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World Record Holders to Compete for Event Record Bonus on the Fourth of July

June 20, 2022

Strongest field in race history announced for Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race

ATLANTA — June 20, 2022 /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – Four world record-holders will lead the women’s fields at the 53rd Running of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race. In the footrace, marathon world record-holder Brigid Kosgei will face off against 5K world record-holder Senbere Teferi, while in the Shepherd’s Center Wheelchair Division newly minted 5000m world record-holder Susannah Scaroni will try to deny Tatyana McFadden, world record-holder at 100m and 400m, her ninth victory here.

All will be chasing the Peachtree event record and a potential $53,000 in bonus prize money.

Kosgei, of Kenya, is the current owner of the footrace course record, set when she won the 2019 Peachtree in 30:22 – the fastest 10K ever run, under any conditions, in the United States. Three months later, she shattered the world marathon record by running 2:14:04 at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Kosgei returns to Atlanta for the first time since her historic run and says she’s ready to make history on the Fourth of July yet again.

“I like the course and conditions, plus there is a lot of cheering from fans,” said Kosgei, who is also the reigning Olympic marathon silver medalist. “I will count on them to find more energy during the race to run faster.”

To defend her record, Kosgei will have to face Ethiopia’s Teferi, who is undefeated on the roads this year. Teferi holds the world record in the road 5K for women-only events, having run 14:29 at the adidas Adizero Road to Records in Germany last year. The two-time Olympian comes to Atlanta after winning the Mastercard New York Mini 10K in 30:43 on the hills of New York City’s Central Park earlier this month.

“I have heard many good things about the Peachtree,” said Teferi, who will be making her Peachtree debut. “I want to come prepared as best as possible to challenge the course record and put my name in the history of the race.”

An event record bonus purse of $53,000 (for the 53rd Running) is offered to winners of the men’s and women’s open divisions and men’s and women’s Shepherd Center Wheelchair divisions. If only one athlete sets a record, he or she will take home the full amount; if more than one does so, the bonus will be divided equally.

The American field is led by Keira D’Amato, who says she’s ready to contend with Kosgei and Teferi for the victory. D’Amato finished 16th in her last Peachtree, in 2019, but since then has broken Deena Kastor’s 16-year old American marathon record, running 2:19:12 at the Chevron Houston Marathon in January; broken the U.S. 10-mile record and this month won the USATF 6K title.

“I remember in 2019, I planned to go out conservative, and then crush the hill. And I did that but there was only so much that I could make up on the hill,” said D’Amato. “This time I’m going to take it out real hard.”

One of the strongest women’s fields in race history, the international competition also features Kenyans Sheila Chepkurui, who has run 29:46 for 10K; Rosemary Wanjiru, who has run 29:50; 2021 TCS New York City Marathon runner-up Viola Cheptoo; Dorcas Tuitoek, winner of the 2022 Publix Atlanta Half Marathon; and Fancy Chemutai, whose 30:32 third-place finish in 2019 is the third-fastest performance in race history.

Former Peachtree runners-up Sarah Pagano (2016) and Emily Durgin (2021) are among the other featured Americans in the field, as are Nell Rojas, the top American in the last two Boston Marathons, and Annie Frisbie, who ran the third-fastest marathon debut ever by an American woman (2:26:18) when she placed 7th at the TCS New York City Marathon last fall.

In the Shepherd Center Wheelchair Division, McFadden – the defending champion whose eight victories here are the most of any elite athlete in any divisionis hoping to add another glass peach to her trophy case. She’ll face Scaroni, winner of the 2018 Peachtree, who has returned to racing after being hit by a car in training in September. So far, the comeback has been a success: Earlier this spring, Scaroni set a world record in the 5000m on the track. Then, just this month, Scaroni won the Mastercard Mini 10K in a world-best time of 21:10.

“I think the 10K is probably my favorite road racing distance because you really can go all out,” said Scaroni of coming to Peachtree. “I feel like I can go and give everything I have for that entire race.”

Scaroni and McFadden will both be chasing Manuela Schär’s 2019 course record of 21:28 to get some or all of the $53,000 record bonus. They’ll face competition from Tokyo Paralympians Jenna Fesemyer and Yen Hoang, both of the United States.

The 53rd Running of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race will be held on Monday, July 4, 2022. The race begins at Atlanta’s Lenox Square and ends at Piedmont Park. It will be broadcast locally on WXIA-11Alive and streamed nationally at 11alive.com.

Elite Women’s Race 

First Name Last Name 10K Road Personal Best Country Represented/U.S. Residence
Sheila Chepkirui Kiprotich 29:46 KEN
Rosemary Wanjiru 29:50 KEN
Brigid Kosgei 29:54 KEN
Fancy Chemutai 30:06 KEN
Senbere Teferi 30:38 ETH
Dorcas Tuitoek 30:44 KEN
Viola Cheptoo 30:55 KEN
Keira D’Amato 31:03 Oakton, VA
Viola Chepngeno 31:19 KEN
Mary Munanu 31:20 KEN
Biruktayit Eshetu 31:24 ETH
Emily Durgin 31:49 Flagstaff, AZ
Nell Rojas 31:52 Boulder, CO
Annie Frisbie 31:55 Minneapolis, MN
Hawi Feysa 32:18 ETH
Sarah Pagano 32:31 San Diego, CA
Elaina Tabb 32:40 Pittsburgh, PA
Maggie Montoya 33:19 Boulder, CO
Edna Kurgat 33:41 Colorado Springs, CO
Bridget Lyons Belyeu 34:16 Newnan, GA
Natalia Sulle 34:19 TAN
Joanna Stephens 34:34 Atlanta, GA
Andie Cozzarelli 34:39 Raleigh, NC
Caroline Sang 34:53 Colorado Springs, CO
Emma Grace Hurley DEBUT Roswell, GA
Kate Sanborn DEBUT Raleigh, NC
Amber Zimmerman DEBUT Philadelphia, PA

Shepherd Center Wheelchair Division 

First Name Last Name 10K Road Personal      Best Country Represented/U.S. Residence
Susannah Scaroni 21:10 Urbana, IL
Tatyana McFadden 21:27 Clarksville, MD
Patricia Eachus 22:48 SUI
Jenna Fesemyer 24:50 Champaign, IL
Yen Hoang 24:53 Champaign, IL
Hannah Babalo 25:07 Newark, NJ
Chelsea Stein 27:15 Tucson, AZ
Emelia Perry 33:51 Philadelphia, PA
Ivonne Reyes 29:48 MEX

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