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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.

Sequoyah HS equestrian wins national titles

Sequoyah HS equestrian wins national titles

CANTON, Ga. -- A rising junior at Sequoyah High School won two National Championship titles at a recent tournament.

Ashley Bates placed first in Hunter Over Fences and Hunter on the Flat at the Riders Interscholastic Federation of North America National Horse Show.

The tournament was held May 18 and 19 at In Your Dreams Farm in Alpharetta.

Bates is president of Sequoyah High's Equestrian Club.

Not picked for the Peachtree? No problem ...

Not picked for the Peachtree? No problem ...

ATLANTA -- The winners of the 2013 AJC Peachtree Road Race lottery were chosen Monday morning.

If you weren't picked, don't despair. There are still plenty of local 10Ks, half marathons and other ways to challenge yourself between now and Independence Day.

Here are a few of the upcoming races in metro Atlanta. All of them have options that are longer than a 5K (or 3.1 miles); all start times and costs listed are for the longer races.

Check active.com and Run Georgia year-round for all the events in the area.

Creekview HS welcomes new football coach

Creekview HS welcomes new football coach

CANTON, Ga. -- The Creekview High School community will get the chance to welcome its newest member Monday.

Terry Crowder has been named head football coach at the Canton school. A reception will be held in his honor at 7 p.m. on Feb. 11.

Crowder will begin his new position on Feb. 20.

"After an extensive search, we feel that Coach Crowder is a very good fit for our student-athletes," Creekview athletic director Dr. Kevin Higgins said in a statement. "We believe that Coach Crowder's expertise will help us strengthen the Creekview community spirit and provide an exciting atmosphere for all of our students and their programs."

RELATED | 48 Cherokee students earn college athletic scholarships

48 Cherokee students earn sports scholarships

48 Cherokee students earn sports scholarships

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Nearly 50 high school seniors at Cherokee County's six high schools committed to play college-level sports on National Signing Day.

PHOTOS | National Signing Day 2013

The talented student-athletes and their parents were honored at a special brunch at Northside Hospital-Cherokee in Canton on Wednesday.

Many of the students signed to prestigious NCAA Division I schools, including Georgia Tech, Harvard University, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the University of Georgia.

Cherokee County's National Signing Day signees are:

Cherokee High

* Tunde Ayinla, football
Committed to Mercer University

* Naomi Catt, softball
Committed to Alderson-Broaddus College

* Eli Dickens, baseball
Committed to Reinhardt University

* Alex Murfin, baseball
Committed to LaGrange College

Golf tournament raises $16K for Special Olympics

Golf tournament raises $16K for Special Olympics

CANTON, Ga. -- More than 120 golfers participated in a Nov. 3 tournament to raise money for the Cherokee County Special Olympics.

The tournament was sponsored by the BridgeMill Athletic Club Men's Golf Association. Participants raise $16,400 for the worthwhile cause.

Cherokee County Special Olympics coordinators Amy Aenchbacher and David Martinez said the money will be used to buy equipment and uniforms, and pay registration fees and travel expenses for the children who participate in Special Olympics.