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Friday, July 4, 2014 - 10:39am

60,000 Enjoy 'Perfect' Peachtree Road Race

"Tips for Running in the Heat" are printed on the back of every Peachtree Road Race bib, but this year, runners enjoyed mild temperatures.

“The weather was perfect this year," said Brian Davis of Atlanta, who completed his fourth Peachtree. "It was not too hot. It did not rain. Perfect weather was the difference for me this year.”

Runners were especially appreciative of the clear skies after storms made last year's race (and Piedmont Park) a little soggy. The improved conditions meant runners ditched their ponchos this July 4th for more festive attire.

“It was a 48-hour thing," explained Joy Adams, who stood out from the crowd near the finish line wearing a red top and a blue tutu with stars.

This was Adams' third time running the Peachtree Road Race, but her first time dressing up.

"I just felt like having fun with it," Adams said. "My company does it every year and I just wanted to have fun with it."

Runners say the fun aspects of the race are what keep them coming back.

"It's one of my favorite races--the crowd, the atmosphere. It's just a great race to run," said Davis.

This was the 45th running of the Peachtree Road Race. The event is the world's largest 10k with 60,000 participants.

All runners in the 2014 Peachtree Road Race get a t-shirt.

Every year, the AJC holds a t-shirt design contest for the Peachtree Road Race, and voters get to pick the winner.

Here's this year's t-shirt design.

(Photo Credit: AJC/

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