No serious health issues at AJC Peachtree Road Race

The combination of milder temperatures and cautious runners contributed to no serious medical incidents during today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road race, according to Dr. Joe Wilson, the event’s medical director.

He said there were fewer heat-related illnesses this year than in past year’s and no serious cardiac-related issues. Two runners were transported to local hospitals, one for a cardiac irregularity and one for a chest pain, neither of which Wilson said were felt to be serious.

Runners said the humidity, not the heat, was the biggest challenge. But most agree that conditions weren’t as bad as they could have been.

Start-time temperature at 7:30 a.m.  for the men’s race at Lenox Mall was 71 degrees with 85-percent humidity, similar to last year’s 73-degree start. The temperature climbed to 75 degrees with 80-percent humidity at the finish line at Piedmont Park at 9 a.m.

“It wasn’t bad, the  temperature was good,” said Johnny Buice, 58, a member of the Douglas County Fire Department who ran the race in his outfit. “I don’t know what the humidity is, it feels less … but coming off what we’ve had, those 106s, this is great.”

Atlanta Track Club organizers alerted runners earlier this week to the possibility of high temperatures at the start of the race. Some racers worried that last night’s rain would lead to high humidity during the race. But many said it felt warmer at the start than at the finish.

“There were some breezes, but it really wasn’t bad, especially considering how it it has been,” Atlanta’s Melinda McGuire said. She was competing in her sixth Peachtree.

To assist the runners, the ATC instituted a color-coded flag system this year to symbolize the changing conditions on the course. The colors of the flags, which were placed throughout the route, ranged from green (conditions are good) to black (extreme and dangerous conditions; the race has stopped). Race director Tracey Russell said on Monday that the race would start under yellow (exercise caution). A red flag, third in the ladder, symbolizes potentially dangerous conditions. Conditions went from yellow to red at 9:20 a.m.

Participants said the flag system was helpful.

“I would have liked to have seen an American flag, but the flag system was helpful,” said Andrew Stanforth, who ran the race dressed as “Uncle Sam.” He was competing in either his 236th Peachtree, or his ninth, depending upon if Sam or Andrew answered.

Peter Kirui, the  men’s winner, said conditions were good at the start of the race, but started to warm up 20 minutes in.

“There were some breezes, but it really wasn’t bad, especially considering how it it has been,” Atlanta’s Melinda McGuire said. She was competing in her sixth Peachtree.

38 comments Add your comment

Jeff

July 4th, 2012
10:57 am

Just ran with the E wave and it was a fairly comfortable race…some nice breezes made things easier…and seeing the Fur Bus dancers around the final curve gave me the motivation for a kick finish…

Jeff

July 4th, 2012
10:58 am

WattyFu

July 4th, 2012
11:59 am

I give Marta an F
They were horrible running trains only on a Holiday schedule.
Come on this is one of the biggest events in Atlanta all year!

PRR Vet

July 4th, 2012
12:09 pm

I’ll give ATC a A for the race and an F for making me drive to the GWCC on a Monday to pick up my bibs! What a load of cr@p to have to pay $7.50 to have an envelope with my address already on it to me mailed to me.

Mary Chestnut

July 4th, 2012
12:19 pm

In what possible way did colored flags help anybody? Andrew, are you a moron?

DS

July 4th, 2012
12:38 pm

PRR, your complaining about the 7.50 is a bunch of bs. If you consider the time, gas, and parking costs for driving to the World Congress Center to pickup the bib versus the convenience of mail, then what’s the complaint? The standard daily rate at GWCC is $10.00 alone.

Jeff

July 4th, 2012
12:40 pm

wow, I guess running 6.2 miles made everyone cranky! Many many thanks to all those volunteers especially the ones handing out water (with a smile :-)

TDub

July 4th, 2012
12:50 pm

Very well run race, thanks to organizers and volunteers – but walkers, please, please remember to stay to the right next time. Everyone has a right to enjoy the race, but when you walk on the left you’re making it hard on the runners. Thanks!

TK

July 4th, 2012
12:55 pm

PRR VET…Take MARTA….Oh wait, you’re frighteened by MARTA, and only venture inside the perimeter a few times a year. Let me guess its when your boss give you Braves tickets, a table to see Chicago at Chastain, and Jersey Boys at the Fox. There was a 5K in Woodstock this morning that would have been right up your alley – plenty of SUV’s with a Fish on the back or a Fair Tax Sticker.

Doug

July 4th, 2012
12:56 pm

Again I get to the start lien and say, what tha heck am I doing here about to run a 10K and somehow do it under 1 hour! This is an awesome fun and race. If you miss any part of it either as arunner or spectartor, you miss a lot! I made a comment to others how amazing it was how organized this come off every year. I am impressed.

