Mascot to Debut at Invesco Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon Events

ATLANTA – November 18, 2022 – Running City USA, meet Pete the Peach! Atlanta Track Club introduced its first ever mascot today – a cool, friendly and Atlanta-loving peach. Runners, walkers, volunteers and fans will have the opportunity to meet Pete at next week’s Invesco QQQ Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon, 5K, Mile and Dash as well as at the race number pickup and pop-up shop leading up to the event.

Pete comes to Atlanta from a peach farm in South Georgia after being harvested this past summer – on July 4 to be exact – and chose to come to Atlanta to take part in as many running and walking events as possible.

“Running City USA has everything you could ever want: running, running and more running,” said Pete. “And if there’s anything you could know about me, I love to go on runs and walks…especially with friends.”

Since arriving in Atlanta, Pete has met with fellow mascots like Blooper, Freddie Falcon and Harry T. Hawk to learn more about what it’s like to be a mascot in Atlanta, Georgia. Pete has also worked with Atlanta Track Club’s staff to learn all about the Club’s mission and vision of a healthier Atlanta through running and walking.

“Pete’s enthusiasm for health and fitness is contagious,” said Rich Kenah, Atlanta Track Club’s CEO. “We look forward to seeing Pete motivate, inspire and encourage Atlantans to get out and go for a run or a walk.”

Pete’s first public appearance will be number pickup for the Invesco QQQ Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon events Saturday and Sunday, November 19-20 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and then again on Wednesday November 23 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Fanplex at 768 Hank Aaron Blvd. Pete will be starting the races and meeting participants at the Invesco QQQ Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon, 5K, Mile & Dash on Thanksgiving morning. Registration is still available.

You can read more about Pete and learn how to invite Pete to your upcoming event here.


About Atlanta Track Club       

Atlanta Track Club is a nonprofit committed to creating an active and healthy Atlanta. Through running and walking, Atlanta Track Club motivates, inspires and engages the community to enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

With more than 30,000 members, Atlanta Track Club is the second largest running organization in the United States. In addition to the AJC Peachtree Road Race ( – the largest 10K running event in the world, the Publix Atlanta Marathon, PNC Atlanta 10 Miler and Invesco QQQ Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon, Atlanta Track Club directs more than 30 events per year. Through the support of its members and volunteers, Atlanta Track Club also maintains a number of community initiatives including organizing and promoting the Kilometer Kids youth running program to metro Atlanta youth, honoring high school cross country and track and field athletes through Atlanta Track Club’s All-Metro Banquets and supporting the Grady Bicycle EMT program. For more information on Atlanta Track Club, visit