Kutter, Monroe renew rivalry at Peachtree

Every since they started training together last year, Tom Kutter and Dan Monroe's running rivalry has grown.

The duo, who train together at Tribble Mill Park in Grayson, will compete today in the world's largest 10K race - The Peachtree Road Race.

"Every time we race we're kind of competitive with each other," said Kutter, who coaches the Shiloh cross country team. "It's kind of a unspoken thing. When it's race morning, we kind of get our game plan together."

Last year at the Peachtree, Kutter was 24th overall with a time of 31:15 and was sixth among Americans.

"I had the better day last year," Kutter said.

Kutter edged Monroe by 12 seconds. The Mill Creek cross country coach was 28th overall and ninth among Americans.

"I want to take that from him," Monroe said. "I'm gonna try to beat him. I think we're going to stick with the same plan as last year were we start out together early for the first 5K and then we'll see what happens after that."

Monroe will admit Kutter is the more accomplished runner of the two. Kutter was an all-conference runner at Bowling Green State University after walking on to the program.

Kutter has run in approximately 15 races this year, winning the Dacula Memorial Day Road Race with a time of 15:24 and the half marathon of the Run the Reagan. He finished second at a half marathon in Miami. In addition, Kutter has won several other local races.

Monroe was a standout runner at South Gwinnett before enjoying a successful career at UNC-Charlotte.

The 26-year-old estimates he has run 15 to 20 races this year, winning a few local races. Most notably the Chattahoochee Challenge.

"It's a lot of fun, but it's really competitive," Monroe said.