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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race to Host 2009 USA Men's 10K Championship

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02/18/2009 - 13:08

$30,000 national championship prize purse with $10,000 for national champion

Running USA Wire
ATLANTA - (February 16, 2009) - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race will once again host the USA Men's 10K Championship on Saturday, July 4, 2009. The AJC Peachtree Road Race last hosted the USA Men's 10K Championship in 2007 when Olympian Abdi Abdirahman of Tucson, Ariz. took home the U.S. title in 28 minutes, 11 seconds. The national championship is part of the USA Running Circuit (USARC), a USA Track & Field road series featuring USA Championships from one mile to the marathon.

"The USA Running Circuit does a great job showcasing and promoting U.S. running talent, and we are excited to host the top American men's distance runners this Fourth of July at the AJC Peachtree Road Race," commented Tracey Russell, Executive Director of the Atlanta Track Club.

The USA Men's 10K Championship features a $30,000 prize purse ($10,000 to the national champion) bringing the total Peachtree purse to more than $110,000. In addition, as part of the USARC, the first 10 U.S. runners earn points towards the final Grand Pix prize purse of $12,500 for the top three overall male and female GP point scorers.

"The AJC Peachtree Road Race has long been one of the nation's top road races, and USA Track & Field is extremely pleased that it will host our national 10K championships," said USATF CEO Doug Logan. "By partnering with one of the most popular and historic road races in the U.S., we are able to provide the highest level of competition to the elite athletes of the USA Running Circuit, while also connecting with the true base of our sport."

This year marks the 40th running of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race which takes place every year on the Fourth of July in Atlanta, Georgia. The AJC Peachtree Road Race, first held in 1970, is the nation's largest running event capping at 55,000 runners. The Atlanta summer tradition is perhaps most famous for the coveted Peachtree t-shirt, which is handed out to all the event finishers. For more information, visit: AtlantaTrackClub.org

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