Race Organizers use colorful flags to communicate the weather on the course

4:43 AM, Jun 9, 2012   |    comments
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   AJC Peachtree Road Race runners will be able to predict the weather on race day, with just one glance. 

   The Atlanta Track Club, organizers of the annual 10k, are implementing a new color-coded Event Alert System (EAS) for this year's event. The colorful flags will let runners, wheelchair participants, volunteers, and staff know the condition of the course on the days leading up to the July 4 event, and on race day.

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   The flags will be located at the start, along the course, and in the finish line area. Race Director Tracey Russell and Medical Director Joe Wilson, along with the rest of the Race Communications Team, will determine the specific alert level on race day.

  • Green indicates a low alert level; participants should enjoy the event, but be alert.
  • Yellow is moderate, meaning conditions are less-than ideal. Participants are warned to slow down and be prepared for worsening conditions.
  • Red is a high alert level. Conditions are potentially dangerous and participants should slow down or consider stopping, observe course changes, and follow official instructions.
  • Black is the most extreme alert level. It will only be used if conditions are extreme and dangerous. If a black flag is called, the AJC Peachtree Road Race is canceled, and all participants are to follow event official instructions.

    Communications about the EAS will be available prior to race day through the AJC Peachtree Road Race email newsletters, the AJC Peachtree Road Race webpagethe Atlanta Track Club Facebook page and Twitter account, and at the Peachtree Health and Fitness Expo on July 2 and 3.

   The EAS was developed in response to the 2007 Chicago Marathon, which was canceled early due to extreme temperatures and concerns for the safety of marathon participants. It's now a standard communication tool at road race events throughout the country.


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