Atlanta’s July 4th TraditionJuly 4, 2009 - 8:37 AM | by: David Lewkowict
40 Years Running…Jogging & Walking ‘The Peachtree’
For most Americans, the fourth of July means celebrating the nation’s independence with parades, bar-b-ques and fireworks.
For 55 thousand in Metro Atlanta, it also means taking part in the world’s largest 10K – a six point one mile run through the city’s streets. This year will be the 40th anniversary of the Peachtree Road Race.
Young or old, in shape or not, this annual event attracts the world’s elite runners and armatures alike. All work to complete the race in 100 degree temperatures.
As the race concludes a kinship is formed – at least for the remainder of the day — as runners, joggers, walkers and more wear the coveted t-shirt that comes with crossing the finish line.
It is an annual tradition, one that helps define the fourth of July in Atlanta.