Great FUN and Loved the cheering for us runners. Thanks Atlanta Track Club, Thank you.

Greg Kaiser

July 4th, 2012
12:56 pm

Great race, great day. I appreciate all of the volunteers who made it happen, and all those who just cheered on the runners.

My only request to the organizers would be to heavily emphasize the run on the left/walk on the right rule. I was astounded at how many people seemed ignorant of that today.

BennySnake

July 4th, 2012
12:58 pm

PRR: It’s worth the $7.50. Hell, I would have paid $20 for the privilege of avoiding the expo.
TDub: Also, the runners need to stay to the left and not run around the walkers. I saw an older lady get knocked down today.

And who is the genius that decided to give out sample packets of coffee? A few steps after them there were enough on the ground..you’d think it was a water stop!

X Complainer

July 4th, 2012
12:59 pm

Those that complain about walkers walking on the right side, I agree but do as I do, GO AROUND THEM…It works.

Cyberspiff

July 4th, 2012
1:05 pm

Another Peachtree done and gone. Time was about the same as last year, but I made it a point to stop at the Sheperd Center to shake the hand and wish a Happy 4th to each of the patients who came out to cheer us on. My run time is meaningless in the face of their bravery.

Maria

July 4th, 2012
1:33 pm

Great weather. Marta did well. Liked being part of this big race. (And I will echo complaints about walkers on the left side – come on, if you can’t tell “left” from “right”, should you be in a race? grr. Well, I was at least proud to be a runner.) The sprinklers and tramp-stamp-for-free-beer and beer samples and McDonald’s samples were cool. Watchers and volunteers were fun.

Motocross Survivor

July 4th, 2012
1:48 pm

I’m a former competitive runner who has run several Ptrees, but someone please give me a breakdown of just where all the money collected for this race goes…

BigTimeTechFan

July 4th, 2012
2:35 pm

Great race, was fun, thanks for all the volunteers and the crowd.
I agree, the walkers need to listen and stay right. That only issue I saw, It was fun

DawgNole

July 4th, 2012
3:20 pm

X Complainer
July 4th, 2012
12:59 pm

Those that complain about walkers walking on the right side, I agree but do as I do, GO AROUND THEM…It works.
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No one’s complaining about “walkers walking on the right side,” dimwit. It’s walkers walking on the LEFT side. Just like drivers who sit their oblivious azzes in the passing lane and block traffic. Ignorant, arrogant, self-absorbed, inconsiderate.

Gwinnett PRR

July 4th, 2012
4:10 pm

I echo walkers needing to stay to the right! One or two isn’t a big deal but when you see walkers stretched 10-15 across the road that is a problem.

Glad2Run

July 4th, 2012
4:28 pm

The race was great. Temp was much better than last year. There were no walkers in the early waves to speak of. The spectators were great. I especially loved the sprinkling of holy water at “Jesus junction”. There was lots of food & drink at the end. Blue Bell ice cream rocks. Despite the long walk back to Marta, the train was there in 2 minutes. I hope to be back next year.

DonRunner

July 4th, 2012
4:42 pm

Is there anyone else out there that didn’t get their results posted in the formal tally? I ran it in 51:31, wore my bib with the strips on each side as I was instructed, but I am NOT listed. This happen to anyone else?

marta

July 4th, 2012
9:05 pm

PLEASE signs to marta stations really need to be provided.

Long time PPR runner

July 4th, 2012
9:49 pm

My time wasn’t posted either. Turns out the Chronotrack B-Tag (bib) doesn’t always register on the tracking devices. The D-Tag (shoe) we had in previous years is more reliable. You can read this online from other races.

At least I have my shirt.

DonRunner

July 5th, 2012
6:58 am

Yeah, I got my shirt, too… but I needed my BEST TIME in 18 years of running the Peachtree posted! Any idea how to resolve this? Just saying “oh well, sometimes it doesn’t work” doesn’t seem adequate to me!

GX

July 5th, 2012
7:36 am

For those who had problems with the B-Tag, did you test it at the expo? It wasn’t well marked, but there was a testing area somewhere past the exit. I walked over it carrying my race packet, and the chip registered just fine.

My biggest complaint again was MARTA. I waited 5-10 minutes for the first train to arrive, and it was already dangerously overcrowded. I skipped it thinking the next one would arrive shortly and have some openings, but it ended up taking quite some time for the next train, and it too was jam packed. I ended up pressed against a door the entire ride, but at least I made it. A lady with a toddler in a stroller had to skip both of those trains because there was absolutely no way for her to get in one of those jam packed cars.

