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Start Waves

Start wave assignments for the 2015 AJC Peachtree Road Race are performance based. All participants are encouraged to submit a finish time from a USATF Certified race (within the last two years) during registration.

Start waves will be assigned to participants based on the time submitted at registration. Participants will find out their start wave when they receive their number in the Start Wavesmail or race number confirmation email in mid-June.

View start times for each start wave from previous years below:

Start Wave Standards

2015 start wave standards will be posted by the end of April once all qualifying times have been verified and start wave assignments have been made.    Please check back here at that time. 

Ever since 2010, we have made our start waves performance based, using qualifying times submitted during registration.   The first few years, we used set guidelines for the standards and were able to post a chart ahead of time.  In the five years since this was introduced, we have had to revise and improve this process for the safety and enjoyment of all participants. 

Start wave standards are used as a guideline each year to determine wave placement and are based off the range of qualifying times that were submitted during registration. During the verification and assignment process, it may be necessary to adjust the standards from the previous year in order to accommodate the range of qualifying times and the physical space allotted to each wave. Once times are verified, start waves will be filled from the fastest to the slowest.   

Start Wave Placement Details

Below are rules and guidelines for the start wave assignments:

  • Participants wishing to be placed in the appropriate start wave will need to submit their finish time from the 2013 or 2014 Peachtree or any other USATF certified race - 10K, 5K, 5M/8K, 15K, 10M or 13.1M- at the time of registration. Times for top seed times must have been run on or after January 1, 2014.  Times for sub seed times as well as all other start waves must have been run on or after January 1, 2013. To check if your qualifying race is USATF certified, search here. If it is not certified, you will be randomly placed in one of the last start waves.
  • Participants need to provide the race name, date and net finish time (chip time) at the time of registration. Your name must match exactly what is listed in the race results or else your time will not be verified.
  • Participants who do not submit a time during registration will be randomly placed in one of the last start waves.
  • Times will not be accepted or changed after registration has been submitted.
  • The Atlanta Track Club will verify submitted times. If times cannot be verified or the time submitted is not from a USATF certified race, participants will be randomly placed in one of the last start waves.