— AJC (@ajc) July 4, 2018
Stephanie Bruce and Bernard Lagat are the winners of the 2018 AJC Peachtree 10K. The Peachtree 10K doubles as the USATF 10K Championships. Bruce and Lagat are both first-time winners of the title, and at 43 years-old Lagat became the oldest-ever USA 10K champion.
In the women’s race, Bruce was patient and held back with Sara Hall, Allie Kieffer, and Gwen Jorgensen. Aliphine Tuliamuk took the race out and built up a sizable lead that was later closed by Bruce.
Tuliamuk was second, Hall third, Kieffer fourth and Jorgensen fifth. Bruce won in 32:21, which is a personal best. Bruce told reporters post-race that today’s win may be the highlight of her career thus far.
The top Canadian in the women’s results was Michelle Clarke of Toronto, Ont. in 40:53. Clarke was 37th.
Finished feeling like I gave it everything and that’s a step in the right direction. Lots of work to do and excited to put my head down and get back at it. Thank you #ajcprr for the opportunity and fun race. Thank you as well to my sponsors, family, friends, and fans for allowing me to chase my crazy dream. 5th place and 33:09 📸 @talbotcox
In the men’s event, Lagat ignored early moves in the race and hung tight in the pack. Eventually, he pulled away from the group to finish in 28:42. Second place went to Haron Lagat (no relation). Today’s win was Lagat’s 15th USA title. Both Lagat and Bruce won $10,000 for their efforts today.
— Stephanie Bruce (@Steph_Rothstein) July 4, 2018
Another notable entry in the race was Jay Wayne Jenkins, otherwise known as Young Jeezy. The Atlanta rapper has produced music with rap greats like Kanye West, Akon and Drake. Jenkins finished in a time of 1:02:14.