Only a sprinkle now and again at Piedmont Park less then a hour before runners hit Peachtree for the road race. Volunteers are at the ready to hand out t-shirts, bananas and energy bars when the crush finally arrives.
Rain may hold off until 10 a.m. at #ajcprr. Wheelchair athletes should start in 3 minutes.
wheelchair racers are underway at @ajcprr
From AJC reporter Doug Roberson:
With the rain holding off for a little while, the 44th Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race started with the wheelchair athletes at 6:45 a.m.
Temperatures were in the high 60s-low 70s.
The women’s professional footrace division is scheduled to start at 7:17 a.m., followed by the men’s pro division at 7:30 a.m.
The 6.2-mile course will begin at Lenox Square and finish at Piedmont Park.
The weather, which is expected to stay moderately clear until 10 a.m., combined with an increased police presence after the tragic events in Boston earlier this year is giving this year’s race a slightly different feel than in year’s past.
Meteorologists predicted heavy rains today. The race hasn’t experienced rain since 1994.
Many runners were joking on twitter that they were ready for the AJCPRR biathlon: running and swimming. But the rain stopped around 5:30 a.m.