ATLANTA — U.S. athletes will see a significant increase in prize money at the USA 10km Championships, the Atlanta Track Club and USATF announced today.
A total prize purse of $100,000 will be awarded exclusively to U.S. athletes, an increase of $40,000 from 2013. The winning U.S. male and female will now each earn $15,000.
“This is an exciting week for all of us at Atlanta Track Club. We launched our 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race lottery this past Saturday. By this Saturday, our field will be filled." said Atlanta Track Club Executive Director Rich Kenah. "And now we are announcing our intention to exclusively celebrate America's best here in Atlanta with an enhanced prize purse of $100,000. I can't think of a better way for an American Olympian or World Championship athlete to spend his or her 4th of July than to lead up to 60,000 people down Peachtree."
The AJC Peachtree Road Race plays host to the 10km Championships for men and women for the second consecutive year. Last year, the USA 10km Championships were won by Matt Tegenkamp of Portland, Ore. (28:25, sixth overall) and Janet Bawcom of Flagstaff, Ariz, and formerly of Rome, GA (32:45, eighth overall). It was the first time the AJC Peachtree Road Race hosted the USA Women’s 10km Championships, while the men also raced for the title in Atlanta in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
The 45th running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race will take place on Friday, July 4, 2014. Registration for the 2014 lottery began on Saturday, March 15 and will continue until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, March 22. The 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race is capped at 60,000 entrants, making it the world’s largest 10K.
The USA Men’s and Women’s 10K Championships are part of the USA Running Circuit (USARC), a USA Track & Field road series that strives to showcase, support and promote U.S. distance running. Since its inception in 1995, the USARC and its races have provided more than $7 million to U.S. distance runners.
Event registration can be found at www.ajc.com/peachtree
. Additional details about the event are available at www.peachtreeroadrace.org
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track & field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, the World's #1 Track & Field Team, the most-watched events at the Olympics, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport, and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States: www.usatf.org
About Atlanta Track Club
Atlanta Track Club is a nonprofit committed to creating an active and healthy Atlanta. Through running and walking, Atlanta Track Club motivates, inspires and engages the community to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. With more than 19,000 members, Atlanta Track Club is the second largest running organization in the United States. In addition to the AJC Peachtree Road Race (peachtreeroadrace.org
) – the largest 10K running event in the world, the Atlanta Marathon (atlantamarathon.org
), and the Atlanta Half Marathon and Thanksgiving Day 5K (atlantahalfmarathon.org
), Atlanta Track Club directs more than 30 events per year. Through the support of its members and volunteers, Atlanta Track Club also maintains a number of community initiatives including organizing and promoting the Kilometer Kids youth running program to metro Atlanta youth, honoring high school cross country and track and field athletes through Atlanta Track Club’s All-Metro Banquets and supporting the Grady Bicycle EMT program. For more information on Atlanta Track Club, visit atlantatrackclub.org
About the AJC Peachtree Road Race
The AJC Peachtree Road Race is a 10K event that takes place every Fourth of July in Atlanta, Georgia. The first Peachtree was held in 1970 and featured 110 runners. The AJC Peachtree Road Race is now the largest 10K running event in the world with 60,000 participants. The AJC Peachtree Road Race is perhaps most famous for the coveted AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt, which is handed out to all the event finishers. For more information on the AJC Peachtree Road Race visit peachtreeroadrace.org