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AJC Peachtree Road Race

Thursday July 4th, 2019
Atlanta, GA
Distance: 10K

The AJC Peachtree Road Race, organized by the Atlanta Track Club, is the largest 10K in the world. In its 48th running, the AJC Peachtree Road Race has become a Fourth of July tradition for thousands of people throughout the metro Atlanta area and beyond. Come kick off your Fourth of July festivities with us!

If you did not get accepted in the AJC Peachtree Road Race lottery or are looking to participate still, you may register for a Kilometer Kids Charity Race Number, benefiting Atlanta Track Club's Kilometer Kids youth running program.

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Race Date: 07/04/2018 Distance: 10k
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 28:45 Bernard Lagat 43 Tucson, AZ
2nd Male 28:48 Haron Lagat 34 Colorado Springs
3rd Male 28:49 Tyler Penner 30 Blowing Rock, NC
4th Male 28:56 Sam Chelanga 33 Colorado Springs
Female 32:21 Stephanie Bruce 34 Flagstaff, AZ
2nd Female 32:29 Aliphine Tuliamuk 29 Flagstaff, AZ
3rd Female 32:41 Sara Hall 35 Flagstaff, AZ
4th Female 32:52 Allie Kieffer 30 Boulder, CO
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 28:45 Bernard Lagat 43 Tucson, AZ
F 40-49 35:51 Molly Watcke 47 New Bremen, OH
AJC Peachtree Road Race

Korir won the 48th annual AJC Peachtree Road Race Elite Men’s Division with a time of 28:16. He barely edged his training partner, Shadrack Kipchirchir (28:17), who he flipped spots with throughout the race.

“You know, you feel that pain for all those miles, and to be able to win it at the end, it’s rewarding,” Korir, a Kenya native, said.

His 28:16 mark is the best at the Peachtree since Mosinet Garemew posted 28:07 in 2013.

Sam Chelanga, who trains with the other two, finished third at 28:25. The top three were all from Colorado Springs, Colo.

The 30-year-old Korir was the 2017 USA Cross Country champ, USA 15K champ and USA Half Marathon champ. He is also a two-time NCAA champion.

He now has a win in his AJC Peachtree Road Race debut. The Peachtree is Korir’s fourth USA title of the year and sixth major victory.

Korir called it the biggest challenge of his career: “the toughest race in my entire life.”

He added that he almost ran out of energy. Korir dropped to the ground to stretch out cramps just after finishing. Based in Colorado, Korir was more accustomed to dueling the altitude than humidity.

“It’s so hard to run here,” he said. “… All day it was, you know what, I’ve got to be patient. If it’s my day today, I’m going to win again. Just hang in there, push, give everything and see what happens.”

The heat was especially bad Tuesday, with the Atlanta Track Club issuing a red-flag warning the day before for extreme conditions.

But Korir said he stayed patient through his exhaustion — drinking plenty of water — and it paid off.

“I was done,” Korir said, smiling, after the race. “… I’m glad I was able to win. It was my day.”

Korir graduated from Iona College in New York in 2012 with a degree in political science. He joined the army in 2015, and became an American citizen at the end of that year. He participated in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, finishing 14th on the 10,000-meter team.

Korir came close to his personal-best time (28:09). Kipchirchir (28:12) and Chelanga (28:11) fell shy of their marks. The Peachtree record is 27:04, set by Joseph Kimani in 1996.

Kipchirchir, 28, was a 2016 Olympian and placed 21st in the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. Chelanga, 32, finished 11th in the same event (best among Americans) and holds the NCAA record in the 10,000-meter at 27:08.49.

The 2017 AJC Peachtree Road Race prize purse of $70,000 was awarded to American runners, with the top male and female earning $10,000.

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