“He said his right ankle was hurting a little bit, but not enough to stop him,” Thrasher said. “He just kept plugging along at a decent pace.”
The Thorn family was represented at the actual Peachtree course by Bill Thorn’s son Terry Thorn and granddaughter Kenzie Bayman (and her husband, Max). Terry, who ran the first Peachtree in 1970 with his father (and brother Bill Jr.) at the age of 6, wanted to run “because I want a Thorn to be on the course,” Thrasher said her brother told him.
Thorn won 38 state high-school championships in track and field and cross country as coach at Landmark Christian School, believed to be the most won by any Georgia high school coach in history.
Thorn’s hope is to be back on the actual Peachtree course in 2022 for his 53rd Peachtree.