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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

AJC alters the space/time continuum

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 3:14 PM

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The AJC has sponsored the region's premier 10K race for 33 years, branding it the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race long before the two newspapers had formally merged. And it's always been on the Fourth of July. Always.

But apparently not this year. From the front page of today's AJC:

Agent: Racer not guilty of elbowing

Tadese Tola, the first person ever disqualified from the AJC Peachtree Road Race, wasn’t trying to elbow anyone. He was merely running inefficiently.

Tola’s agent, Hussein Makke, on Monday disputed claims that Tola deliberately elbowed Boaz Cheboiywo in a battle for fourth place in Sunday’s race.

The 4th was, of course, Saturday, as was the AJC Peachtree Road Race. But I guess when you own an event, you can say it happened any time you like.

I'm aware I'm throwing a stone from my own glass lean-to, but I can't help but think such small but significant mistakes are the result of editorial downsizing. Fewer sets of eyes means more errors will find their way into print — and online.

At least that's the excuse I'll use the next time I screw up.

UPDATE: I orginally called the AJCPRR a marathon because I've never paid it the slightest bit of attention and because I didn't have adequate editorial supervision. See what I mean!

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