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AJC Peachtree T-shirt designs accepted until Feb. 28

Organizers of the AJC Peachtree Road Race will accept submissions for the T-shirt contest until Feb. 28. For more information on how to enter, go to www.peachtreeroadrace.org/event-information/t-shirt-contest.

The five finalists, selected by judges from the Atlanta Track Club, the AJC and local graphic artists, will be revealed on www.ajc.com/peachtree on March 15.

The public has until April 30 to vote on their favorite design. The winning design will be unveiled on the Fourth of July, race day.

“The unveiling of the T-shirt design at the finish of the AJC Peachtree Road Race has become a cherished tradition at the Fourth of July event, and it’s always wonderful to be able to showcase the work of talented artists through the AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest,” said Tracey Russell, Executive Director of the Atlanta Track Club, said in a statement. “The contest also provides a fun way for event participants and Peachtree fans to have a say in what’s …

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AJC Peachtree Road Race lottery opens Thursday

Lottery registration for the 43rd AJC Peachtree Road Race will open at 7 a.m. Thursday and will stay open until 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 22. The 10k race, which features 60,000 runners, will be run on the Fourth of July. Go to http://www.ajc.com/sports/peachtree-road-race/ to register.

Entrants for the race will be randomly selected after the lottery closes. Entrants will receive an email by March 26 with the results. A searchable database will also be on www.peachtreeroadrace.org and www.ajc.com/peachtree on March 26.

Entry is $35 plus processing fees.  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 …

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PRR rewarded for “Green” initiatives

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race has been awarded “Green” certification by the Council for Responsible Sport.

The event is the largest race to achieve the status, which measures the environmental impact of an event in six categories: waste, climate, materials and equipment, community and outreach, health promotion, and innovation.

To achieve certification, the 2011 AJC Peachtree Road Race increased its total recycled waste from 22,802 pounds in 2010 to 41,873 pounds. That effort included collecting all water cups along the course and gathering approximately 12,000 timing tags after the race. Leftover food was distributed at local shelters. The increase in recycled materials brought the weight of trash per participant sent to the landfill to 0.52 pounds, down from 0.61 pounds per participant in 2010.

The Atlanta Track Club, the race’s organizing body, also paired with GreenSneakers to collect close to 900 pairs of running shoes to be given to low-income …

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Video: Recapping 2011 AJC PRR

AJC’s Doug Roberson recaps this year’s AJC Peachtree Road Race

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Peachtree Road Race results now live

The AJC Peachtree Road Race results are now live and searchable. Click here to search by name, bib number, age group and hometown.

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Heat taking toll at Peachtree Road Race

They came to Atlanta from 48 states and Washington D.C. to push themselves to exhaustion in temperatures better suited for sitting under a shade tree than lacing up running shoes.

They didn’t suffer alone. More than 60,000 new friends suffered too.

They came to run in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race, the world’s largest 10k race. Unlike last year’s cool 62-degree 7:30 a.m. starting-time temperatures,  this year’s temperatures were around 74 degrees with sock-soaking humidity.

Click here to search the 2011 AJC Peachtree Roadrace results.

“There’s no way it was 74 degrees,” U.S. runner Ed Moran said.

How hot was it?

It was so hot even the winner forgot about the $25,000 in prize money for a short time. “It’s just too hot,” Kenya’s Sammy Kitwara said. He took $15,000 as the first-place finisher and a $10,000 bonus in the Professional Road Running Organization circuit.

Kitwara and countryman Mathew Kisorio ran shoulder to shoulder for most of the last three …

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The winning Peachtree T-shirt

Frank Martinez of Atlanta wears his T-shirt after finishing the AJC Peachtree Road Race. Jessica Ferguson's design was selected as the winner. -- Jason Getz

Frank Martinez of Atlanta wears his T-shirt after finishing the AJC Peachtree Road Race. Jessica Ferguson's design was selected as the winner. — Jason Getz

Jessica Ferguson

Occupation: A student at West Georgia scheduled to graduate in December.

Residence: Carrollton (from Kennesaw)

Age: 22

Number of Peachtrees entered: None.

Number of Peachtree contests previously entered: None.

What was the goal of your design? When I created it, I wasn’t trying to win. I wanted to create something that I’m proud of. My concentration of painting and drawing, I used those skills. I was trying to do something that was different. My teacher, when he gave us the assignment, we looked at past. They always included the peach or the skyline. My teacher told us we didn’t need peach.

What was your inspiration? I love to paint. Clint Samples, my teacher, said you should try to use stuff other than computer graphics. I started with a palette knife and used acrylic paint. I scanned …

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Kitwara wins Peachtree Road Race

Sammy Kitwara of Kenya won the 42nd Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race on Monday, winning the 6.2-mile run through the streets of Atlanta. He beat countryman Mathew Kisorio in a sprint to the finish, winning in a time of 28 minutes, 5 seconds.

Kitwara, 24, won the Peachtree in 2009 in 27:22. He finished eighth last year.

Werknesh Kidane of Ethiopia won the women’s race in 31:22. Alice Timbilili, last year’s winner, finished second.

Ben True was the top U.S. men’s finisher in his first appearance in the event.  Adriana Nelson topped the U.S. women.

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Follow the Peachtree on twitter @ajcprr

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Schabort takes AJC PRR wheelchair race

Krige Schabort of Cedartown won the wheelchair division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race on Monday, winning the 6.2-mile push through the streets of Atlanta. He finished in 19:47.

He passed Mexico’s Aaron Gordian between the 2- and 3-mile marker near the Shepherd Center. The two drafted each other before Schabort began pulling away for his fourth win in the event.

His first win occurred before the first of his three children were born. He said he’s happy now that he has a win for each of them.

Read more about him here: http://bit.ly/iu0gDI

Gordian finished second and Josh George finished third.

“I never thought I was winning it until I was coming down the hill,” Schabort said. “To win for the fourth time is amazing.”

Tatyana McFadden defended her title in the women’s division, followed by Keira-Lyn Frie and Amanda McGrory.

“Peachtree is like a sprint of a marathon,” McFadden said. “It’s shorter, but it’s harder because the course is fast, but hilly. …

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Having run every Peachtree, Bill Thorn keeps coming back

The one constant of the AJC Peachtree Road Race will, for another inspiring year, remain the same. Bill Thorn said Thursday he planned to run in his 42nd Peachtree, extending his streak as the only runner to have participated in every Peachtree.
“I will be, Lord willing,” Thorn said by phone from his home in Tyrone.

Thorn, the track and cross country coach at Landmark Christian School in Fairburn, will run with his daughter Cheryl Thrasher and granddaughter Kenzie Thrasher. He expects to run the whole way and have a time in the range of 70-80 minutes. Thorn, who will turn 81 in September, has no plans to stop his streak. He exercises seven days a week, a regimen that includes strength and ab work, running, briskwalking, stationary bike and trampoline.

“I just continue to keep doing that,” Thorn said. “That’s why I can do the [Peachtree].”

By Ken Sugiura

The one constant of the AJC Peachtree Road Race will, for another inspiring year, remain the same. Bill Thorn said Thursday …

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