees in 1970, ’73, ’77, ‘80, ’83 and ’91.
  • Participants in the 2011 event will represent 48 states and the District of Columbia.  The only two states not represented are South Dakota and Nevada. See a map of the breakdown here.
  • Three women participated in the first Peachtree in 1970. Today, close to half of the participants are women.
  • The PRR Expo has more than 100 different exhibits, including gear and apparel, gift items, races and food items.
  • A medical team of more than 150 people will be at the race.
  • This year’s 60,000 participants will burn 36 million calories running the course.
  • What does it take to produce a successful race? It takes:

–250 tables
–250 cases — that’s 600,000 — cups
–200 trash cans
–110 hoses
–50 rolls of duct tape
–40 rakes
–12 pairs of pliers
–17 pallets — that’s 42,500 — peaches.

Phew! There’s some food for thought. Who else is getting excited? I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend and an excellent run on Monday. Thanks for reading…see you there!

13 comments Add your comment


June 30th, 2011
7:30 pm

Woohoo! TX represents!!


June 30th, 2011
8:07 pm

First timer and can’t wait!

Gen Neyland

June 30th, 2011
8:22 pm

First timers : I hope the experience of running with 59,999 like minds is one you’ll recall fondly. May you find another piece to your personal puzzle along the way, and thank a Volunteer or two…Good luck to all and have a good time.


June 30th, 2011
9:27 pm

This will be # 31 for me. Looking forward to it like it’s my first! Good luck to all.

Paul C.

June 30th, 2011
10:25 pm

I am originally from Las Vegas so in a way Nevada is represented.


June 30th, 2011
11:22 pm

First time. Wave X but super excited…recently discovered the power of running.

Oreo Racers

July 1st, 2011
12:20 am

Shout out to the Medical Team!!


July 1st, 2011
11:51 am

Looking forwards to my first PRR. Was surprised to be placed in the R Wave. One of the Doctor’s I work for. He and his fanmily are starting in the W Wave. I’m sure,I will see them, blast, right, by me.


July 1st, 2011
3:28 pm

my first run even though i was born and raised in Decatur! the last year and a half i’ve been working on my health and July 4th this race will be a goal met. plan on walking/running and just enjoying all that this huge race has to offer. to be a part of this day and event in my home town will be awesome.
see ya on the road!


July 2nd, 2011
1:46 pm

Congratulations to my favorite runners–Melissa (running for the first time–following in the footsteps of her Daddy who ran about 10 of the early races), Jill (2nd time runner), and Lauren and Derrick. Have a great run. See you at the finish line!

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Gary W.

July 3rd, 2011
3:01 pm

First PRR race on Monday…can’t wait. In the E wave, but I have never ran 6.2 miles, so I will get run over by a few runners. No worries…my wife will be watching, so I am motivated to finish!!!

George washington

July 4th, 2011
7:31 am

Special shout out to the dunkin donuts officer that was instumental in keeping line jumpers out of the race. His rapid assessment of the alphabet is highly commendable.

Dunkin donut krullers are calling you name Officer Marta dude!