Despite the rain, volunteers with the Atlanta Track Club have been working around the clock to prepare for 44th running of the Peachtree Road Race. Organizers have added extra security to the event in the wake of April's Boston Marathon bombings.
Authorities say bags, backpacks and purses will be searched near the finish line of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race. Workers will be at the entry points to the start at Lenox Square and at the finish line in midtown Atlanta. They will be searching bags and backpacks before people can get inside a fence that will be set up around the Meadow at Piedmont Park.
Runners and mountain bikers in Dalton will soon have a new trail in the heart of the northwest Georgia city. Dalton Parks and Recreation Department Director Steve Card says an opening ceremony for the new hiking and biking trail on Mount Rachel could be held in the next month or so.
Tuesday runners met at each of the Big Peach Running Company Stores to run a "Mile of Silence" in honor of those affected by the Boston Marathon Bombings. “Oh, it was awful,” lamented store manager Katie Price, who said store employees watched the live coverage of the race on television. “I mean, we had a lot of people from Big Peach up there… They were working the marathon, so you’re just kind of… surreal. Just, it hit too close to home.”
Organizers of road races in central Georgia say policy changes and a merger of parks and recreation departments have led them to cancel events. The Allman Brothers Band Museum's Big House Foundation and the Children's Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia both canceled plans for half-marathons this fall.
Savannah officials say the city's second Rock 'n' Roll Marathon was a fist-pumping success. Organizers say more than 17,000 runners competed in the 26.2-mile race. And Jill Horst of Rome, Ga., was the women's winner for the second year in a row with a time of two hours, 52 minutes and five seconds.
Savannah officials are expecting a tourism windfall from thousands of runners as the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon returns to the Georgia coast. Savannah officials have made changes to encourage runners to spend more time and money downtown this year after complaints from retailers last year.
Savannah city officials are urging patience as its largest-ever sports event strides into history on Saturday. The Rock 'n Roll Marathon will bring some 23,000 runners and their families to the coastal city. They'll be filling up parking spaces and hotels. Officials expect roads and public transit to be knotted up.