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.