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A RunnerCam Peachtree PR!

ATLANTA -- 11Alive's exclusive coverage of the AJC Peachtree Road Race includes a unique tradition: RunnerCam. 11Alive reporters Julie Wolfe and Doug Richards first ran the Peachtree on camera together 12 years ago. Julie was an intern at an Atlanta TV station, and Doug was a reporter.

In 2011, when 11Alive became the official media sponsor of the race, the two resurrected the idea. Both are runners and have completed the Peachtree (and much longer races) many times. But this presents a unique challenge. The technology used to broadcast a live HD signal includes a LiveU backpack, which weighs about 30 pounds. The camera connects to the pack with a four-foot cable, adding several pounds.

Gas main break closes West Wesley Road

ATLANTA -- West Wesley Road, just west of Peachtree Street in Buckhead, has been shut down because of a gas main break.

The break happened at around 7 a.m.

It's not yet clear how long repairs will take.

Drivers can take Habersham Road or Peachtree Battle Avenue to get back to Peachtree Street.

For the latest traffic conditions around metro Atlanta, visit 11Alive.com/traffic.

 

AJC Peachtree Road Race draws more than 60K

ATLANTA -- Like fireworks and the American flag, the AJC Peachtree Road Race is a staple of the Fourth of July in Atlanta.

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Thousands of spectators and volunteers joined roughly 60,000 runners in carrying on the local tradition Wednesday.

VIDEO: It's not just a foot-race to a finish line, it's a very personal journey for many runners

ATLANTA -- People run the annual AJC Peachtree Road Race for fun.

And for reasons that are very personal.

They run in honor of others.

They start, they finish, and know they've been part of something bigger than themselves that they just have to do again.

And out there among them with a handheld camera on Wednesday morning -- 11Alive's Jon Shirek.

BLOG | I'm a Locavore: Day 4

11Alive's Julie Wolfe is blogging about her participation in the Locavore Challenge through the month of July. The goal is to eat 90 percent of food from local sources.

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ATLANTA -- The Locavore Challenge started on Sunday, July 1, but I started a day late for a simple reasons: s'mores. I spent the weekend camping and hiking at Black Rock Mountain State Park in north Georgia. I couldn't possibly have a campfire without roasting marshmallows and squishing them between graham crackers with melting chocolate. (See, you want one right now, don't you?)

It turns out, I found the perfect place to start eating 90 percent local food.

Watch yourself cross the AJC Peachtree Road Race finish line

WXIA -- We put a camera at the end of the finish line of this year's race and recorded from the time the first wheelchair racer crossed until they closed the course.

Below are the times broken out into parts, with the time into the race listed by it.  The time is from the start of the wheelchair division through the final racers.

Click on the link and see yourself cross the finish line!

Part 1- 19 minutes to 31 minutes into race

Part 2- 33 minutes to 47 minutes into race

Part 3- 47 minutes to 1hr03min into race

Part 4- 1hr03 to 1hr25min into race

Road closures for the AJC Peachtree Road Race

ATLANTA -- With the AJC Peachtree Road Race, roads around the race area are closed and will be closed through race time.

Here are some maps and course info to help if you are headed to the race, or want to avoid the area.

MAP | Starting Area Road Closures
MAP | Finish Line area Road Closures
LIST | Complete Road Closures
MAP | Course Map

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