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Online registration for Peachtree Road Race set for March 21

January 28, 2010

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution website:

“Online registration for the 41st running of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race will open at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 21, the Atlanta Track Club announced Thursday.

Applicants for the July 4 race can register at ajc.com/peachtree. The traditional print application will run in the AJC on Sunday, March 28. This is the second year online registration will be available for the race.

As in 2009, the first 45,000 out of a total of 55,000 entries will be accepted through online registration, the track club said. Those unable to secure one of the first 45,000 entries, or who prefer mailing in their payment with a registration form, can fill out the paper application. The event’s remaining 10,000 slots will be selected at random from all paper applications received by mail and postmarked by April 5.

“Online registration allows event participants to instantly know that they will be a part of the AJC Peachtree Road Race,” said Tracey Russell, executive director of the ATC.

Several changes are being planned for the 2010 event. For the first time, start assignments will be performance-based instead of randomly assigned, and the number of start waves will nearly double, allowing for smaller waves and better distribution of participants. The track club is hoping these steps will help ease congestion at the start line and along the course.

Whether registering online or through the application in the AJC, entrants will have the option to submit their net finish time (“chip time”) from the 2009 race or any other race — 5K, 8K/5M, 10K, 15K, 10-mile or 13.1-mile distance — run on a USA Track and Field -certified course on or after March 1, 2008. A full listing of start group standards can be found at atlantatrackclub.org/peachtree.

Also new for 2010, the AJC Peachtree Road Race’s companion event, the Peachtree Health and Fitness Expo, will move to downtown Atlanta to AmericasMart on Spring Street. The expo features fitness gear and apparel, nutrition and multi-sport events. The event is free and open to the public on Friday, July 2 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 3 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.”

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