I have heard the AJC Peachtree Road Race is North America’s largest 10k road race; however, I am a native Atlantan and have heard other claims such as the most Waffle Houses per person in North America or that we produce more peaches than South Carolina. At any rate, the name of the race has been the same for 40 years…well, until they added the AJC part to the beginning. Runners from around the world come to America, on the day of America’s independence, to Atlanta, GA so they can run on PEACHtree St for 6.2 miles to compete for the title of AJC Peachtree Road Race winner…and some prize money.
Since the race has gained so popularity, it has become difficult for participants to obtain a race entry. In recent years, participants had to buy an Atlanta Journal Constitution Sunday paper to get the race entry form, fill it out that day, and get it in the mail the very next day in order to have chance to run on July 4th. This year the AJC Peachtree Road Race has moved into the 21st century and are allowing entries to be submitted over the Internet! On March 15 at 7:00 am runners can go to www.ajc.com/peachtree and register for the race online. On Sunday, March 22nd the normal race entry forms will be placed in the AJC. 45,ooo participants will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis over the Internet and 10,000 from the mail in registration.
The online version will accept credit cards for your convenience. If you have a race time to submit for seeding you may submit that information online during registration and the Peachtree Road Race staff will verify its validity. You know I’ll be doing that.
For more information go to http://www.atlantatrackclub.org/peachtree.htm and remember to get up at 7:00 am on March 15th and register for the AJC Peachtree Road Race!