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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.

Registration open for Peachtree City Marathon Relay

Registration open for Peachtree City Marathon Relay

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- There's still time to sign up for the upcoming Peachtree City Marathon Relay.

The race will be held Saturday, June 7 at Drake Field. Registration closes Friday, May 30.

In a marathon relay, four people get together to form a team. Each team member runs a 10K (or 6.2-mile) leg. Teams are assigned based on the speed and skill level of each participant, with the goal of having every team complete the race at roughly the same time.

Best of all -- thanks to the generosity of several sponsors, including the Peachtree City Running Club and Tri-PTC, runners can participate for free!

Learn more and sign up for the marathon relay at ptcrc.com.

Drake Field is located at 155 Willowbend Road next to the Peachtree City Library.

Race this weekend: Huddleston Huddle

Race this weekend: Huddleston Huddle

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- The final race in this year's Peachtree City Rotary Club Elementary Grand Prix Race Series will be held this weekend at Huddleston Elementary School.

The Huddleston Huddle will be Saturday, Apr. 19. A fun run will begin at 8 a.m., with a kids' marathon and a 5K scheduled to start after the youngest runners finish their race.

Registration is $20 for the 5K, $15 for the kids' marathon and $12 for the fun run. Checks can be delivered to the school, which is located at 200 McIntosh Trail. Contact Nancy Gibbs at 770-714-1352 or gibbs.nancy@mai.fcboe.org for more information.

Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each race, as well as the top three finishers in each age group.

Visit huddlestonelementary.org for more information.

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!

Summer gold medalist cheers on Kyle Carr

Summer gold medalist cheers on Kyle Carr

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- Two-time gold medalist Barbara Jones Slater is partial to the Summer Olympics, but she's intrigued by the short track speed skaters in Sochi.

"Only thing is, the relay's kinda confusing," she told 11Alive's Jennifer Leslie. "It's not like our relay."

Jones Slater made history in running shoes, not speed skates, during the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.

She was-and still is-the youngest female to win an Olympic gold medal in track & field. She was 15.

"Standing up on that podium, even when I hear the Star-Spangled Banner today, I get that thrill, that chill," she said.

She was part of the 4x100 meter relay team and went on win a second gold in the same event in Rome in 1960.

One of her teammates that year was Wilma Rudolph.

"Are your teammates like your family or even closer?" Leslie asked.