Peachtree runners glad to finish in Piedmont Park again

People who will be running in Saturday's Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race say they are happy that the finish line has been moved back to Piedmont Park, according to race director Tracey Russell.

Last year's race ended at the intersection of Juniper Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue, The finish line was moved there after the city restricted use of the park for large events because of the drought.

This year, the line is back at The Meadow portion of the park, where it had been since 1978.

"To tie it in with the 40th ... it's a great opportunity to celebrate," Russell said at a news conference for the race.

Russell said the Atlanta Track Club, which organizes the race, began working the city's park officials last year in an attempt to move the finish line back to the park. The announcement was made Jan. 28.

There will be a few changes this year, compared to the past.

Runners will be able to meet their families in The Meadow, as well as pick up drinks and their commemorative race T-shirt.

Food will be available this year on Monroe Drive. The stage will be actually be in front of Park Tavern, but will face The Meadow. In the past the stage has been on The Meadow.