“My first time as the top Georgia runner was a really special moment,” said McCormack, who now lives in Florida and has embarked on dual careers as a financial planner and professional runner.
McCormack may not have turned serious about his running until he was a junior at North Hall, but his Peachtree fun began the first year he was old enough to run the race. As an adolescent, he ran with his mother, Kelly, and the neighbors, who were known for dressing up as pirates or beauty queens.
“It was only about two years before I was saying, ‘Wait for me! Slow down!’” said Kelly McCormack, who missed Peachtree last year for the first time since 1986 when she traveled to South Korea to watch Ty compete at 10,000 meters in the World University Games.
Her son hopes to follow her example in longevity if not in costume. “Going to Peachtree was a huge part of my childhood,” he said. “I’ll put in on my calendar every year.”
A four-time North Gwinnet High School distance MVP who was fourth in the 2008 state AAAAA cross country championships before going on to compete for the University of Georgia, DiMercurio recently joined the ZAP Fitness team in Blowing Rock, N.C.
When she was young, DiMercurio ran Peachtree every year with her father, Sam. Last year, he joined the throngs of cheering spectators just before the 5-mile mark (“He was exactly at the point where I thought, ‘this is getting kind of hard’”) as DiMercurio was on her way to a stunning second-place finish.
“I kept thinking there had to be a mistake,” said DiMercurio, now 25. “For probably two weeks after that I was still checking the results.”
Among the rewards? A huge hug from her ex-Peachtree partner and proud dad.
McCormack and DiMercurio join an All-Star elite field at the AJC Peachtree Road Race that includes previously announced entrants Jared Ward, a member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team in the marathon; Neely Spence Gracey, the top American woman in the 2016 Boston Marathon; Edna Kiplagat, a two-time World Champion; Lineth Chepkurui, a three-time AJC Peachtree Road Race champion; and Philip Langat, winner of the 2016 Lilac Bloomsday Run 12K, among others. The 47th running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race will take place on July 4.