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Runners test the AJC Peachtree Road Race course

12:29 PM, Jun 23, 2012   |    comments
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  • Runners test the course to prepare for the AJC Peachtree Road Race on July 4.
  • Runners test the course to prepare for the AJC Peachtree Road Race on July 4.
  • Runners test the course to prepare for the AJC Peachtree Road Race on July 4.
    

ATLANTA -- With 11 days to go, Saturday was a milestone for hundreds of runners training for the AJC Peachtree Road Race.

They took part in what they called a "pre-Peachtree" run to test out the hills and the heat.

"I'm struggling because it's a little humid for me," said runner Chuck Moreland. "But we're getting through it, and it feels pretty good so far."

The Atlanta Track Club organized this official test run and encouraged runners to get up early to cover the entire 6.2 mile course from Phipps to Piedmont Park.

As many as 300 runners with the In-Training for Peachtree Program presented by Publix took part.

Race veterans also ran the course. 

"I'm ready. I've been training for awhile now," said runner Michael Cash. "It's hot and humid, but that's Georgia. It's pretty much the same every year."

Last year was one of the warmest races on record.

It was the biggest, too, with 60,000 people packing Peachtree.

"Last year, I was sick, and I ran it anyway because I didn't want to break my streak," said runner Laura Scholz, who's preparing for her 11th race. "I think what they're doing today is a good idea for people to come out and run the course at the same time of day to get adjusted to the temperature."

Afterall, hot and humid have become part of the tradition.

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