Wednesday, August 23, 2000
underway for Peachtree City Classic
Plans are underway by the Peachtree City Running Club for the 19th running of its Peachtree City Classic.
It is one of the most popular runs not only in Georgia, but in the Southeast as well. In fact, this year's 15K will serve once again as the Road Runner's Club of America's National Championship.
The Classic actually consists of three different races: a women's 5K, a men's 5K and the 15K open.
All races are run on separate TAC-certified courses. This year's Classic takes place Saturday, Oct. 14. All races will start and finish at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater in Peachtree City.
Race director Rich Horning is the master planner behind the scenes. He manages a myriad of people who are in turn responsible for a multitude of tasks and functions to ensure another successful event from start ot finish. The 5K races for men and women are open to the first 800 entrants in each category. The ever-popular 15K is open to the first 1,500 entrants. However, Horning urges everyone to get applications in as soon as possible, as it usually closes out early.
The 15K was voted the best 15K course in Georgia by Georgia Athlete Magazine. The courses are run mostly on paved golf cart paths that take the runners through the green belt areas, by lakes and ponds, through woods and small tunnels, across bridges and on scenic routes through the planned community of Peachtree City.
All finishers in the 15K open, 5K men's and 5K women's races will be presented with a black, long-sleeve, microfiber windjacket embroidered with the Classic 2000 logo. This unique jacket was designed to commemorate the year 2000 Classic race and will be given out instead of the usual screened sweatshirt.
Applications are available at some of the sponsors of the race: World Gym, Publix Supermarkets, Regions Bank and the Wyndham Peachtree Executive Conference Center. Runners can also register online at the running club web site, www.ptcrc.com.