Big U.S.-Only Prize At Peachtree Road Race

The Peachtree Road Race routinely sells out and is capped at 60,000 runners. Photo: www.shutterstock.com

The purse for the July 4th race increases to $100,000 for this year.

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American distance running got a big shot in the arm on Tuesday when the Atlanta Track Club revealed a whopping $100,000 prize purse for U.S. athletes at this summer’s 45th AJC Peachtree Road Race, America’s largest 10K. The July 4th race will host the USA 10K road running championships for the second consecutive year for both men and women.

The $100,000 purse is an increase of $40,000 from last year. The U.S. champions will receive $15,000 each, up from $10,000 last year.

“We’re proud that the best runners in America will again be celebrating July 4th in Atlanta,” said the Atlanta Track Club’s newly-appointed executive director Rich Kenah through a statement.

Peachtree, which had 55,830 finishers last year, has hosted the USA men’s 10K championships in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013, but last year was the first time it hosted the women’s championships. Olympians Matt Tegenkamp (28:25) and Janet Bawcom (32:45) were the USA champions.

While previous editions of the Peachtree Road Race where national championships were held still paid prize money to international athletes, this year’s will not. Kenah thinks concentrating completely on home-country athletes makes more sense for a national championship, especially given the depth of talent in American distance running right now. Twenty-four American men broke 29:00 for 10,000m on the track last year, according to the Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Twenty-one U.S. women broke 33:19.

“Playing host to both U.S. Championship races is an honor, and focusing our entire prize purse on U.S. athletes this year seems the ideal way to showcase them at the AJC Peachtree Road Race, the largest road race in the country.”

Registration for the Peachtree Road Race began March 15 and will continue until March 22. The race, which sells out every year, is capped at 60,000 entrants.

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