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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!

Andee's Army 5K helps kids with non-traumatic brain injuries

Andee's Army 5K helps kids with non-traumatic brain injuries

SANDY SPRING, Ga. -- Andee’s Army, Inc.,  invites runners and fitness enthusiasts to register for the third annual Andee’s Army 5K Run/Walk event to be held March 22, 8:30 a.m., at Riverwood High School. The event started three years ago in honor of 17-year-old Andee Poulos of Sandy Springs, then a student at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, and supports children and their families who are receiving medical treatment for non‐traumatic brain injuries.

This year’s event will start and finish on Raider Drive after a popular two-year run on Mount Vernon at Holy Innocents'l. Organizers hope a change of course will prove popular with competitors at both the HIES and Riverwood communities. “The course change reflects the positive partnership between our private and public school communities in Sandy Springs. Both schools are overflowing with enthusiasm to provide volunteers and recruit runners to support Andee’s Army,” said Lisa Kennedy, board chairman of Andee’s Army.

Elana Meyers to visit Scottish Rite

Elana Meyers to visit Scottish Rite

ATLANTA -- Fresh off her silver medal win at the 2014 Winter Olympics, bobsledder Elana Meyers will visit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite next week.

The pride of Douglasville will stop by the Atlanta children's hospital on Monday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m.

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.

Holy Innocents' middle schoolers race to state championship — again

Holy Innocents' middle schoolers race to state championship — again

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Make that four straight state championships for the Holy Innocents' Episcopal School Middle School cross country program! Coach Gary Klingman and his young runners were dominant once again in Cochran Saturday morning, Oct. 19, with the girls taking third and the boys first, giving the Running Bears an overall top finish once again.

“This one was special because the kids wanted it so much,” Klingman said. “We didn’t have a runner in the top-10 and only one in the top 25 but we still won it. That just goes to show what we’ve been preaching all year – it’s not about winning the race but about running as a team! The kids ran in packs and that’s why we went home with the top trophy.”

If the title wasn’t enough, the Bears also came home with JV trophies – the girls JV took first out of 21 teams while the boys were third out of 21.