An Atlanta Tradition

written by Melissa Rary

This U.S. Independence Day, some of the GACC South team celebrated their 4th of July Atlanta-style by participating in the annual Peachtree Road Race.

The Peachtree Road Race began as an Atlanta tradition in 1970 when the “Original 110” ran the course in Atlanta Central City Park for the first time. Their 10k (6.2 miles) run would mark the beginning of a long-standing tradition among local Atlanta natives, and later people throughout the world. The race has evolved over the years and now includes electronic tracking of times as well as other features to provide runners with the best running atmosphere despite the hot, humid Georgia summer. Now the world’s largest 10K run, the Peachtree Road Race hosts 60,000 runners and walkers each year. The runners make up a various assortment of nationalities and ages.

GACC South staff Britta Lipke and Manuel Muhl wearing the 2013 finisher shirt of the Peachtree Roadrace.

GACC South staff Britta Lipke and Manuel Muhl wearing the 2013 finisher shirt of the Peachtree Roadrace.

While no one from the GACC South took home the gold, we are proud of them nonetheless. Staff members that took part in the event included first-time 10K runner Britta Lipke, our office fitness extraordinaire Mark Wolfe and our speedster Manuel Muhl – who ran a personal best time of 40:23. Also participating this year in relation to the GACC South was Board Member Dr. Eike Jordan, who took part in his 15th running of the event and the husband of Carolin Sels-Gomille.

Congratulations to all of our runners!

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