Archive for July, 2011

So…how’d it go?

ajcpeachtree.0705JGHappy post-PRR day! Hope everyone had a great Fourth of July and a great run. After all the build up to the main event, it’s kind of hard to believe it’s over. As a Peachtree Road Race newbie, I’m happy to say I had such a good experience that I’m already looking forward to next year’s race. I was impressed at how well-organized everything was and had an awesome time people watching — and of course celebrating post-race with a giant brunch. Here are some of my highlights — and just a couple of lowlights — from yesterday:

THE GOOD:

The flag: Seeing the giant American flag hanging from the crane at the starting line was an inspiring way to start the race.
The costumes: There were the expected red, white and blue get-ups, which were nice, but I loved the unexpected — the group of guys dressed as bald eagles, the girls in nude body suits and neon wigs who made me do a double take, the runners in head-to-toe colored spandex suits. It was a fun way to distract myself when I was …

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Video: Recapping 2011 AJC PRR

AJC’s Doug Roberson recaps this year’s AJC Peachtree Road Race

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Peachtree Road Race results now live

The AJC Peachtree Road Race results are now live and searchable. Click here to search by name, bib number, age group and hometown.

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Heat taking toll at Peachtree Road Race

They came to Atlanta from 48 states and Washington D.C. to push themselves to exhaustion in temperatures better suited for sitting under a shade tree than lacing up running shoes.

They didn’t suffer alone. More than 60,000 new friends suffered too.

They came to run in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race, the world’s largest 10k race. Unlike last year’s cool 62-degree 7:30 a.m. starting-time temperatures,  this year’s temperatures were around 74 degrees with sock-soaking humidity.

Click here to search the 2011 AJC Peachtree Roadrace results.

“There’s no way it was 74 degrees,” U.S. runner Ed Moran said.

How hot was it?

It was so hot even the winner forgot about the $25,000 in prize money for a short time. “It’s just too hot,” Kenya’s Sammy Kitwara said. He took $15,000 as the first-place finisher and a $10,000 bonus in the Professional Road Running Organization circuit.

Kitwara and countryman Mathew Kisorio ran shoulder to shoulder for most of the last three …

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The winning Peachtree T-shirt

Frank Martinez of Atlanta wears his T-shirt after finishing the AJC Peachtree Road Race. Jessica Ferguson's design was selected as the winner. -- Jason Getz

Frank Martinez of Atlanta wears his T-shirt after finishing the AJC Peachtree Road Race. Jessica Ferguson's design was selected as the winner. — Jason Getz

Jessica Ferguson

Occupation: A student at West Georgia scheduled to graduate in December.

Residence: Carrollton (from Kennesaw)

Age: 22

Number of Peachtrees entered: None.

Number of Peachtree contests previously entered: None.

What was the goal of your design? When I created it, I wasn’t trying to win. I wanted to create something that I’m proud of. My concentration of painting and drawing, I used those skills. I was trying to do something that was different. My teacher, when he gave us the assignment, we looked at past. They always included the peach or the skyline. My teacher told us we didn’t need peach.

What was your inspiration? I love to paint. Clint Samples, my teacher, said you should try to use stuff other than computer graphics. I started with a palette knife and used acrylic paint. I scanned …

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Kitwara wins Peachtree Road Race

Sammy Kitwara of Kenya won the 42nd Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race on Monday, winning the 6.2-mile run through the streets of Atlanta. He beat countryman Mathew Kisorio in a sprint to the finish, winning in a time of 28 minutes, 5 seconds.

Kitwara, 24, won the Peachtree in 2009 in 27:22. He finished eighth last year.

Werknesh Kidane of Ethiopia won the women’s race in 31:22. Alice Timbilili, last year’s winner, finished second.

Ben True was the top U.S. men’s finisher in his first appearance in the event.  Adriana Nelson topped the U.S. women.

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Follow the Peachtree on twitter @ajcprr

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Schabort takes AJC PRR wheelchair race

Krige Schabort of Cedartown won the wheelchair division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race on Monday, winning the 6.2-mile push through the streets of Atlanta. He finished in 19:47.

He passed Mexico’s Aaron Gordian between the 2- and 3-mile marker near the Shepherd Center. The two drafted each other before Schabort began pulling away for his fourth win in the event.

His first win occurred before the first of his three children were born. He said he’s happy now that he has a win for each of them.

Read more about him here: http://bit.ly/iu0gDI

Gordian finished second and Josh George finished third.

“I never thought I was winning it until I was coming down the hill,” Schabort said. “To win for the fourth time is amazing.”

Tatyana McFadden defended her title in the women’s division, followed by Keira-Lyn Frie and Amanda McGrory.

“Peachtree is like a sprint of a marathon,” McFadden said. “It’s shorter, but it’s harder because the course is fast, but hilly. …

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The AJC Peachtree Road Race is almost here

The final 1.5 miles of training have been completed. With one final lap around the lake at Murphy Candler Park this morning, I’m as trained as I’ll be for this year’s AJC Peachtree Road Race. All that’s between me and the race is a weekend of work, rest and a solid weekend of sports on TV (Wimbledon finals, Tour de France start, NASCAR race at Daytona, Braves, etc.). No more running until 7:45 a.m. Monday morning. What about for you out there? What are the weekend plans (expo, anyone) and how are you feeling a little more than 48 hours from the start – less than 48 hours for those running the race overseas?

To get you ready, there is plenty of stuff online here at ajc.com and over at the track club’s website plus there is the expo Saturday and Sunday at AmericasMart in downtown. One thing about the expo: for those that believe they were placed in the wrong start wave, there will be a Race Solutions area with Peachtree staffers that may be able to help. Take your …

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Having run every Peachtree, Bill Thorn keeps coming back

The one constant of the AJC Peachtree Road Race will, for another inspiring year, remain the same. Bill Thorn said Thursday he planned to run in his 42nd Peachtree, extending his streak as the only runner to have participated in every Peachtree.
“I will be, Lord willing,” Thorn said by phone from his home in Tyrone.

Thorn, the track and cross country coach at Landmark Christian School in Fairburn, will run with his daughter Cheryl Thrasher and granddaughter Kenzie Thrasher. He expects to run the whole way and have a time in the range of 70-80 minutes. Thorn, who will turn 81 in September, has no plans to stop his streak. He exercises seven days a week, a regimen that includes strength and ab work, running, briskwalking, stationary bike and trampoline.

“I just continue to keep doing that,” Thorn said. “That’s why I can do the [Peachtree].”

By Ken Sugiura

The one constant of the AJC Peachtree Road Race will, for another inspiring year, remain the same. Bill Thorn said Thursday …

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