Race is now part of trifecta


Peachtree City Classic Race Director George Martin announced that this year’s event will be the second in a series of three USA Track and Field races in Georgia as part of the Long Distance and Masters Running Competitions.
The first is the Iron Horse Express 5K which takes place Sept. 15 in Kennesaw. The second is the PTC Classic 15K Oct. 19 and the final event is the Dalton Red Carpet Half Marathon October 26.

Cash prizes ranging from $25 to $300 are awarded to the top five male and female in the open and masters (40+) categories in each event.
George says, “We are excited to be part of this trio of high profile races and believe it will only add prestige and credibility to our aptly named ‘Classic’ race. Details are available at the GA USATF web site at www.usatfga.org

The PTC 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, and start and finish at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater. The 5K races for men and women are open to the first 800 entrants in each category. The popular 15K is open to the first 1,500 entrants. All finishers in the different races will receive a special commemorative edition technical shirt to mark the 33rd year of this Classic event.

The races take place Oct. 19, along the scenic golf cart paths of Peachtree City. It is one of the most popular runs not only in Georgia, but in the Southeast as well. The race is unique in its use of paved cart paths for the race. This scenic race is run mostly on the paths through the greenbelt areas, by lakes, through small tunnels, in the beautiful planned community of Peachtree City. The 15K was voted the best 15K course in Georgia by Georgia Athlete Magazine and always a sellout, so participants are strongly encouraged to register early. The 15K race is the RRCA State Championship again this year.

A Pre-Race Expo will be held at the Fred Brown Amphitheater Oct. 18, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m..
A Race Day Expo will be held on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. also at the Frederick Brown Amphitheater. The Expos will include health and fitness products, sponsors, and selected vendors.

Applications are available at various locations in Peachtree City, Newnan, and Fayetteville, including local recreation departments, libraries, and sporting goods stores. Applications are also available at Ultimate Fitness, T&G All Sports, Smith and Davis, Play It Again Sports, and World Gym. You can also register on line at www.ptcrc.com If you have any further questions about the race, you can send e-mail to ptcclassic@aol.com