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 cases — that’s 600,000 — cups
–200 trash cans
–50 rolls of duct tape
–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!