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Craig Virgin
RE: Peachtree Is Celebrating Their 50th Anniversary With One Of The Best Women's 10k Fields Ever
And, no pace makers or $50K course record bonuses back then. I broke the course record that American Mike Roche had set in 1978 when I ran 28:30 in 1979 (40 years ago today) but no incentive bonus...and there was no official prize money back then, and I ran for free in 3 of those races at the request of my shoe company at the time, adidas. I did get a $5000 sponsor in 1980 with the Omni International shopping center/commercial building in downtown Atlanta.... and we did several race events there that week.

Oh, and when ATC was doing no commemorative items other than mugs.... I got the arrangement to print for 1 year only....some t-shirts and hand towels that we sold via direct mail after the 1980 race....that came from the 1979 AJC front page headline "25,000 Runners Chase Virgin Down Peachtree!" but it took us 2 years to sell them all and they were not a profitable sales item back then down in the bible belt... but it was good tongue in cheek humor! Probably would be better received today... maybe not for the right reasons. The ATC does their own commemorative item sales now, to much greater success! They just weren't that professional and commercial back then.

Anyway, Happy 50th Anniversary to the Peachtree Road Race. I just wish they had brought back in the former American champions at least. I was there for the 25th. Maybe next year? I congratulate the winners today in all the categories as well as anyone who ran a PR in the hot n humid conditions. Atlanta is a great place to celebrate Independence Day!

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