ATLANTA (USA): Former two-time world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat will compete in the AJC Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta on 4 July, informs organisers. The Kenyan finished second in the Great Manchester Run last month in 31:25 which was only seven seconds outside her PB which was set in this race in 2010. Other top names include Ethiopia’s Buzunesh Deba, New Zealand’s Kim Smith and home favourite Neeley Spence Gracey. First and second last year, Ben Payne and Scott Overall will compete in the men’s race along with Rio-bound Jared Ward.
RunBlogRun Opines: The AJC Peachtree continues to support elite running and team running in many innovative ways. This year, Jared Ward, third place in the U.S. Olympic marathon Trials will be racing. Jared ran one of the most under rated performances of the Trials, with his fine come from behind third place. His style of racing and training should give him a few advantages in Rio, where the conditions will be much like Athens in 2004: hot, humid and grimy.