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Atlanta Track Club announces new cross country event

Atlanta Track Club announces new cross country event

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- The first annual Atlanta Track Club Wingfoot XC Classic will be held this fall in Cartersville.

Track club executive director Rich Kenah said the competition for middle and high school athletes also aims to introduce community members to a type of running that may be new to them.

The event will feature several race distances up to a 5K, or 3.1 miles. Runners will travel on a variety of surfaces -- grass, dirt, gravel -- and battle traditional European cross country elements like logs and hay bales.

School cross country teams and the general public alike are invited to attend. Visit atlantatrackclub.org for more information; registration opens in August.

The event will be Saturday, Sept. 26 at Sam Smith Park, which is located at 1155 Douthit Ferry Road.

Run a half in 2015 | Wine and Chocolate

Run a half in 2015 | Wine and Chocolate

EMERSON, Ga. -- If a half marathon is on your list of goals for 2015, Georgia will host several 13.1-mile races throughout the year.

The Wine and Chocolate Half Marathon, a new Valentine's Day tradition, will be Saturday, Feb. 14 at LakePoint Sports Complex in Bartow County.

Runners will race through beautiful Emerson, then enjoy a post-race wine brunch and block party. All participants will receive T-shirts and goodie bags filled with chocolate and wine swag.

For those who aren't ready to tackle a half marathon, Wine and Chocolate also offers 5K and 10K options.

Registration prices are:

Half Marathon
* $80 through Jan. 15, $85 after
* $90 on race day

10K
* $60 through Jan. 15, $65 after
* $70 on race day

5K
* $50 through Jan. 15, $55 after
* $60 on race day

Race this weekend: Duck Dash

Race this weekend: Duck Dash

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Advocates for Children will hold a fun 5K and 10K in Cartersville this weekend.

The Duck Dash will be Saturday, May 17 at 8 a.m. Both races will begin at Cartersville Primary School.

All 5K and 10K runners will receive technical T-shirts. Children participating in the .7-mile fun run will get medals.

The cost is $35 for the 5K and 10K, and $10 for the fun run. Visit advochild.org for more information and to sign up.

Money raised by the races will go to Advocates for Children, which runs 10 programs that help kids who suffer from abuse and neglect.

Cartersville Primary School is located at 315 Etowah Drive.

Atlanta Track Club launches scholarship program

Atlanta Track Club launches scholarship program

(WXIA) -- Youth running groups, rejoice -- the Atlanta Track Club has created a scholarship program just for you.

The Peachtree Jr. Participant Challenge will award scholarships to the three organizations that have the most children registered for the 2014 Peachtree Jr. or Lil' Peach Dash.

The first place team will be given a $1,500 scholarship, a $1,250 cash donation from the Atlanta Track Club and $250 in Sports Authority store credit. Two runners-up will each get $750 scholarships, $500 donations and $250 in Sports Authority credit.

"Through the Peachtree Jr. Participant Challenge, we are able to give back to organizations that share our goal of inspiring children to be healthier and more active," Atlanta Track Club Executive Director Rich Kenah said in a release. "Atlanta Track Club is proud to partner with Sports Authority to offer these scholarships to provide extra motivation to keep kids moving."

AJC Peachtree Road Race registration is open!

AJC Peachtree Road Race registration is open!

ATLANTA -- It's that time of year again -- time to register for the world's largest 10K.

AJC Peachtree Road Race lottery registration is now open. It will close Saturday, Mar. 22 at 11:59 p.m.

Those who are chosen for the race will be informed by Tuesday, Mar. 25.

Visit ajc.com/peachtree to sign up.

The five finalists in the Peachtree T-shirt design contest have also been revealed. Vote for your favorite!

AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest open

AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest open

ATLANTA -- Calling all artists: the AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest is now accepting entries.

Designers have until Friday, Feb. 28 to submit their works of art. All entries will be whittled down to five finalists, which will be unveiled on ajc.com/peachtree on Saturday, Mar. 15.

No one will see the winning design until race day, when it will adorn tens of thousands of finishers' T-shirts.

"The AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest is a great way to showcase the work of our local artists, and we are always impressed with the entries we receive," Atlanta Track Club interim executive director Sue Payne said in a statement.

Whoever wins the contest receives $1,000, while each of the four finalists gets $100.

Look out for runners on Ga. 400

Look out for runners on Ga. 400

ATLANTA -- Don't be alarmed if you see a whole bunch of people running down Georgia 400 this weekend.

The Pay the Last Toll road race will be held Sunday, Nov. 17 at 8:30 a.m., and gives athletes one last opportunity to see the infamous toll booths before they are demolished.

Runners will begin at the Glenridge Connector in Sandy Springs and run south to Phipps Plaza. When they reach the toll booths, they will throw in their final 50 cents. All proceeds will go to charity.

Northbound lanes of Ga. 400 will be closed for the race from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.

Get more information about the race at georgiagames.org.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will also spend part of the weekend tearing down a MARTA pedestrian bridge on southbound Ga. 400.