AJC Peachtree Road Race Sets Prize Purse For U.S. Athletes
ATLANTA—For the second consecutive year, the AJC Peachtree Road Race will host the USA 10K Championships for both men and women, Atlanta Track Club announced.
A total prize purse of $100,000 will be awarded exclusively to U.S. athletes, an increase of $40,000 from 2013. The winning U.S. male and female will now each earn $15,000.
“We’re proud that the best runners in America will again be celebrating July 4th in Atlanta,” said Rich Kenah, executive director of Atlanta Track Club. “Playing host to both U.S. Championship races is an honor, and focusing our entire prize purse on U.S. athletes this year seems the ideal way to showcase them at the AJC Peachtree Road Race, the largest road race in the country.”
Founded in 1964, Atlanta Track Club is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year and is looking forward to motivating runners for years to come. In an effort to forge ties to the community that will inspire the next generation of runners, select U.S. Olympic and World Championships athletes who compete in the AJC Peachtree Road Race will visit and work with schoolchildren year-round in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area, focusing on participants in Atlanta Track Club's Kilometer Kids program.
Last year, the USA 10K Championships were won by Matt Tegenkamp of Portland, OR (28:25, sixth overall) and Janet Bawcom of Flagstaff, AZ, and formerly of Rome, GA (32:45, eighth overall). It was the first time the AJC Peachtree Road Race hosted the USA Women’s 10K Championships, while the men also raced for the title in Atlanta in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
The 45th running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race will take place on Friday, July 4, 2014. Registration for the 2014 lottery began on Saturday, March 15 and will continue until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, March 22. The 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race is capped at 60,000 entrants, making it the world’s largest 10K.
Event registration can be found at www.ajc.com/peachtree. Additional details about the event are available at www.peachtreeroadrace.org.
Atlanta Track Club is a nonprofit committed to creating an active and healthy Atlanta. Through running and walking, Atlanta Track Club motivates, inspires and engages the community to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. With more than 19,000 members, Atlanta Track Club is the second largest running organization in the United States. In addition to the AJC Peachtree Road Race (peachtreeroadrace.org)—the largest 10K running event in the world, the Atlanta Marathon (atlantamarathon.org), and the Atlanta Half Marathon and Thanksgiving Day 5K (atlantahalfmarathon.org), Atlanta Track Club directs more than 30 events per year. Through the support of its members and volunteers, Atlanta Track Club also maintains a number of community initiatives including organizing and promoting the Kilometer Kids youth running program to metro Atlanta youth, honoring high school cross country and track and field athletes through Atlanta Track Club’s All-Metro Banquets and supporting the Grady Bicycle EMT program. For more information on Atlanta Track Club, visit atlantatrackclub.org.
The AJC Peachtree Road Race is a 10K event that takes place every Fourth of July in Atlanta, Georgia. The first Peachtree was held in 1970 and featured 110 runners. The AJC Peachtree Road Race is now the largest 10K running event in the world with 60,000 participants. The AJC Peachtree Road Race is perhaps most famous for the coveted AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt, which is handed out to all the event finishers. For more information on the AJC Peachtree Road Race visit peachtreeroadrace.org or ajc.com/peachtree
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track & field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, the World's #1 Track & Field Team, the most-watched events at the Olympics, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport, and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States: www.usatf.org.
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GCAC Honors Four From Xavier
NEW ORLEANS—Four from Xavier University of Louisiana—Amber Brown in women's tennis, Vincenzo Ciccone in men's tennis, Catherine Fakler in women's track and Devinn Rolland in women's field—are the recipient of Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Player/Performer of the Week awards for March 10-16.
It's the first time that Brown and Ciccone have been honored.
