Olympians to face off at the Atlanta July 4th tradition.
Elite runners from the US and around the world will toe the line on July 4th in Atlanta, Georgia for the 40th running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race. With a prize purse totaling over $110,000 up for grabs, sparks are sure to fly before the night’s fireworks are lit.
The race will host the 2009 USATF 10k road championship, and defending US champion Abdi Abdirahman will lead the field. Looking to stop the streaking Abdirahman will be James Carney and Ed Moran, both of whom finished within two seconds of Abdi in the 10,000m in Eugene last week. Two-time Olympian Anthony Famiglietti, Olympic marathoner Brian Sell and world championship team member Justin Young will also throw their hats in the ring.
While the men’s national championship will be a race within a race, a very strong international field will vie for the overall title. 2009 Kenyan national 10,000m champion Sammy Kitwara looks to be the favorite to break the tape, although Central Park 10k record holder Tadese Tola of Ethiopia certainly would not be a surprise winner.
The women’s field features significantly weaker international and domestic talent. The clear favorite is Lineth Chepkurui of Kenya, winner of the Cherry Blossom 10mi and Bloomsday 12k earlier this year.
Kitwara and Chepkurui are both eligible for the Professional Road Running Organization’s (PRRO) bonus of $35,000 if they win the final event in its series. Ridouane Harroufi of Morocco is also eligible and is listed in the men’s field. If an eligible man and woman win this final race in the series, the bonus will be split between the two. For more information on the PRRO series, check out its website” www.prro.org.
Fore More: Peachtree Road Race Website