Keep the AJC Peachtree shirt cotton. Thanks.

I have this friend who runs one race a year – the AJC Peachtree Road Race – and maybe a second one in the neighborhood. That doesn’t keep him from complaining about one certain aspect of the AJC Peachtree that causes me to refute him every time. It’s about the world famous t-shirts (see the finalists here and more here).

He wants the race to start giving out performance/moisture-wicking shirts after the race. I say no – keep them cotton. And I compliment the Atlanta Track Club for doing just that.

A cotton shirt can be worn, shown off really, around town without feeling weird in public. It can be worn to places other than a gym. It won’t quickly become just another one of those workout shirts. It remains a shirt to be worn to so many different places, not just on July 4.

Almost every other race in the city now gives out performance shirts. They pile up in a drawer, ready to be worn for a run, but no time else. After a while (running more than one race a year), you have too many. This year, I’ve gotten rid of plenty of performance shirts from races, but not one cotton shirt I’ve gotten from races of the years (good thing for me races in my old hometown didn’t stray from tradition and used to always give out cotton Ts). I even still have the cotton long-sleeve shirt from the 2000 Atlanta Half Marathon. I wear it, too. It and the 2001 are favorites.

Instead of complaining about the cotton, I always suggest running more races. That way you can build up your selection of performance shirts. And hopefully, the AJC Peachtree’s will remain not only cotton, but one of the most sought-after items in Atlanta.

Feel free to rip me here because other than myself, my brother and my dad, I figure most runners are like my friend and want a performance shirt. But I am interested to hear if anyone else is like us and enjoys cotton.

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Want a performance shirt too!

June 29th, 2012
6:21 am

I am in agreement with your friend. ATC provides a performance shirt for their Resolution Run and Women’s 5k that don’t look like your typical moisture wicking shirts. I use both shirts as everyday wear or on my runs.

Julie Sidhu

June 29th, 2012
7:20 am

Please keep the cotton shirt. Tech shirts vary in quality and so many races give them now. Keep the cotton and make Tech an option for an extra fee. I run many races and only wear the tech shirt from 2 of them. The others either have ridiculous designs on them, the fabric is not the quality of wicking that is optimal for distance running or the fabric just feels nasty against the skin.


June 29th, 2012
10:21 am

the tech shirt from the atlanta half/full marathon in march was very high quality material + design. they also made different cuts for men and women so the fit was great. i wear it 3-4x per month.

the peachtree shirt from last year? i dont even know where it is because the quality was not that great and the fit was terrible. the medium fits like a small.


June 29th, 2012
10:50 am

Cotton is great if the quality is good. As far as clothes go there isn’t much I can’t stand less than a itchy shirt. It’s why I’ve worn my shirt from 2010 maybe twice.


June 29th, 2012
11:59 am

I run multiple race each year and I agree, I have plenty of technical shirts. Keep the PRR shirt cotton!


June 29th, 2012
12:04 pm

I’d stay cotton, but unfortunately I will not be able to get one this year. I agree that technical shirts vary in quality and fit but cotton does as well. In fact 2011 was the only one I’ve worn over the past few years.The 2 years before fit me strange and/or were scratchy.


June 29th, 2012
1:01 pm

I prefer them to stay cotton. There is an annual 5k in my town every year, and the first 3 years I ran it, they gave cotton shirts. The 4th year I ran it they gave away a tech shirt. I still wear the cotton shirts every week, but rarely every wear the tech race shirt. I agree that the Peachtree shirt is one to be worn around, to be proud of. You can run in other races to get the workout shirts.


July 1st, 2012
11:21 am

For me, the Peachree Roadrace shirt is not “running gear” – it is “reward gear” for completing my training and living through the roadrace each year. I love the feel of cool quality cotton. The shirts I train in get abused – I don’t want to do that to my coveted Peachtree shirt! Keep it cotton!

It's a t-shirt people...

July 1st, 2012
9:56 pm

For real? As long as the design isn’t nearly as hideous last year’s, I’ll be ecstatic.


July 2nd, 2012
10:46 am

Long live natural fibers!

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Reid in EAV

July 3rd, 2012
10:02 am

Cotton shirts go into the drawer, tech shirts get worn and worn often. I usually work out 5-6 days a week. Every tech shirt tends to get used, and some even get worn outside of workouts. In fact, I am wearing my Publix Georgia Marathon shirt right now. So I’d be in favor of a switch from cotton. Last year’s Peachtree shirt was the worst. Bad design and all cotton. I don’t think I’ve worn it since.


July 3rd, 2012
10:02 am

This is my 9th time running the PRR and every year I keep wondering when are they going to start offering tech shirts.

The cotton shirts they give out are often not very good quality cotton and the sizing can vary greatly from year to year.

But here’s an option…why not offer both (cotton or technical)? It’s not hard to do. The Hollywood Half Marathon was a first year race in 2012 and they were able to swing it.

When we sign up for the race, we put down a size…why not have a check box for cotton or technical? Give people the option of paying a few bucks more (techs do typically cost more) to have a tech shirt. We have the option to pay for having our bibs shipped, so why not give the tens of thousand of people who would prefer a tech shirt the option of that. You could give them an extra ticket they have to turn in at the end of the race…or put a special mark on their bib that means they get a tech instead of a bib.

Or at the very least, why not offer the chance for people to order a tech version of the shirt after the race.

This way, everyone can get what they want.

It’s not difficult.


July 3rd, 2012
3:18 pm

The Peachtree shirt = overrated and often butt ugly. I think I’ve still got 1 or 2 out of the 8 I’ve earned.