Julia Voorhees Emmons

Julia Voorhees Emmons

Emmons was the architect of the largest 10K road race in the world, the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, with 55,000 runners. After a 16-year career as associate professor of library and information science at Emory University, Emmons became the first woman executive director of a track club in the United States and served for 22 years as head of the 10,000-member Atlanta Track Club. She is in numerous sports halls of fame and has received many awards for her leadership, including being named Race Director of the Year by Road Race Management in 1988, the first woman so honored.