Celebrate your July 4th at the 46th AJC Peachtree Road Race! With the scenic city course, spirited participants and spectators, and coveted finisher’s shirt it’s an Atlanta tradition you don’t want to miss. Register by March 22nd at AJC.com/peachtree for your chance to participate.
Can’t decide if you want to run or walk Peachtree? Here are the Top 7 reasons that you should:
1. It’s an Atlanta July 4th Tradition
The AJC Peachtree Road Race started in 1970 with only 110 finishers. Over the last 46 years, it has grown to its current 60,000 participants. As the popularity and numbers have grown, it has become a tradition for many in Atlanta and beyond. In 2014, over 25% of participants had run 10 or more times, and many can’t imagine celebrating July 4th any other way!
2. It’s the world’s largest 10K
With 60,000 participants, the AJC Peachtree Road Race is the world’s largest 10K (6.2 miles) and the country’s largest road race. In 2014, participants came from 130 Georgia counties, 48 states, and 13 countries.
3. All abilities and experience levels are welcome!
The AJC Peachtree Road Race is open to everyone ages 10 and older, regardless of their running ability or prior race experience. Many participants have never completed a road race before! Whether you walk, run, or do a little of both, it’s a great way to get active and enjoy your July 4th with 60,000 of your Atlanta neighbors.
4. Starting under the American Flag at Lenox
The AJC Peachtree Road Race features one of the most iconic start lines, as participants being their 10K by running under a giant American flag near Lenox Mall. It’s a reminder of why we celebrate July 4th and a great
5. A scenic city course down Peachtree Road
Participants begin at Lenox Mall and run or walk south on Peachtree before turning left onto 10th Street and finishing at Piedmont Park. You’ll run through the skyscrapers of Buckhead and Midtown and pass many Atlanta landmarks on the way.
6. The great spectators
On a sunny day, you can expect over 200,000 people to line Peachtree Street to cheer on the runners and walkers and take part in the July 4th celebration. Music, costumes, encouraging signs, and high fives motivate everyone to the finish line.
7. The coveted finisher’s shirt
The AJC Peachtree Road Race is unique in that only people who finish the race receive the event shirt. It’s a badge of honor worn proudly for years to come. The shirt design is chosen by public vote, and the winner kept secret until finishers begin arriving in Piedmont Park on July 4th.