Rich Kenah, executive director of the Atlanta Track Club, issued a statement on Monday emphasizing that health and safety remain the primary focus of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race amid concerns over the coronavirus. The race remains scheduled for July 4.
Kenah’s statement read:
“Friends of the AJC Peachtree Road Race:
The staff at Atlanta Track Club prides itself on having a plan for everything. From dangerous July 4th weather to shirt shortages to a severe drought, we have learned to be prepared for anything. But in these uncertain times we have found ourselves a little unsure on how to communicate to all of you about the AJC Peachtree Road Race registration window which happens annually from March 15-31.
Our communications to date have been created and delivered with the hope that we give Atlanta something to look forward to while still being respectful of the focus that everyone can and should have on their current physical, mental, emotional and financial health. With this in mind, we will not send our usual daily registration reminders this week. Rather, we will carefully craft and email you just a handful of gentle and occasional reminders as we approach our March 31 close. I know I think about the excitement of the Peachtree on every solo run I do. I hope it’s bringing a smile to your face as you go out for a run or walk at a socially safe distance.
You can be sure that as we plan this year’s event, the health and safety of the Peachtree community will be, as it always has been, our primary focus. We look forward to Moving Forward with you this summer on the streets of Atlanta. Until then, be safe.”
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