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How Has The Peachtree Road Race Changed since 1970?

Jeff Galloway poses in his Phidippides running store with the trophy he got for winning the first Peachtree Road Race in 1970.
Jeff Galloway poses in his Phidippides running store with the trophy he got for winning the first Peachtree Road Race in 1970.
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On Wednesday, runners from all over the world will compete in the AJC Peachtree Road Race. It’ will be the 49th race. With 60,000 runners, the event has become the world’s largest 10-Kilometer race.

The very first “Peachtree” in 1970 was a lot different. The course had more hills and the race started at 10 a.m.

To find out what that first race was like and how it’s changed, we talked with Jeff Galloway, the first male winner of the Peachtree Road Race. Galloway is also a former Olympic runner who now coaches others to help them meet their running goals.

Extended Interview