Brown, a senior from Decatur, Ga., won in singles and doubles in the Gold Nuggets' 5-4 home victory against Oral Roberts and clinched the dual with a 6-3, 6-3 decision against Mairead Cleary in the final match on the court. The team victory was the Gold Nuggets' first since 2004 against a non-HBCU member of NCAA Division I,
Ciccone, a junior from Brooklyn, N.Y., and a graduate of Aspirations High School and ASA College, scored the lone Gold Rush point in a 6-1 loss at Troy. Ciccone's 7-5, 6-1 victory against Tadju Davies was his second of the semester against an NCAA Division I opponent.
Fakler, a junior from Phoenix, Ariz., and a graduate of Xavier College Preparatory Roman Catholic High School, earned her second victory of the season in the 1,500-meter run. Her time at the McNeese Cowboy Relays was 4 minutes, 44.21 seconds. Fakler is a 10-time GCAC weekly winner—three times in track (twice this season) and seven times in cross country.
Rolland, a junior from Harvey, La., and a graduate of Cabrini High School, reached the NAIA's A-qualifiying standard in the long jump for the second time in as many meets this season. She finished second in the McNeese meet with a mark of 19 feet, one-half inch and finished ahead of 16 jumpers from NCAA Division I.
Rolland is a 10-time GCAC weekly winner. Last year she won the field award six times and the track award three times.
Xavier's tennis teams will be on the road for four dual matches apiece in four days, beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday against Graceland in Nashville, Tenn. The next XU track competition will be March 29 in the Tulane Team Challenge at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans.
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All-America Baseball Game Roster Addition
Baltimore, Md.—Under Armour, Inc. (NYSE:UA), the Baltimore, MD-based leader in sports performance apparel, footwear and equipment, recently announced the addition of Dazmon Cameron to its roster for the 2014 Under Armour® All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory. The game will be played at Chicago’s iconic Wrigley Field on Saturday, August 16th at 7:05 p.m. CST and air live nationally on MLB Network. This will mark the first time in its seven-year history the Under Armour All-America Game will be played at night, creating the ultimate Major League experience for the players and their fans. The Under Armour All-America Baseball Game showcases 36 of the best high school players, competing in an American vs. National team match-up. The players are selected by a committee of Baseball Factory scouts.
A returning player to the Under Armour All-America Game, Dazmon is a dynamic talent with outstanding tools. He has lightning quick hands at the plate with excellent barrel accuracy. In the outfield, he glides to balls with ease and has the instincts and range to play centerfield at higher levels. Dazmon is the total package. Dazmon is the son of former Major League player, Mike Cameron.
“Dazmon is one of two returning players who competed in the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game,” said Steve Bernhardt, Chairman of the Under Armour All-America Game Selection Committee & Executive VP of Baseball Operations at Baseball Factory. “His combination of talent both in the field and at the plate impressed scouts in Chicago last year and will continue to do so in 2014. We are excited to have Dazmon back out to Wrigley this summer and look forward to seeing his performance under the lights!”
The Under Armour All-America Baseball Game is the culmination of a four-day baseball celebration, including a formal workout for Major League Baseball (MLB) scouts and a homerun derby.? Since the games inception in 2008, 151 of the 171 draft eligible players from the Under Armour All-America Game were selected in the MLB Amateur Draft including 42 first round picks. Top players that went on to sign professional contracts in 2013 include Clint Frazier (2013 No.5 Overall Pick, Cleveland Indians); Trey Ball (2013 No.7 Overall Pick, Boston Red Sox); Austin Meadows (2013 No.9 Overall Pick, Pittsburgh Pirates); Dominic Smith (2013 No.11 Overall Pick, New York Mets); JP Crawford (2013 No.16 Overall Pick, Philadelphia Phillies); Nick Ciuffo (2013 No.21 Overall Pick, Tampa Bay Rays); Hunter Harvey (2013 No.22 Overall Pick, Baltimore Orioles); and Billy McKinney (2013 No.24 Overall Pick, Oakland Athletics).
For more information on the 2014 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory, please visit www.baseballfactory.com/allamerica/2014..