Published Saturday, September 08, 2012
From Staff Reports
The 32nd annual Peachtree City Classic is set for Oct. 20.
Race Director George Martin coordinates and manages a small army of volunteers to prepare for the annual Peachtree City event that is the signature event of the local running club. They are already reaping the benefits, as the race has already reached more than 1,000 registrants, the fastest this figure has been reached in the history of the race.
“Procrastinators may be locked out when we hit our cut-offs, especially on the women’s 5K,” said Martin. “Last year we almost maxed out on participation in the women’s 5K.”
At least one of the 5K races will close out this year given the fact that registration is already over 20 percent ahead of this time last year, he said. The races will take place Oct. 20 along the scenic golf cart paths of Peachtree City.
It is one of the most popular runs not only in Georgia, but in the Southeast, Martin notes. The race is unique in its use of paved cart paths for the race. This scenic race is run mostly on the paths through the greenbelt areas, by lakes, through small tunnels, in the planned community of Peachtree City. The 15K was voted the best 15K course in Georgia by Georgia Athlete Magazine and always a sellout. The 15K race is the RRCA State Championship again this year.
The Classic actually consists of three different races: a women’s 5K, a men’s 5K, and the 15K open. All races are run on separate TAC-certified courses, and start and finish at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater. The 5K races for men and women are open to the first 800 entrants in each category. The popular 15K is open to the first 1,500 entrants. All finishers in the different races will receive a special commemorative edition technical shirt to mark the 32nd year of this Classic event.
Applications are available at various locations in Peachtree City, Newnan, and Fayetteville, including local recreation departments, libraries, and sporting goods stores. Applications are also available at Ultimate Fitness, T&G All Sports, Smith and Davis, Play It Again Sports, and World Gym.
You can also register online at www.ptcrc.com and anyone with further questions about the race may e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .