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Planning for AJC Peachtree Road Race going 'full steam ahead' amid coronavirus

The Atlanta Track Club is planning with the understanding that things might not go as planned.

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Track Club is preparing for the 51st running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race, but this year the planning process has been different.

“Our staff is getting intimately familiar with Google Hangout,” Atlanta Track Club executive director Rich Kenah said.

There are roughly 35 people working to plan for the Peachtree, and all of them are now following the recommendations and guidelines the City of Atlanta has in place to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The Atlanta Track Club is planning full steam ahead with the understanding that things might not go as planned.

“There is nothing off of the table in our planning process for 2020,” Kenah said. “In these times of uncertainty, we have to plan for everything.”

Planning for everything includes the possible postponement or cancellation of the race.

In the previous 50 consecutive runnings of the Peachtree, there has never been a cancellation or postponement. The race has always taken place on the Fourth of July. 

This year, with health and safety on the minds of almost everybody, the most important thing is ensuring that everything is safe for the World’s Largest 10K race.

“Our mission is about health and fitness. We won’t have this event if there is any doubt about our ability to deliver it in a safe manner on July 4th.

11Alive is focusing our news coverage on the facts and not the fear around the virus.  We want to keep you informed about the latest developments while ensuring that we deliver confirmed, factual information. 

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