2011 Peachtree Road Race Aims To Retake World's Largest 10K Record

Atlanta's premier July 4 tradition welcomed tens of thousands of runners.

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Peachtree Road Race 2011 Winners: Sammy Kitwara, Werknesh Kidane Top Finishers

Sammy Kitwara posted his second Peachtree Road Race victory, producing a 28:05 time that will go down just shy of his 2009 time (27:22), which was the second-best ever. Kitwara's win assures Kenya of placing at least one winner for the 17th time since 1992. Kitwara first started competing as a runner in 2007, and has now won 11 races around the world. His day job: police officer.

Ethiopian Werknesh Kidane took the women's race, topping the 2010 winner with a time of 31:22. That's good enough for a top-10 all-time placing. Kidane is a highly accomplished long-distance runner, earning medals in seven different world running championships from 2002 to 2005, including the world title at the 2003 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

Krige Schabort won the wheelchair race, finishing in 19:47. The South Africa native moved to Cedartown, Georgia in 1997, 10 years after losing both of his legs to a Russian bomb in Angola. Since then he's become an avid marathoner.

For more on the 2011 Peachtree Road Race, visit the official site and stay tuned to this StoryStream.


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Peachtree Road Race Records, History And Winners List

The Peachtree Road Race has been run in Atlanta every July 4 since 1970, becoming the world's largest 10K race late in its first decade. Kenya's Joseph Kimani, a two-time winner, has held the race's best time since 1996, when he scorched Atlanta's streets by running a 27:04. Lornah Kiplagat of Kenya holds the women's record: 30:32, set in 2002.

Scan the complete list of winners and you'll note Kenyans hold the top five men's times and four of the top five women's times. Ten of the last 11 years have seen a Kenyan produce either the men's or women's top time, with Kenya sweeping the event in 2009.

After a curious 2008, Kenya once again posted at least one winner in 2010, with Lineth Chepkurui winning her second-straight women's title by running a 30:51, the second-best women's time in Peachtree history. Ethiopia's Gebre Gebremariam won the men's event by turning in a time of 27:56, eighth-best ever.

Kiplagat and University of Georgia alum Gayle Barron share the record for most all-time victories, with five each.

Barron has been the biggest local celebrity in race history since dominating the event's early years and going on to be inducted into both the Georgia and Atlanta sports halls of fame. She was even named Waffle House's fitness expert, the highest possible honor for a Georgia athlete.

 

 

 

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Atlanta Weather For Peachtree Road Race: Hottest July 4 Since 2006

After a 2010 Independence Day that saw distasteful sub-90-degree highs in Atlanta, Monday's weather for the 2011 Peachtree Road Race will be more in line with more customary weather. The temperature at 6 am, or about 30 minutes before the wheelchair race begins, is expected to be 72 degrees with 84 percent humidity. 

The high for the day is expected to reach 92, making for the hottest Fourth of July since 2006's edition reached 93.9. Twice in the past four years temperatures have made it into the 90s. However, 2006 also provided runners with a little bit more of a breeze than Monday's race will -- expect very little wind this time around.

There's also a small chance of precipitation throughout the day, with chance of rain hovering between 30 and 50 percent during the course of the Peachtree Road Race itself. Nothing like a post-race thunderstorm, though, right?

For more on the 2011 Peachtree Road Race, visit the official site and stay tuned to this StoryStream.

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Peachtree Road Race 2011 Start Time, Course Map, Parking And Waves Schedule

Get ready for the 2011 Peachtree Road Race, Atlanta's premier annual sunburn gauntlet and one of the world's finest road races. The 2011 race will hopefully retake the title of World's Largest 10K from the Vancouver Sun Run, which stole the crown from 2008 through 2010. More than 60,000 are expected to run in Atlanta's race Monday.

With the wheelchair race beginning at 6:45 am and footrace waves starting at 7:30 am, expect to see a new winner crowned some time around 8 am. For a complete list of starting wave times, check this complete course and elevation map, from Peachtree and Lenox to Piedmont Park and including that mighty Mile 3 climb, and here's a map of various essentials near the starting area.

For the love of God, take MARTA instead of trying to park near the starting line, as 1.5 Georgia Tech football games worth of traffic will be in the area. Dump your car at the parking deck across the street from Midtown's Arts Center station, the city's best-kept transportation secret, which is just around the corner from the race's finish.

For more on the 2011 Peachtree Road Race, visit the official site and stay tuned to this StoryStream.

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Atlanta Weather For Peachtree Road Race: Hottest July 4 Since 2006

After a 2010 Independence Day that saw distasteful sub-90-degree highs in Atlanta, Monday's weather for the 2011 Peachtree Road Race will be more in line with more customary weather. The temperature at 6 am, or about 30 minutes before the wheelchair race begins, is expected to be 72 degrees with 84 percent humidity. 

The high for the day is expected to reach 92, making for the hottest Fourth of July since 2006's edition reached 93.9. Twice in the past four years temperatures have made it into the 90s. However, 2006 also provided runners with a little bit more of a breeze than Monday's race will -- expect very little wind this time around.

There's also a small chance of precipitation throughout the day, with chance of rain hovering between 30 and 50 percent during the course of the Peachtree Road Race itself. Nothing like a post-race thunderstorm, though, right?

For more on the 2011 Peachtree Road Race, visit the official site and stay tuned to this StoryStream.

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2011 Peachtree Road Race Registration Lottery Opens March 15

The 2011 Peachtree Road Race, Atlanta's premier (and the world's largest) 10k, will introduce a new registration system that will make it easier for later registrants to secure a place in the footrace. Saving the racing for the race itself, so to speak. A lottery system will be open from March 15 to March 24 at ajc.com/peachtree, allowing entrants to pay $33 for registration online. If not chosen, a prospective racer's card will not be charged.

Last year's 55,000 spots were booked within five hours -- more than a few interested racers likely found out about registration after it had already closed. In addition to the new lottery format, the field has also been expanded to 60,000.

The road race is scheduled to start on July 4 at 7:30 am, with the wheelchair race beginning at 6:45 am. The course will wind from Buckhead to Midtown and on to Piedmont Park.

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