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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.

Georgians win all divisions of Allstate 13.1

Georgians win all divisions of Allstate 13.1

CHAMBLEE, Ga. -- Georgia emerged triumphant in this year's Allstate Life Insurance Atlanta 13.1 Marathon and Hyundai Hope on Wheels 5K.

The races were held Saturday and saw more than 3,600 competitors take to the streets of Brookhaven and Chamblee.

Andrew Carwood won the men's division with a time of 1:17:39. It was the 34-year-old Marietta resident's first win.

"The weather was perfect, the course was tough and the race was extremely well organized," Carwood said after winning. "Being in my mid-thirties now, training and nutrition is extremely important. I owe my wife, Becky, a huge thanks for training with me and keeping me on a solid nutrition plan."

Atlanta resident Jonathan Koch placed second with a time of 1:18:59. Paul Duckett of Dallas, Texas, came in third at 1:19:31.

Spooktacular Chase returns to Smyrna

Spooktacular Chase returns to Smyrna

SMYRNA, Ga. -- Smyrna's spookiest race will return for its fifth year this October.

The Spooktacular Chase 5K and 1K raises money for Vision Rehabilitation Services of Georgia, which supports blind and vision-impaired Georgians.

This year's event will be Saturday, Oct. 19 at 8 a.m. It begins at Cobb Park, which is across the street from Campbell High School.

Great prizes are at stake, including commemorative medals and team awards. All runners will also go home with long-sleeve performance T-shirts.

Race entry is $25 before Sept. 30 and $30 after. Learn more and sign up at rungeorgia.com.

Vinings Downhill 5K returns in August

Vinings Downhill 5K returns in August

ATLANTA -- The popular Vinings Downhill 5K will return to Vinings Mountain next month.

This year's event will be held Saturday, Aug. 17 at 8 a.m. It boasts the steepest drop among all Atlanta-area 5K races: 280 feet.

Finishers have the option of choosing a T-shirt or a hat at the post-race party at Vinings Jubilee shopping center.

Registration is $30 and can be completed at viningsdownhill5k.com.

The Vinings Downhill 5K begins on Mt. Wilkinson Parkway and ends at the Lovett School.

Jonquil City Jog registration open

Jonquil City Jog registration open

SMYRNA, Ga. -- Smyrna's Jonquil City Jog 5K will be off and running on Saturday, Apr. 27.

The race, which is an AJC Peachtree Road Race qualifier, will begin at 8 a.m. at Smyrna City Hall. The out-and-back course takes runners down Atlanta Road, past the Village Green, Market Village and Campbell Middle School.

Proceeds from the Jonquil City Jog benefit the Campbell High School Education Foundation, Inc., which provides financial and community support to Campbell High students.

Pre-registration is $25 for the timed 5K and $15 for the tot trot and 1K fun run. The 5K fee goes up to $30 on race day.

Learn more and sign up for the Jonquil City Jog at active.com.

Smyrna City Hall is located at 2800 King Street.

Cobb Summer Camps approaching registration

Cobb Summer Camps approaching registration

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Registration will soon be open for Summer Camps in Cobb County. 

An official for Cobb County said camps this summer will cover a variety of interests, including arts and performance, recreation, tennis, golf, and therapeutics for those with special needs. Registration start dates and times vary across programs. A list is provided below.

Art Camps:

The Art Station - Big Shanty - March 14 - 9:30 a.m.

The Mable House Arts Center - March 12 - 9:30 a.m.

The Art Place - Mountain View - March 13 9:30 a.m.

Hyde and Seek - ARTventure Camp - March 13 9:30 a.m.

Art Performance Camps:

Jennie T. Anderson Theatre - March 26 - 9:30 a.m.

Recreation Center Day Camps:

Ron Anderson Recreation Center - April 15 - 6:00 p.m.

Fullers Recreation Center - April 16 - 6:00 p.m.

Fair Oaks Recreation Center - April 17 - 6:00 p.m.

Ward Recreation Center - April 18 - 6:00 p.m.


Teacher brings sports lessons in the classroom

Teacher brings sports lessons in the classroom

MARIETTA, Ga. -- On a recent afternoon, third graders at Eastside Elementary in Cobb County practiced running hurdles from Kevin Young - 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist in the 400 meter hurdles.

He towered over them, but his lesson on hard work and focus reached the level their teacher Kim Judge wanted them to learn.

"You need to make a schedule; you need to stick to it. You need to be organized," said Judge.

Judge continually talks of athletics.

"I've always been involved in sports. Basketball was my favorite, and track," said Judge. "If I didn't have the education component and do well in school, then the track would have been much more difficult."

She made all-conference at North Carolina State University for track and cross country.

As a teacher, she's big on sports lessons, such as teamwork.

"One person doesn't decide the outcome. Everybody has a certain role to play," said Judge.