Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Road Race Organizers Throw Whitey A Bone?

Atlanta, GA
Every July 4th the Atlanta Journal & Constitution along with the Atlanta Track Club host the Peachtree Road Race, a 10k run through the streets of Atlanta. And every July 4th the winner of the race is some Kenyan who the week before was in Africa running from mud hut village to mud hut village with a message scratched on a chicken bone. In 2005 the first place winner was Kenyan. In 2006 the first and second place winners were Kenyan. The prizes for first, second and third place are $15,000, $7,500 and $3,000 respectively. The amounts continue to decrease all the way down to 15th place at $200.

The top three women receive awards ranging from $1000 to $300 while the first five senior citizens finishing receive between $1,500 and $200.

With Kenyans winning the top prizes year after year, the organizers of the race have decided to possibly "throw whitey a bone" by adding in the USA Men's 10K Championship as part of the Peachtree Road Race 2007.

That's right. This year AMERICANS will have a chance to win prizes ranging from $10,000 to $200 for first to fifteenth place at the Peachtree Road Race. Will these Americans be of Kenyan ancestry? Guess we'll know tomorrow.

Peachtree Road Race

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