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 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, brisk walking, stationary bike and trampoline.

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

11 comments Add your comment

RM

July 1st, 2011
9:26 am

That is awesome!

Sharron Bray Reeves

July 1st, 2011
12:00 pm

Congrats to you Coach Thorn from me and on behalf of my late husband Freddy Reeves, Headland High School class of 1968. He would be cheering for you all the way. This will be my 3rd Peachtree and I hope to keep on each year.

DenDen

July 1st, 2011
12:07 pm

He was our football team coach in the late sixties and early seventies at Headland High School in East Point and was my phys ed teacher. Go Coach Thorn!

Judy Brock Ramsey

July 1st, 2011
6:29 pm

This will be my 9th Peachtree. I graduated HHS in 1972. Hope to see you on the 4th. You are awesome.

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Thomas Akins

July 2nd, 2011
10:32 pm

Congrats, Coach Thorn. This will be by 26th, I figure if you can do it, I should be able to make it. I graduated in 1969 from HHS, and still remember our 8th grade health class and the 4 X 440’s we had to run for warm up at track practice! Since I am also in Tyrone, I sometimes see you out pounding the pavement.

Thomas Akins

July 2nd, 2011
10:35 pm

Sorry, “my 26th!”

Johnny Robinson

July 3rd, 2011
6:26 am

Congratulations, Coach Thorn.

Your achievment is very inspiring. I admire your dedication and persistence.

Peachtree John

July 3rd, 2011
10:36 am

Coach, you are an inspiration. That smile will come across your face and you will try to downplay the effort, but all the time knowing you are pleasing God with your determination. You have influenced many through coaching and through life. Carry on young man.

Chuck

July 3rd, 2011
12:03 pm

Class of 1986 at CHCS. He was our High School Football and Track coach. He is a wonderful coach and man. I learned many things about life through him. Good Luck Coach, Hope to see you at the finish line.

Sue Fogg Stanley

July 4th, 2011
6:42 pm

Way to go Coach Thorn!! You have been an inspiration to many!! I have cheered you on for years!! See you next year too!!