DawginIt

July 5th, 2012
8:02 am

I had a pretty good race and enjoyed myself. No major issues but I will add my disappointment with the walkers on the left side. It’s fine if an entrant in the race has to walk. Please walk if you are ever in danger or didn’t train as you had planned or any of those health concern. BUT if you do have to walk please realize that others have trained and put a lot of effort in their Peachtree experience. Be considerate enough to help others enjoy their race day as well.

DawginIt

July 5th, 2012
8:09 am

Oh and almost forgot! Delta – TOP NOTCH on the ice cold towels at the end of the race. Other than my tshirt and bottle of water, absolutely my FAVORITE giveaway at the race! THANK YOU DELTA!!

CS

July 5th, 2012
8:41 am

I agree with the rants regarding the walkers. I’m not a fast runner, but once I get to a comfortable pace I like to keep it. I was hoping to improve my time this year. Dodging walkers on the left took more energy and time (seconds count). Other than that I had a great time!

JoJo

July 5th, 2012
9:00 am

BIG SHOUT OUT to the volunteers, you guys are ROCK STARS!!!

Great race, well organized from start to finish.

Atlanta Native

July 5th, 2012
10:28 am

Great race. Two complaints: 1) Totally inconvenient times to p/u race numbers. Days and times need to be extended to include at least a Saturday or Sunday, and start earlier and/or last later into the evening. Opening at 10am and then ending at 7pm seriously cut into the work day. And if I hadn’t picked up my daughter’s number for her, (she couldn’t get off work) and we both went, it would have cost $10 for MARTA, only saving us a total of $4.00 over having it mailed to us both, not even including my lost hours of work. 2) Making runners walk more than a mile AFTER the race to get to the MARTA station. It was hot, it was mostly uphill, our legs ached… yet to help us out they could easily have supplied shuttle buses along Monroe Drive to take us all to the Arts Center or Midtown station. Our trudging crowd joked we should call that post-race walk “Peachtree Two” and we should receive special MARTA T-shirts upon arrival.

15thPeachtreer

July 5th, 2012
12:55 pm

Great job to all, just one small comment. Need a sign at the main entrance Lennox (in front of the stores) directing runners. For the last 14 years I have done a run before the Peachtree and showed up at this location 15 minutes before start time. This year they directed me away from that location unless I had a 3-diget number causing me to get in my corral late. Lots of fun as usual great job to all.

PRR 2

July 5th, 2012
1:11 pm

To those runner’s. STAY TO THE RIGHT.One MORON RUNNER. Hit me hard,as they ran by. She didn’t have any MANOR’S AT ALL. To say, excuse me or I’m sorry.This MORON, just kept on going and looked back at me. When I said EXCUSE YOU, 2 TIMES.

Tanisha

July 5th, 2012
1:52 pm

Dan Runner, my time wasn’t posted either, After reading a PPR blog on Facebook, it appears that this happened to quite a few people. I would be quite upset if this was my personal best or if it was my first peachtree.

Tanisha

July 5th, 2012
1:53 pm

Make that PRR blog. :)

Steve

July 5th, 2012
6:45 pm

Dan Runner and Tanisha: My time wasn’t posted either and I did check it upon leaving the Expo. That’s a lot of hard training and expense to be treated as if you never even ran the race. I’m hoping the ATC will try to make it right but I’m not holding my breath. There were other issues too (as there always will be) but they were all tolerable. Timing tags that don’t work never will be.

Harinder

July 5th, 2012
6:55 pm

It was an amazing and wonderful experience ……AJC and organizers did wonderful job……the spirit of volunteers…….the cheers of smiling crowd……free service of water, fruit, gifts etc.kept the momentum & morale so high that that every one including young,old & children either in the race or outside, won this race so gracefully ….hearts of different cultures & religions touched others hearts so beautifully……….. finally HUMAN RACE WON………….million thanks to everyone ….. ………

Red

July 5th, 2012
10:49 pm

Great event – organization, volunteers, police, mailed packets, water, spectators, sponsors;

Could be better – more MARTA trains before & after, walkers on right. water sprays on HALF of road; less volume on music (esp @ finish)

After about 12 runs, I left town for 10 years. Great to be back.
Great tradition !!

Anotherrunnerinthenight

July 5th, 2012
10:58 pm

Great job by the ATC, volunteers, Atlanta police and everyone else involved. The “parade route” was fantastic as always. I really appreciated the live music along the route, the holy water blessing at St. Phillips Cathedral, the refreshments offered up by friendly volunteers and spectators, etc. A great day! Thanks to all! See you next year.