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Top 5 Tips for the Peachtree Road Race

Top 5 Tips for the Peachtree Road Race

ATLANTA -- The race is on! The Peachtree Road Race returns to Atlanta Wednesday, July 4. If you are one of the 60,000 who will be participating, are you ready?

Plenty of seasoned runners lace up for this 10K (6.2 mile) event, but it appeals to athletes of all fitness levels. We consulted with Jennifer Hopper, manager of the Piedmont Hospital Health and Fitness Club, to compile our top five tips to make the most of your experience if you are a beginner or intermediate runner planning to participate in the race.

Learn more from HealthWatchMD.

Falcons prepare for Minicamp

Falcons prepare for Minicamp

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga -- The OTAs are winding down at the Atlanta Falcons' headquarters in Flowery Branch.  The voluntary off season workouts have been well attended and the participation looks to be paying off.

With new Offensive and Defensive Coordinators, the team has spent the past few weeks digesting changes that are being put in place for the 2012 season.  Wide receiver Harry Douglas is glad the changes are taking place this year rather than last summer, when the NFL teams were locked out.  Douglas has spent time working special teams as a punt returner during OTAs and says "I did it some during my roookie season and fell in love with it."  It will be something to watch for during training camp.

Meanwhile, Head Coach Mike Smith was pleased with the level of participation and what the team has accomplished during the OTAs and says the upcoming Minicamp will be a continuation of what has been taking place the past few weeks.

Win a 1-year membership to a Canongate Golf club

Win a 1-year membership to a Canongate Golf club

ATLANTA -- On Monday, Canongate Golf rolled out an initiative to get Georgians to go outside and play -- preferably on the links -- this summer.

This "Play" platform encourages metro Atlanta residents to spend some time outdoors, now that summer break is in full swing. The movement centers around an Environmental Protection Agency statistic, which says that Americans spend about 90 percent of their time indoors.

"At Canongate, we believe that golf can truly have a positive impact on the quality of life and have seen its effects firsthand through our members," Canongate Golf president and CEO Joe Guerra said in a statement. "We have challenged ourselves to create an array of programs and packages that make the sport more accessible and enjoyable for the entire family."

To celebrate the Play program, Canongate is giving locals a chance to win a free one-year membership to any of its 23 clubs throughout the metro area.

Youth triathlon this weekend

Youth triathlon this weekend

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Get ready to run, swim and bike your way to victory.

The 2012 PTC Youth Triathlon will be held at Glenloch Recreation Center this Saturday, June 9.

The race, which begins at 8 a.m., is split into two groups: Juniors (ages 6-10) and Seniors (ages 11-15). Juniors will complete a 50-yard swim, three-mile bike ride and half-mile run; Seniors must finish a 100-yard swim, six-mile bike ride and mile run.

All finishers will receive medals, water bottles and T-shirts, while additional awards will be given to the top three males and females in each age group.

Learn more and register for the event at Active.com. Registration closes Thursday morning.

Glenloch Recreation Center is located at 601 Stevens Entry.

Test drive the PTC Dragon Boats this weekend

Test drive the PTC Dragon Boats this weekend

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- The annual Peachtree City Dragon Boat Races and International Festival will return in the fall, but residents have the opportunity to get ready (and get excited) this weekend.

The Peachtree City Rotary Club is offering an open session for people who want to try out the Dragon Boats.

It will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 19. The event will also give residents, business owners and neighborhood groups a chance to form teams for the race, which will be held in September.

Learn more about the Dragon Boat Races at www.ptcdragonboats.org.

Register for the All-American 5K

Register for the All-American 5K

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Registration is now open for the 2012 All-American 5K benefitting American Legion Post 50.

RELATED | More upcoming races, from 5Ks to triathlons

The race will be held Saturday, May 26 at 8 a.m. at the Frederick J. Brown Amphitheater. Participation is $25 and includes a T-shirt.

Learn more about the race. You can also register to run through the Peachtree City Running Club's website, www.ptcrc.com.

The amphitheater is located at 201 McIntosh Trail in Peachtree City.

Canongate hosting league for budding golfers

Canongate hosting league for budding golfers

ATLANTA -- Canongate Golf has announced plans for a summertime PGA Junior Golf League for children under age 13.

The league is designed to give budding golfers a less stressful environment to learn the game, practice and compete.

Get more information about the PGA Junior Golf League.

The price for the five-week league session is $165 for Canongate members and $200 for non-members. Registration closes on Sunday, May 6.

Canongate owns 23 golf clubs throughout metro Atlanta and north Georgia, most of which will participate in the junior league program.

Acworth
Bentwater Golf Club (100 Golf Links Drive)

Cumming
Windermere Golf Club (5000 Davis Love Drive)

Dacula
Hamilton Mill (1995 Hamilton Mill Parkway)