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A few numbers remain for AJC Peachtree Road Race

A few AJC Peachtree Road Race numbers are available to be purchased for $150 through the event’s official charity partners, Operation Homefront Georgia Inc. and Kilometer Kids.

For more information, go to peachtreeroadrace.org/event-information/charity-partners.

I’m working on a story about the newest safety measure (colored flags to let runners know conditions) that will be used at the AJC Peachtree Road Race this year.

I’m sure many of you have run in races all over the country and hoped you would share with me other safety measures you’ve either seen or read about that you appreciated.

Please email your comments to me at droberson@ajc.com.

Thanks, and have a great day.

Doug

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Peachtree and safety tips

I’m working on a story about the newest safety measure (colored flags to let runners know conditions) that will be used at the AJC Peachtree Road Race this year.

I’m sure many of you have run in races all over the country and hoped you would share with me other safety measures you’ve either seen or read about that you appreciated.

Please email your comments to me at droberson@ajc.com.

Thanks, and have a great day.

Doug

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Win a pair of AJC Peachtree Road Race numbers!

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Maybe you entered the AJC Peachtree Road Race lottery and came up empty. Maybe you’ve finally gotten your running regiment on track and want to make the run your first race of the summer. No matter the reason, you want AJC Peachtree Road Race numbers — and we’ve got ‘em.

To enter, leave a comment below. You can share a running story, words of wisdom for other runners or how you’ll celebrate if you win the numbers. You must use your real e-mail address (which won’t show up on the blog). A winner will be chosen at random at noon today. The winner will be notified via e-mail. Only one entry per person.

The winner will be randomly selected at noon today and will be notified via e-mail. We’ll send full details to the winner, who will need to submit their registration information to the Atlanta Track Club by 5 p.m. today.

So lace up your shoes, go for a run and keep your fingers crossed! Good luck!

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AJC Peachtree Jr. winning T-shirt design selected

The winning design

The winning design

Kara Stanley, a 12-year-old from Woodstock, was named the winner of the AJC Peachtree Jr. T-shirt design contest.

The 26th running of the 3K will take place at Piedmont Park at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Stanley’s design was chosen from the top five entries selected by the Atlanta Track Club.

She is a student at Chapman Intermediate School who has participated in the AJC Peachtree Jr. since she was in the third grade.

She hopes to run her first AJC Peachtree Road Race next year.

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Stand up for better running

Take that meeting standing up, gentlemen!/AP photo

Take that meeting standing up, gentlemen!/AP photo

There are plenty of jobs that require standing up and even moving around the majority of the day. But if you’re not lucky enough to be a dogcatcher, fitness instructor or landscaper, chances are you’re spending the majority of the day sitting.

There are days when I literally have to peel myself from my desk chair because I’ve been sitting so long. In the back of my head, I know it’s probably not the best thing to be sedentary for so long, but like gorging on tortilla chips at Mexican restaurants and having that fourth beer, I try not to think about it too much.

It got harder not to think about it after reading an interview with Gretchen Reynolds, the Phys Ed columnist for the New York Times and author of the book “The First 20 Minutes.” She says sitting for long periods of time is pretty much the worst thing you can do for your body, and recommends standing up for two minutes every 20 minutes to combat accumulations of fat in …

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A little bit of inspiration

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Kathrine Switzer was nearly thrown out of the Boston Marathon in 1967. / AP photos

Whether you’re a race newbie or a running veteran, we can probably all use a little running inspiration as we enter the fever pitch of training season.

I got some last week in the form of this story from NPR about Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to successfully run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry. She was nearly pushed off the course by a race official in 1967, five years before women were officially allowed to run in the race, but still managed to finish in four hours and 20 minutes.

Switzer continued to be an advocate for women after her marathon finish, becoming instrumental in the fight to make the marathon an Olympic event for women.

The PRR has allowed women to run since its inception in 1970, but it’s inspiring to think about the women who paved the way for equality in the sport overall.

Who is your running inspiration? Is there someone that keeps you going when you think you’ve …

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Waging a war with water

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A soon-to-be new best friend?

You know those people who always seem to be chugging from their Nalgene bottles, espousing the benefits of drinking 9,000 gallons of water a day? I am not one of those people.

I wish I was. I really do. I just really don’t like drinking water. I make sure to get every last drop out of my coffee mugs, but when it comes to plain old agua, I have to force myself to drink even four of the eight recommended glasses a day.

As you can imagine, this aversion to water poses quite a problem for a runner, especially when the temperature rises. I try to give myself pep talks about how much easier my runs are when I’m hydrated, but it’s still a struggle. Sports drinks help somewhat, but I find many to be dehydrating.

I know it sounds like an odd problem, but I also know I’m not the only one — there are plenty of articles online about learning to love the taste of water (there are some good tips here and here).

I’m making it my goal to drink more water this …

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Barefoot in the park?

To me, the idea of running barefoot is like reading the “Twilight” series as an adult. I guess I understand why some people do it, but it definitely isn’t for me.

To justify the idea of pounding the pavement with unshod feet, barefoot runners point to studies supporting the idea that their natural running form is is compromised by the constraints of padding. But all I can think of every time I think I come close to trying the barefoot thing is that I like my feet clean and rusty nail-free.

It was nice, then, to read this recent New York Times blog post making the case for running shoes. The piece references a study wherein 12 men with extensive barefoot running experience were asked to run in both lightweight running shoes and in socked feet with small weights attached to the tops of their feet, equaling the weight of the shoes.

The study concluded that when barefoot runners and runners with shoes carried the same weight on their feet, barefoot running used almost 4 percent …

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AJC Peachtree Road Race lottery closes soon

The lottery entry system for the AJC Peachtree Road Race will close at 11:59 p.m. Thursday.

Go to http://www.ajc.com/sports/peachtree-road-race/ to register.

Winning entrants will be notified March 26 by email.

Winning entrants can pick up their numbers on July 2 or July 3 at the Peachtree Health and Fitness Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center, or they can pay $7.50 to have it mailed.

Those wishing to run in  a group of as many as 10 people may select “Group” when they enter the lottery. If their group is selected, each participant will be slotted into the appropriate start wave based upon their submitted finished time.

Atlanta Track Club members will receive guaranteed entry opportunity into the race as long as their memberships are current as of Feb. 1. “Streakers,” those who have participated in at least 10 AJC Peachtree Road Races, will receive special consideration if they aren’t selected in the lottery.

The registration fee is $35.

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Peachtree Road Race names two charity partners

Operation Homefront Georgia and Kilometer Kids were named today as the official charity partners for the AJC Peachtree Road Race. This is the first year that the Atlanta Track Club, which organizes the July 4 race, has named charity partners.

Operation Homefront, based in East Cobb, provides emergency assistance to military families and wounded veterans in Georgia.

Kilometer Kids, an Atlanta Track Club group, is an incentive-based youth running program. It was started in 2007 and now helps more than 2,800 kids from 53 schools in at-risk neighborhoods in Atlanta.

The money raised through the AJC Peachtree Road Race, the world’s largest 10K, will benefit both charities.

Those interested in raising money for the charities, or a charity of their choice, can do so through the online site CrowdRise.com, according to the Atlanta Track Club.

Charities interested in raising funds  through the AJC Peachtree Road Race should email Peachtree@CrowdRise.com by March 15 with this …

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