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They ran Thursday’s The Atlanta Journal Constitution Peachtree Road Race for Boston.

They ran to defy Mother Nature, who was supposed to bring a monsoon to our annual celebration of patriotism and exhaustion.

On Thursday, more than 55,700 competitors — not many of the 60,000 who registered stayed home because of the expected rain or the fear of the terrorist events that defiled the Boston Marathon — ran a mostly peaceful Peachtree under the watchful eyes of hundreds of law-enforcement officials, dozens of security cameras and a few off-the-mark weathermen.



Another triumph in career of Cherobon-Bawcom

Janet Cherobon-Bawcom lined up Thursday morning with a lot in common with the rank and file of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race.

She has volunteered at the Peachtree. She has run all kinds of local road races, from the Charles Harris Run for Leukemia in Tucker to the Run the Reagan Half Marathon in Gwinnett County. The difference is that Cherobon-Bawcom, now living in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Mud becomes the biggest worry for runners

The biggest issue for most runners Thursday morning was the mud on their shoes at the end of an otherwise smooth AJC Peachtree Road Race at Piedmont Park.

Threats of rain may have thinned the spectator ranks a bit, but there were still several thousands along the route to cheer on the 60,000 runners. By the time several tens of thousands of feet had passed through the chute at the end of the race, those at the end were slogging rather than sprinting.

The final finishers and other scenes from race


In a first, this year’s The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race was commemorated with a black T-shirt.

The five finalists all looked better on a black background, so that color was chosen by the Atlanta Track Club. The winning design, put together by Justin Dunbar and unveiled Thursday, was chosen later.

The design features the Atlanta skyline in blue on top, with the words “AJC Peachtree” and “road race” in white in the middle, and “July 4, 2013” in red on the bottom.

Boston Marathon felt at Peachtree Road Race

Amid the sea of ponchos and costumes at the 44th annual The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race on Thursday were people wearing “Boston Strong.”

Laurie Burnham wore a Boston Strong shirt as she made her way to the start line. She went to college in Boston and considers that place her first home.

“The events were traumatic,” Burnham said.

Geremew wins men's race; Chepkurui is top woman

Mosinet Geremew of Ethiopia won the 44th Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race on Thursday.

Competing in drizzly conditions, Geremew finished the 6.2-mile course in 28:04. Lineth Chepkurui of Kenya won the women’s division in 32:07.

Check out our minute-by-minute updates from the race

The race hadn’t been run in the rain since 1994.

Tim Singleton, 76: Started Peachtree Road Race

Tim Singleton, the man who started Atlanta event, dies

Tim Singleton, the founder of the Peachtree Road Race, died Wednesday. He was 76.

Singleton, who coached cross country at Georgia State University in the ‘60s, came up with the idea for the race after trekking to a July Fourth race at Fort Benning for two years.

“I figured that half of the 300 runners came from Atlanta anyway, so why go all the way down there when we can have our own race here,” he said, during a 2003 interview with The Atlanta Journal Constitution.


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