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Race this weekend: Tortoise and the Hare

Race this weekend: Tortoise and the Hare

CANTON, Ga. -- Runners of all speeds and skill levels are invited to participate in a half marathon in Cherokee County this weekend.

Tortoise and the Hare Racing's goal is for all participants to cross the finish line at about the same time. Half marathon runners are asked to provide their estimate finish times while registering; their starting times will be assigned based on those predictions. Those who run at tortoise speeds will begin the race first, while "hares" will start last.

The race will be Saturday, Sept. 6 at Boling Park in Canton. Race organizers describe the course as smooth with some rolling hills.

All runners will receive race T-shirts, while finishers will be given custom medals. The top male and female racers will receive spots on the 2015 Tortoise and the Hare Race Team.

Online registration is $55 and closes Wednesday, Sept. 3. Race day sign-up will also be available.

Race this weekend: 80s Rad Retro Run

Race this weekend: 80s Rad Retro Run

CANTON, Ga. -- Have you ever wanted to run a 5K dressed as your favorite 1980s personality?

You're in luck: the 80s Rad Retro Run will be held this weekend at Cagle's Family Farm in Canton.

The fun will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 10. Runners will receive T-shirts and be eligible for door prizes, while awards will be given to the top male and female finishers, and the first three male and female finishers in each age group.

Runners are encouraged to dress in 80s attire; there will be a costume contest. Some of the top hits from the 80s will be played during and after the race.

Registration is $35 and can be completed at tortoiseandthehareracing.com. Proceeds from the run will benefit Iris Ministries and Out of Darkness, two organizations working to combat human trafficking.

Cagle's Family Farm is located at 355 Stringer Road.

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!

Race this weekend: Faith Fight Finish

Race this weekend: Faith Fight Finish

CANTON, Ga. -- Last September, beloved wife, mother and teacher Gina Cook was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. Gina's son Josh decided to organize a 5K to show his mother that she is not alone in her cancer battle.

Faith Fight Finish: Gina Cook's 5K Race to Recovery will be held Saturday, Feb. 22 in downtown Canton. Packet pick-up begins at 7 a.m., with the run scheduled to start at 8 a.m.

Registration costs $35 for adults and $15 for children ages 5-12, and can be completed at runnersfit.com. All runners will receive T-shirts and bracelets.

The race will begin at Canton City Hall, which is located at 151 Elizabeth Street.

56 Cherokee students earn National Signing Day scholarships

56 Cherokee students earn National Signing Day scholarships

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Nearly 60 seniors at Cherokee County's six public high schools accepted sports scholarships on National Signing Day.

The scholar-athletes were recognized Wednesday during a special brunch at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center in Canton.

Highlights from the event included twin brothers Austin and Avery Smith signing baseball scholarships for the same college, and the awarding of the county's very first bowling scholarship.

COMPLETE COVERAGE | National Signing Day

Cherokee County's 2014 signees include:

Cherokee HS
* Victoria Cassidy, soccer, Reinhardt University
* Savanna Dover, softball, Southern Illinois University

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.