The AJC Peachtree Road Race returns to tradition – WABE

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race organizers say this year the legendary 10k race is returning to its beloved traditions.

The race was canceled in 2020 and changed to a two-day format with a virtual option last year, but this year up to 50,000 runners are expected to participate in person.

Atlanta Track Club Race Director and CEO Rich Kenah joined Morning Edition to talk about the changes that have taken place this year and what’s new.

Kenah said he was “excited and grateful to the City of Atlanta for helping us bring this tradition back to the community in its fifty-third edition.”

This year there will still be a virtual option available and organizers say up to 5,000 runners from around the world will participate this way.

Participants also benefited from a longer period to register this year because Kenah says people aren’t planning as far ahead due to the uncertainty brought on by COVID-19.

But this year, the Peachtree will once again be a one-day event on July 4, with a flyover, entertainment along the course and the coveted finisher jersey.

Last year, the in-person portion of the event spanned two days and the design and color of the shirt had to be revealed ahead of time, spoiling the surprise for some.

Richard “Rich” Kenah, CEO of Atlanta Track Club and Director of Peachtree Road Race (Photo credit: Joaquin Lara)

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