Sarah Stokes and her father, Dwain Cassady, run the 50th AJC Peachtree Road Race on Thursday, their 20th together and Cassady’s 36th.
Photo: Sierra Webster
Photo: Sierra Webster

Father and daughter run AJC Peachtree Road Race together for the 20th time

For two decades, Dwain Cassady and his daughter, Sarah Stokes, have run the AJC Peachtree Road Race together. From the time she turned 10, the minimum age to run, every July Fourth, they’ve made their way downtown to run in Atlanta’s annual road race.

“It’s our favorite tradition,” Stokes said. “It’s fun. It’s always a little bit of suffering, but it’s fun to do it. Keeps us in shape.”

» RELATED: Photos from the AJC Peachtree Road Race

Cassady, who was wearing a T-shirt from the 1999 race, has run 36 times. The 61-year-old occupational therapist lives in Gainesville, but met his daughter, who lives in Savannah, downtown last night to stay the night. Stokes, 29, is a physical therapist.

Their goal was to finish the 50th running of the Peachtree in under an hour and managed to finish just under the mark, saying it was around 59:59 when they crossed

After the race, they said they were headed to Gainesville to watch fireworks on the lake. 

“If the boat works,” Cassady said, laughing.

» RELATED: Results, photos and more from the AJC Peachtree Road Race.

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