WHAT: Overseas AJC Peachtree Road Race Remote Starts
Hours before runners in Atlanta head to the start line at Lenox Square Mall to take part in the 42nd running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race, US military personal in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait will participate in the overseas editions of the Peachtree. Since 2004, the Atlanta Track Club has helped Coalition Forces stage their own version of the big event at different military bases throughout the Middle East. Four of the overseas races will be started remotely from the Peachtree start line in Atlanta, GA on the evening of July 3.
WHEN: Sunday, July 3, 2011
9:00 p.m. EDT – Jalalabad, Afghanistan Race Start (5:30 a.m. July 4 in Afghanistan)
9:00 p.m. EDT – FOB Geronimo, Nawa, Helmand Province, Afghanistan Race Start (5:30 a.m. July 4 in Afghanistan)
10:00 p.m. EDT – Camp Arifjan, Kuwait Race Start (5:00 a.m. July 4 in Kuwait)
WHERE: AJC Peachtree Road Race Start Line
Peachtree Road in front of entrance to Lenox Square Mall
HIGHLIGHTS: Major General William Johnson, organizer of the first overseas AJC Peachtree Road Race in Kuwait in 2005, and Tracey Russell, Race Director for the AJC Peachtree Road Race, will be conducting the ceremonial starts for the overseas editions of the Peachtree at the official start line in Atlanta, GA. All of the remote starts will be conducted via cell phone to each base at the designated times.
A total of four overseas races will take place on July 4 in the Middle East (July 3 in Atlanta). Each organizer of the overseas AJC Peachtree Road Races receives an official Peachtree start banner along with numbers for all the runners, and in the same tradition as the Atlanta event, all finishers will receive the coveted Peachtree T-shirt.