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AJC Peachtree Road Race highlights
AJC Peachtree Road Race highlights

ATLANTA -- Tens of thousands of people from across the region and the world marked Independence Day with an Atlanta tradition, the AJC Peachtree Road Race.

The wheelchair racers were first up at 6:45 a.m. Monday. Krige Schabort won the wheelchair race. Tatyana McFadden was the first woman to cross the finish line, according to the Atlanta Track Club, which organizes the race.

Next came the elite runners. Sammy Kitwara won the US Men's 10K Championship in 28 minutes and 5 seconds. Werkneshe Kidane won the women's race in 31 minutes and 22 seconds. Ben True was the first American runner across the finish line.

The bulk of the race's 60,000 other participants followed, with the last group of runners starting after 9 a.m. and thousands of supporters cheering along the sidelines.

At least one runner had to be helped out by medics.

At about 10:30 a.m., a man in his 50's collapsed at Piedmont and 10th. Medics were on the scene right away and worked on him for about five minutes. After using a defibulator, they were able to revive him, get him into an ambulance and off to the hospital.

Streets remained closed in and around Midtown throughout the day on Monday with Atlanta Police directing traffic around the area.

As the official television partner of the 2011 AJC Peachtree Road Race, 11Alive aired live coverage of the Peachtree on air and online Monday morning and a Peachtree special the evening of July 4 recapping of the race as well as participant stories.

To watch the stories and for complete coverage of the AJC Peachtree Road Race, go to 11Alive.com/Road Race.