The Peachtree Road Race — still the world’s largest 10K

41 looks good on you, Peachtree Road Race. Perhaps it’s all of that work you’ve had done recently.

Many of you may received the communication piece sent by the Atlanta Track Club last week explaining a few of the changes to the race, including a new entry process, a group option, and an enlarged field.

5,000. That’s how many extra runners will be allowed in the 2011 Peachtree Road Race this July 4th, bringing the field of entrants from 55,000 to 60,000 — the first increase in 13 years. If you’ve ever run the Peachtree RR, you know how crowded it can be. Most years, I feel the crowd the most in the first three miles, but after heart attack hill, things seem to thin out a bit. Not last year. I felt crowded the entire race — more walkers on the left, more crazy pushing from people you don’t feel behind you, more wax cups, and less room! Increasing the field is only going to make things worse. We’ll see how it goes, though.

According to the AJC, the  Atlanta Track Club’s biggest motive was its competition — The Bolder Boulder, a Memorial Day race which has apparently challenged the PRR’s status as the world’s largest 10K. Look out! Road Race envy? Would would have thought?

Listen, Peachtree, you are — and always will be — the greatest, most beautiful, most American 10K race to me. Screw the nay-sayers. See you in 6 months.

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