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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.

Autumn 5K Pep Rally to support local schools

Autumn 5K Pep Rally to support local schools

HIRAM, Ga. -- The Paulding Education Foundation will hold its annual Autumn 5K on Saturday, Nov. 2.

The race will be held at the Hiram Trailhead of the popular Silver Comet Trail.

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It will begin at 8 a.m. and will be followed by a 1K fun run for young children.

Registration is $20 until Oct. 25 and $30 after. Paulding County students have their choice of running either race for only $5. Money raised by the event will benefit the foundation and its mission of promoting excellence within the school system.

VIsit pauldingeducationfoundation.com for more information or to register.

Race this weekend: Cornerstone Community Challenge 5K

Race this weekend: Cornerstone Community Challenge 5K

HIRAM, Ga. -- This year's Cornerstone Community Challenge 5K run and walk will be held Saturday, Oct. 5.

The fun begins at 8 a.m. at Cornerstone Chiropractic in Hiram.

Registration is $20, with proceeds benefiting Shepherd's Rest, a family crisis center in Paulding County.

A cash prize of $300 will be presented to the winner, while the male and female runners-up will each get $150.

Learn more and sign up at hiramchiropractic.com.

Cornerstone Chiropractic is located at 5886 Wendy Bagwell Parkway.

P.B. Ritch MS to host World Wide Day of Play

P.B. Ritch MS to host World Wide Day of Play

DALLAS, Ga. -- The Paulding County School District created its Activate for Kids initiative to encourage students to adopt healthier lifestyles.

The organization will host World Wide Day of Play 2013 at P.B. Ritch Middle School this Saturday, Sept. 21.

Activities include a boot camp session, kickball, tennis and basketball clinics, and an opportunity for children to join the NFL's Play 60 movement.

"We encourage students, their families and our community to participate in our Worldwide Day of Play events that encourage children to adopt healthy behaviors which, we hope, will develop into lifelong healthy habits," Activate for Kids school wellness coordinator Kimberly Blackmon said in a statement.

Learn more at paulding.k12.ga.us.