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Race this Weekend: Celebrate Freedom

Race this Weekend: Celebrate Freedom

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Celebrate Freedom Festival will kick off this year's event with a 5K and 10K race in Marietta.

Both events will be held Saturday, Aug. 30 at Jim R. Miller Park. Registration opens at 6 a.m., with the 10K scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. The 5K will be off and running at 7:40 a.m.

Awards will be given to the first finishers overall, the first masters finishers and the top runners in each age group. All participants will receive T-shirts, goodie bags and two tickets to Celebrate Freedom, a free Christian music festival featuring such artists as Steven Curtis Chapman, Montell Jordan and Tenth Avenue North.

The 5K costs $30 in advance, while the 10K is $35. The prices go up to $40 for the 5K and $45 for the 10K on race morning.

Visit rungeorgia.com for more information and to sign up.

Race this weekend: Vinings Downhill

Race this weekend: Vinings Downhill

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The 2014 Vinings Downhill 5K will be off and running this weekend.

The 5K will be Saturday, Aug. 16 at 8 a.m. in front of the Printpack building. The course drops about 280 feet, ending at the Lovett School in nearby Buckhead. A 1K fun run will start at 9 a.m. at the Vinings Jubilee shopping center.

Finishers will receive their choice of a blended T-shirt or running hat. They will also be admitted to a post-race celebration at Vinings Jubilee. 5K participants can choose to walk from Lovett to Vinings Jubilee (about half a mile) or take a shuttle.

Registration is $30 in advance and $40 on race day. Proceeds from the race will go to the Rotary Club of Vinings, which benefits a number of local causes like MUST Ministries, Cobb Christmas and Breakthrough Atlanta.

Visit viningsdownhill5k.com for more information.

Mellow Mushroom hosting Sports Authority shopping spree contest

Mellow Mushroom hosting Sports Authority shopping spree contest

(WXIA) -- In honor of its role as sponsor of the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race, Mellow Mushroom is hosting a contest for the runners, athletes and weekend warriors in metro Atlanta.

The Atlanta-based pizza chain has debuted its Mellow Sports Sweep contest. Based on the old game show "Supermarket Sweep," the contest will give two lucky winners the opportunity to go on a 90-second shopping spree at Sports Authority.

To enter, create a 15-second Instagram video using #MellowSportsSweep explaining why you should win the contest.

The grand prize includes two race entries into the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race, one night at the W Atlanta - Buckhead, dinner for two at Mellow Mushroom and, of course, the Sports Authority sweep.

Former Harlem Globetrotter speaks out against bullying

Former Harlem Globetrotter speaks out against bullying

(WXIA) -- A former Harlem Globetrotter will visit two Atlanta-area schools this week to teach children how to work together to prevent and stop bullying.

TyRone "Hollywood" Brown will stop by Norton Park Elementary School in Smyrna and Heritage Academy in southeast Atlanta on Tuesday, May 6. Both visits are sponsored by Gas South.

Brown is an ambassador for P.R.O. Kids Group, a non-profit organization that helps young people combat peer pressure. The group was founded by Harlem Globetrotters alumni.

Students at both schools will also receive copies of A Piece of Paper, a children's book written by Brown.

"This is such a unique opportunity for our students, and they could not be more excited to meet a Harlem Globetrotters alumnus in person," Doug Daughterty, principal of Norton Park Elementary, said in a statement.

Learn more about P.R.O. Kids Group at pkidsg.com.

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.