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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!

Clemson signs 6 Ga. students

Clemson signs 6 Ga. students

(WXIA) -- Six young men from Georgia will become Clemson Tigers in the fall.

The students committed to the South Carolina university Wednesday during National Signing Day festivities.

Recruits include:

* Adam Choice, running back
Lives in Thomasville
Attends Thomas County Central HS

* Demarre Kitt, wide receiver
Lives in Fayetteville
Attends Sandy Creek HS

* Kyrin Priester, wide receiver
Lives in Lilburn
Attends Brookwood HS

* Milan Richard, tight end
Lives in Savannah
Attends Calvary Day School

* Korie Rogers, linebacker
Lives in Flowery Branch
Attends Buford HS

* Deshaun Watson, quarterback
Lives in Gainesville
Attends Gainesville HS

COMPLETE COVERAGE | National Signing Day 2014

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.

Race to honor Georgia's fallen heroes

Race to honor Georgia's fallen heroes

BUFORD, Ga. -- An upcoming 5K/10K will pay homage to Georgia's soldiers who died in the line of duty.

The Fallen Heroes of Georgia 5K/10K will be held Saturday, Mar. 15 at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. Both races are AJC Peachtree Road Race qualifiers.

Registration for the 5K is $25 through Mar. 1, $30 through Mar. 9 and $35 on race day. The 10K costs $30 through Mar. 1, $35 through Mar. 9 and $40 on race day.

Proceeds from both races benefit Run for the Fallen and other charities created in memory of fallen Georgia soldiers.

More information, including course maps and packet pickup locations, can be found at fallenheroesofgeorgia.com.

Lake Lanier Islands Resort is located at 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway in Buford.

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.

Paint Mall of Ga. pink with a 5K

Paint Mall of Ga. pink with a 5K

BUFORD, Ga. -- Help raise money for breast cancer research by running a 5K in Buford.

The Great Gwinnett Road Run will be held Sunday, Oct. 6 at 8 a.m. at the Mall of Georgia. The entire race course is on mall property; it begins near P.F. Chang's and ends in front of the food court.

Registration is $28 until Oct. 1 and $30 after. It includes a long-sleeved T-shirt and admission to a post-race breakfast.

Proceeds from the race, nicknamed Paint the Mall Pink, will benefit the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund.

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