“One of my thoughts was to run around Stone Mountain and finish at the top,” Singleton, who lived in Dahlonega, recalled in 2008. “About five miles around it, with another mile to the top. We talked about that, but then said, ‘No, let’s do something in the city.’ “
The first race was run in 1970 and drew over 100 runners. Singleton got the idea of the Peachtree Road Race T-shirt the next year, after running the Boston Marathon.