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Doug Roberson, AJC and AJC.com
Joseph Kimani, who set the AJC Peachtree Road Race record (27 minutes 4 seconds) in 1996, died earlier this month. He was 40.
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.
By Ken Sugiura, email@example.com
One of the most integral elements of the AJC Peachtree Road Race spent Wednesday morning in a meeting in Indianapolis.
The Very Rev. Sam Candler, whose holy water blessings have cooled and delighted Peachtree runners since 1999, was not at his traditional post in front of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip in Buckhead because he was at his denomination’s national general convention.
It took four priests – Wallace Marsh, George Maxwell, Thee Smith and Carolynne Williams – to replace him.
When they realized the conflict, “we knew we were going to sub for him,” Marsh said. “We knew how much he wanted to be out here because everyone loves it.”
Candler began blessing runners in 1999, when the race happened to fall on a Sunday. Rather than object to the disruption, Candler chose to bring service out to the church’s lawn and began his tradition of tossing holy water and offering blessings upon runners, many of whom veer to the church’s side of
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 Fourth of July weather was hot, but not as hot as the Kenyans at the 43rd Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race on Wednesday.
Peter Kirui led a Kenyan sweep of the top three in the men’s race with a winning time of 27 minutes, 37 seconds, the fifth-fastest time in race history. Micah Kogo finished second (27:39) and Mathew Kisorio finished third (27:39). It was Kirui’s first Peachtree victory.
Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska won the women’s division, completing the 6.2-mile course in 32:22. It was also her first victory in the race. Kenya’s Lineth Chepkurui finished second (32:23) and yet another Kenyan, Risper Gesabwa, who trains in Marietta, finished third (32:23).
“The race was good,” Kirui, 24, said. “I’m happy to be the winner.”
Eight Kenyans finished in the top 10 of the men’s race, and three of the top 10 spots in the women’s race.
The Kenyan’s dominance, like the warm weather, wasn’t a surprise. What was a surprise was that neither the temperature nor the
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.
The AJC Peachtree Road Race will host the U.S. men’s and women’s 10k championships in 2013 and 2014. It will mark the first time the Peachtree has hosted the women’s event. It has hosted the men’s event in four of the past six years.
The professional portion of next year’s women’s race will start at 7:17 a.m. while the men’s field will start at 7:30 a.m.
The championships are part of the USA Running Circuit (USARC), a USA Track & Field road series. The addition of the championship will increase the Peachtree’s total prize purses by $30,000 for each gender.
– Doug Roberson
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