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Elementary Grand Prix Race Series begins Oct. 4

Elementary Grand Prix Race Series begins Oct. 4

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Peachtree City Rotary Club has announced the 2014-15 lineup of its popular Elementary Grand Prix Race Series.

The series was started in 2005 as a way to curb childhood obesity in Peachtree City and Fayette County. Every elementary school in the county hosts a 5K to encourage students and their families to run and to lead active, healthy lives.

Last year's series raised about $100,000 for the rotary club and local schools.

Participants earn points at each race; the higher they place in their age groups, the more points they earn. The top three finishers in each age group will receive plaques and be recognized at a special rotary club reception in May.

This year's schedule includes:

Saturday, Oct. 4
Fayetteville Elementary 5K
(490 Hood Avenue)

Saturday, Oct. 25
Peeples Elementary 5K
(153 Panther Path)

Several roads closed Saturday for half marathon

Several roads closed Saturday for half marathon

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Thousands of "divas" are scheduled to descend on Peachtree City this weekend for the Divas Half Marathon and 5K.

REGISTER | How to 'Run Like a Diva' this weekend

Runners will pound the pavement on some of the city's roads and cart paths for much of Saturday morning. Several roads will be closed to accommodate the race.

Cameron Trail
* Delays from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the cart path crossing

Holly Grove Road
* Southbound lane closed from 7:55 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. between Robinson Road and Aster Ridge Trail

Football, cheerleading registration closes Saturday

Football, cheerleading registration closes Saturday

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Parents still have time to sign their children up for youth football and cheerleading.

The Peachtree City Chiefs Youth Football program is open to kids ages 5-14.

Registration is $250 for each football player, which includes a jersey and pants to keep, and use of shoulder pads and a helmt. For cheerleaders, the cost is $250 for sideline cheer and $400 for competitive cheer.

Both programs are sponsored by the Peachtree City Recreation Department.

Visit peachtree-city.org for more information and to sign up. In-person registration can be completed at Kedron Fieldhouse, but must be done by this Saturday, June 14.

Race this weekend: Goliath Mud Challenge

Race this weekend: Goliath Mud Challenge

TYRONE, Ga. -- A race that past participants have called "awesome" and "the best event ever" will return in 2014.

The Goliath Mud Challenge will be held Saturday, May 31 on property owned by Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Goliath challenges teams to complete 18 obstacles on a 5K course, working together to make it to the end. Runners begin the race in waves, depending on their skill levels.

Registration opens at 7 a.m. It costs $65 to participate; military, first responder and police runners can sign up for only $50. There is also a $25 one-mile option for children.

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

The Christ Our Shepherd property is located at 411 Palmetto Road in Tyrone.

Mellow Mushroom hosting Sports Authority shopping spree contest

Mellow Mushroom hosting Sports Authority shopping spree contest

(WXIA) -- In honor of its role as sponsor of the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race, Mellow Mushroom is hosting a contest for the runners, athletes and weekend warriors in metro Atlanta.

The Atlanta-based pizza chain has debuted its Mellow Sports Sweep contest. Based on the old game show "Supermarket Sweep," the contest will give two lucky winners the opportunity to go on a 90-second shopping spree at Sports Authority.

To enter, create a 15-second Instagram video using #MellowSportsSweep explaining why you should win the contest.

The grand prize includes two race entries into the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race, one night at the W Atlanta - Buckhead, dinner for two at Mellow Mushroom and, of course, the Sports Authority sweep.

Several roads to close for triathlon

Several roads to close for triathlon

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- The Peachtree International and Supersprint Triathlon will be held this Saturday, May 17 in Peachtree City.

This year, the swim has moved from Lake Peachtree to the new Lake McIntosh. Because of this, the race route has changed from last year's event.

Participants will travel from Lake McIntosh to Dividend Drive. From there, they will cover McIntosh Trail, Robinson Road, Spear Road, Paschal Road and head back to Dividend.

Drivers should expect considerable delays in those areas from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. About 25 police and sheriff's officers will be on hand to control traffic.

Learn more about the event at tri4gold.org; registration is still open.

Divas Half Marathon coming to Peachtree City

Divas Half Marathon coming to Peachtree City

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- A popular women's half marathon will stop in metro Atlanta this fall, bringing boas, tiaras and lots of "divas" to the area.

The Divas Half Marathon and 5K will be held Saturday, Sept. 6 at Shakerag Knoll in Peachtree City.

The race is designed to celebrate women and encourage them to complete -- and enjoy -- a race. Its course winds along Peachtree City's beautiful streets and multi-use paths, all leading up to a finish line extravaganza with roses, champagne and even a concert by rock star Bret Michaels.

Runners will receive tiaras and feather boas during the race, and medals and fitted tech shirts once they are done.

Half marathon registration is $90 through June 15, $100 between June 16 and Sept. 3, and $120 on race weekend. Registration for the 5K is $50 through June 15, $65 between June 16 and Sept. 3, and $75 at the pre-race expo.