Dr. Gregory S. Kordecki, associate professor and coordinator of accounting, business law and taxation for the School of Business, is one of Clayton State University’s most distinguished faculty members; the winner of The Outstanding Accounting Educator Award of the Georgia Society of CPAs for 2010.
However, on July 4 of each year, the only accounting Kordecki does is checking the times of his family in the Peachtree Road Race. That’s because the huge 10K through the heart of Atlanta is a family affair for Kordecki, his wife Christine, and children Hilary and Frank. Although the Kordecki parents have run the Peachtree for 30 consecutive years (“My time of 30 years ago was considerably faster,” admits Professor Kordecki.) it’s a somewhat newer experience for the Kordecki children. Daughter Hilary, 14, was running her fifth Peachtree in 2011, while son Frank, 10, was running his first.
In addition to running the race every year, both Greg and Christine Kordecki have spent 20 consecutive years as volunteers in for runner control of sub-seeded runners, something Hilary has also done for the past five years, and Frank expects to do, starting next year.
“I am just glad that we get to do this and the whole family can participate,” says the proud father, even though it is also true that both children finished ahead of both parents, with Hilary leading the way for the family with a 1:03:29 that placed her 94th in the women 14 and under age group.
Actually, Hilary and Frank Kordecki may share another distinction among the 50,000 Peachtree runners; there were probably very few entered in this year’s race that came to the starting line from a greater distance. Now since the Kordeckis live in Chamblee in DeKalb County, that might seem to be an unlikely possibility. However, the two Kordecki children originally started their journey in the People’s Republic of China. The Kordecki parents, both of whom will admit to being on the plus side of 60, twice travelled to China to adopt their two children. As a result, Hilary Ma ZiHong Kordecki collected her parents in Hefei, Anhui Province in February 1998, at age 18 months. Frank Li KangFei Kordecki did the same in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, in November 2002, at age 24 months.
Not surprisingly, Hilary runs track and cross country and swims at Marist School, and has been active in Tucker recreation and club soccer. Prior to this year, she had also run all six qualifying years (ages eight through 13) of the Peachtree Junior, a record to which her brother aspires. Frank enjoys his rec soccer and activities through Henderson Mill Elementary (DeKalb County Schools).