Peachtree Road Race Runs Again Despite Warm, Sticky Morning

The early summer heat and humidity struck before the runners hit the starting line, but even that double trouble couldn’t stop thousands from taking part in one of Atlanta’s most enduring holiday traditions.

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The 55th running of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Peachtree Road Race started without a hitch, with the wheelchair race leading off. Men’s wheelchair leader Daniel Romanchuk notched a record-setting seven victories today, finishing this year’s race with an unofficial time of 19:37. For the women’s wheelchair race, Susannah Scaroni won again this year with an unofficial time of 21:39. This is her third non-consecutive victory in this category.

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For the elite runners, 29-year-old Kenyan Sebastian Sawe won the men’s division with an unofficial time of 28:03. It’s his first victory in this race. Stacy Ndiura, also from Kenya, won in the women’s elite division with an unofficial time of 31:12. This is also her first win as a PTRR participant. The PTRR has not had a repeat winner in the elite division since Sammy Kitwara (2009, 2011) for the men, and Lineth Chepkurui (2009-2010) for the women.

The PTRR, sponsored by the Atlanta Track Club and the AJC, is the world’s largest 10k race, where a mix of tens of thousands of pro and amateur runners race, run, jog, or walk together from the front of Lenox Square Mall, down through Peachtree Road to Piedmont Park, where the finish line is located.

This year’s runners included Georgia U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock, and Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens.

Their reward, besides the sweat and feeling of accomplishment…that coveted T-shirt, this year designed by Nick Turbo Benson of Decatur, Georgia.

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Update: At 11:30 am, a “black flag” emergency was issued, ending the race due to extremely hot weather conditions.