Nearly 400 jocks show their Pride in Piedmont run

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Nearly 400 people ran, jogged and power walked their way through the 26th Annual Atlanta Pride Run & Walk on Saturday, an event that included a tribute to the victims of the gay bar massacre in Orlando.

The route of the 3.1-mile running of the gays took place inside Piedmont Park again this year. Some 397 people registered, making it one of the largest Pride runs in recent years. Erick White (bottom photo) took first place overall, completing the race with a time of 16:39.74 and taking the crown from Anthony Nardis, who won in 2015. Betsy Turner (bottom photo) won the women's side with a time of 21:19.86, finishing nearly a minute quicker than 2015 winner Nicole Dieckow.  

Brad Slavens (17:58.29) and Paula Johnson (22:15.54) took the masters titles in their respective categories. Johnson also won the women's masters title in 2015. View the full list of winners.

Before the race started, organizers held a moment of silence to honor the Orlando victims. The route was lined with the names of the 49 people killed in the tragedy.

The event from Front Runners Atlanta again benefited Joining Hearts. That non-profit fundraiser returns to the park on July 16 for its summer ab fest.


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