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Falcons prepare for Minicamp

Falcons prepare for Minicamp

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga -- The OTAs are winding down at the Atlanta Falcons' headquarters in Flowery Branch.  The voluntary off season workouts have been well attended and the participation looks to be paying off.

With new Offensive and Defensive Coordinators, the team has spent the past few weeks digesting changes that are being put in place for the 2012 season.  Wide receiver Harry Douglas is glad the changes are taking place this year rather than last summer, when the NFL teams were locked out.  Douglas has spent time working special teams as a punt returner during OTAs and says "I did it some during my roookie season and fell in love with it."  It will be something to watch for during training camp.

Meanwhile, Head Coach Mike Smith was pleased with the level of participation and what the team has accomplished during the OTAs and says the upcoming Minicamp will be a continuation of what has been taking place the past few weeks.

Kids bowl free all summer at Stars and Strikes

Kids bowl free all summer at Stars and Strikes

ATLANTA -- Stars and Strikes bowling alleys are offering a great summer deal for families -- two free games of bowling every day.

The franchise has teamed up with Kids Bowl Free, a program that provides free bowling during the summertime months as a way of thanking the community for supporting local bowling alleys throughout the school year.

To take advantage of the free lane time, visit kidsbowlfree.com and sign up to receive daily free coupons in your email. Vouchers for two games are sent every day but Sunday through Aug. 31.

Stars and Strikes has locations in Cumming, Dacula, Dallas and Stone Mountain. Learn more at www.starsandstrikes.com.

New Academy Sports + Outdoors to open Friday

New Academy Sports + Outdoors to open Friday

HIRAM, Ga. -- Academy Sports + Outdoors is gearing up to open its fourth store in 12 months.

The newest location will be at 4215 Jimmy Lee Smith Parkway in Hiram.

To celebrate the franchise's recent success, the new store will invite children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Paulding County to a private shopping spree before the location opens to the public.

The shopping spree will take place on Thursday, Apr. 19; the store will officially open at 8 a.m. on Friday, Apr. 20. The first 70 customers in line on opening day will receive a free 20-inch Huffy youth bike.

Learn more about Academy Sports + Outdoors at www.academy.com.

Upcoming races, from 5Ks to triathlons

Upcoming races, from 5Ks to triathlons

ATLANTA -- The winners of the 2012 AJC Peachtree Road Race participant lottery were announced Monday.

If you weren't chosen, you still have plenty of other opportunities to run, jog, walk and enjoy a race day in the next few months.

Chattahoochee Tech finishes No. 1 in coaches' poll

Chattahoochee Tech finishes No. 1 in coaches' poll

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Tech's football team has been named champion of the National Club Football Association in the league's final coaches' poll released this week.

The Golden Eagles finished with 141 total points in the final poll, including seven first-place votes.

The National Club Football Association is a division of Collegiate Club Sports Leagues, a national organization that oversees college club sports.

Chattahoochee Technical College has had a football program for two years. It is the largest technical college in Georgia with an enrollment of more than 13,000 and has eight campus locations serving Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Gilmer, Paulding, and Pickens counties.

MARIETTA: Man collapses, dies after Gobble Jog

MARIETTA: Man collapses, dies after Gobble Jog

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Authorities say a man collapsed at the finish line of a 10K road race in Marietta and later died.

Allen Scott Gill, 53, of Paulding County was reportedly running in the annual Thanksgiving Day Gobble Jog with his wife, Rose.

Authorities say his wife was running about five minutes behind her husband and approached the finish line as emergency workers were performing CPR on Gill. He was pronounced dead at WellStar Kennestone Hospital.

An estimated 10,000 runners participated in the day's races.

Traffic impacted this Sunday due to Atlanta Marathon

Traffic impacted this Sunday due to Atlanta Marathon

 

Expect road closures on Sunday as runners discover Atlanta one mile at a time at the Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay on Sunday, October 30, 2011. The 26.2 mile urban course starts and finishes at Atlantic Station taking participants on a tour of Atlanta past well-known Atlanta sites and neighborhoods such as Georgia Tech, Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium, Turner Field, Grant Park, Oakland Cemetery, Martin Luther King Center, Piedmont Park, Buckhead and the famous Peachtree Road.

Below are some important resources for spectators and residents / businesses located along the course.