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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 04/29/13
Mayor Reed Pledges City’s Full Support to Keep Safe the 44th Annual AJC Peachtree Road Race
City to utilize more police officers and more video cameras along route as precautions in wake of Boston Marathon bombings
ATLANTA - Mayor Kasim Reed pledged today to provide the resources necessary to help ensure a safe running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race on the Fourth of July. The mayor noted the importance of the race to Atlanta’s “cultural fabric” and the need for the event to move ahead with enhanced safety measures following the bombings at the Boston Marathon two weeks ago.
“Today, my message is simple: The Peachtree Road Race will be run in Atlanta on July Fourth,” he said. “For some, it’s a fun way to lace up and celebrate with 60,000 others sweating it out on our most-famous thoroughfare. For many, it symbolizes a personal triumph over any number of challenges in our own lives. And of course it’s about the now-coveted Peachtree t-shirt; that symbol that says, ‘I did it. I finished the race.”
Mayor Reed spoke at City Hall, joined by Tracey Russell, executive director of the Atlanta Track Club, Atlanta Police Chief George Turner, Atlanta Fire Rescue Chief Kelvin Cochran and Atlanta Corrections Chief Pat Labat.
Chief Turner spoke about coordination of a public safety and emergency preparedness plan with numerous local, state and federal agencies. Chief Turner said the race will have more officers on duty than in years past, and both he and Mayor Reed pledged to have more video cameras along the race route. Bomb-sniffing dogs would continue to be utilized, as in years past.
The Atlanta Track Club will be meeting regularly in the weeks leading up to the race to discuss specific safety measures. Russell noted there will be a special commemoration at the AJC Peachtree Road Race in honor of the Boston Marathon.
“Here in Atlanta, we have an opportunity to make the 2013 AJC Peachtree Road Race a run for freedom and solidarity as 60,000 people make their way down Peachtree Road on Independence Day,” Russell said. “Whether running or walking, volunteering or spectating, we hope everyone will join us on the Fourth of July as we stand together as one with Boston and the entire nation.”
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