Peachtree record holder passes away

Joseph Kimani, who set the AJC Peachtree Road Race record (27 minutes 4 seconds) in 1996, died earlier this month. He was 40.

Kimani, a native of Kenya, died of pneumonia on Nov. 1, according to

No one has come close to breaking Kimani’s record, which destroyed the previous record by 52 seconds. It remained the world’s fastest 10k time for six years.

Sammy Kitwara came closest to breaking his mark at the Peachtree, running the 10k course in 27:22 in 2009.

Kimani was buried in Eldoret, Kenya.

– Doug Roberson, AJC.

5 comments Add your comment

Smooth Operator

November 13th, 2012
4:00 pm

RIP…… that’s fast. 40 years old is too young to die.


November 13th, 2012
4:46 pm

Terrible to die so young. I once ran a completely flat 5k in a minute longer than that…


November 13th, 2012
5:05 pm

My personal record is 66min6sec. Not even close. RIP, sir.

native Atlantan

November 13th, 2012
5:08 pm

records are made to be broiken, death cannot be defeated, but 40 is too young. Kenya certainly isnt the healthiest place to live, many folks dont make it to 40.


November 13th, 2012
5:47 pm

Joseph was an amazing athlete. I recall being an “elite” local runner the year he set the record, lining up with he and others, then watching as they literally ran away from me, finishing 6 – 7 minutes ahead. Showed me what being “world class” really meant. RIP JK.