ATLANTA - March 19, 2014 - For the second consecutive year, the AJC Peachtree Road Race will host the USA 10K Championships for both men and women, Atlanta Track Club 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.
"�We"�re proud that the best runners in America will again be celebrating July 4th in Atlanta,' said Rich Kenah, executive director of Atlanta Track Club. "�Playing host to both U.S. Championship races is an honor, and focusing our entire prize purse on U.S. athletes this year seems the ideal way to showcase them at the AJC Peachtree Road Race, the largest road race in the country.'
Founded in 1964, Atlanta Track Club is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year and is looking forward to motivating runners for years to come. In an effort to forge ties to the community that will inspire the next generation of runners, select U.S. Olympic and World Championships athletes who compete in the AJC Peachtree Road Race will visit and work with schoolchildren year-round in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area, focusing on participants in Atlanta Track Club's Kilometer Kids program.
Last year, the USA 10K Championships were won by Matt Tegenkamp of Portland, OR (28:25, sixth overall) and Janet Bawcom of Flagstaff, AZ, and formerly of Rome, GA (32:45, eighth overall). It was the first time the AJC Peachtree Road Race hosted the USA Women"�s 10K 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.
Event registration can be found at www.ajc.com/peachtree
. Additional details about the event are available at www.peachtreeroadrace.org