Early on the morning of the Fourth of July, 55,000 runners will stampede along Peachtree Road in the 41st running of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race. From the young to the old and the professional to the novice, runners and walkers of all levels will brave the warm temperatures to say they were part of the world’s largest 10K race–and earn a T-shirt that proves it.
Beginning near Lenox Square Mall, the event kicks off with a 6:45 a.m. wheelchair race followed by the runners start at 7:30 a.m. More than 900 volunteers coordinate the start of the 6.2-mile run, which travels down Peachtree Road and finishes at Piedmont Park on 10th street with a park-side after party.
A recognized Atlanta tradition, the Peachtree Road Race is a historical event in the Peach State. Close to 92 percent of the participants are Georgians who anxiously await the release of race numbers each March. In 2010, the race sold out in less than five hours. For those that don’t garner a race number, they can join the 150,000 spectators that fight for a spot on the street to watch the rush of human bodies hustle by.
A few fun facts about this historical event:
– Close to 6 percent of the 2010 participants have run the Peachtree more than 20 times.
– 32 percent of participants in the 2010 AJC Peachtree Road Race will be running it for the first time ever.
– The 55,000 runners will burn 34 million calories running the 6.2 mile course.
– There will be more than 700 portable toilets rented to accommodate the runners this year.
– Participants in the 2010 event will represent 48 states and the District of Columbia.
One more….The race has reached global status with almost 4,000 runners participating in the overseas Peachtree editions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait.
[Photo courtesy of Mike Schinkel]