ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Track Club announced Friday afternoon that executive director Tracey Russell was stepping down to take over as CEO of the Asics LA Marathon.

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Russell has spent the past six years as executive director of the Atlanta Track Club.

A statement from the track club praised her tenure with the club and her work with the club's signature event, the AJC Peachtree Road Race.

She has done a wonderful job at building a strong organization with an amazing and talented staff. Tracy has continued the Atlanta Track Club's history of supporting the Atlanta community while building respect across the nation. We are very proud of her and are happy with the opportunity she has been given to move forward with her career and manage another terrific event in Los Angeles.

Russell has agreed to remain with the Track Club through this year's running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race. The club says they will be forming a search committee to find a replacement for Russell.

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