Bill Thorn keeps going with his 43rd AJC Peachtree

Bill Thorn plans to keep the beat going.

Thorn, the track and cross country coach at Landmark Christian School in Fairburn, said Tuesday morning that he’ll extend his AJC Peachtree Road Race streak to 43, keeping alive his status as the only person to run every Peachtree.

Thorn, 81, acknowledged that his streak may not stretch too far longer.

“It’s kind of getting down to the end, isn’t it?” Thorn said. “I don’t know how long, but just take it one year at a time. I know it’ll end one day.”

Thorn continues to maintain his daily exercise regimen, including running, stationary bike, walking and trampoline. He’ll run the Peachtree with his granddaughter Kenzie Thrasher.

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July 3rd, 2012
6:49 pm

Impressive, and here I thought running my 18th in a row was quite a feat.

David Lingerfelt

July 3rd, 2012
8:18 pm

Yep, he is an amazing coach and a great person as well. I sure hope there is a coach like him living in California 10 years from now to coach my son.


July 3rd, 2012
8:28 pm

He is such an awesome inspiration. Loved being a part of his teams. No other coach like Coach Thorn!

Diana Blondeau

July 3rd, 2012
8:56 pm

Inspiration to all he touches! Go for it, Coach Thorn.

Kurt McCord

July 3rd, 2012
9:16 pm

Coach Thorn, you’re a remarkable man. Thanks for teaching us all the importance of hard work and determination.

Evelyn Latham Lingerfelt

July 3rd, 2012
10:27 pm

Proud of Coach Thorn!

Jim Bennett

July 4th, 2012
6:39 pm

Coach Thorn was my track coach at Headland High School over 40 years ago and talked me, Robert Rohm, Rick Herceg and David Fisher into running the Peachtree in 1973! We all finished in the top 500…..there were not that many more runners back then! Thanks Coach!

Kristin Y

July 5th, 2012
8:22 am

Bill Thorn is an amazing coach. So thankful to have had the opportunity to run for him. Keep it up Coach Thorn!!!