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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!

Alpharetta rower wins national title

Alpharetta rower wins national title

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- A member of the Saint Andrew Rowing Club placed first in her age group at a recent major competition.

Isabel Castro won the 4-minute row for 12- and 13-year-old women at the C.R.A.S.H.-B Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championship in Boston last weekend. She rowed 1,011 meters in those four minutes, beating the second-place finisher by 60 meters. See the results.

The 7th grader has competed in a number of regional and national rowing competitions, earning American and world records in her age group in the process.

Castro lives in Alpharetta and attends Piney Grove Middle School in Cumming.

Learn more about the Saint Andrew Rowing Club at standrewrowing.com.

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.

Pee-wee hockey players need help to take on Canada

Pee-wee hockey players need help to take on Canada

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- The Atlanta Fire Hockey Club and The Cooler will host a weekend hockey tournament to raise money to send pee-wee hockey players to Quebec for an invitation-only tournament in February.

The 6th Annual Atlanta Freedom Cup will begin with one game on Friday night and continue through Monday the 20th at The Cooler in Alpharetta.

The fundraiser will help families pay to send their kids to the Pee Wee World Championship in Quebec City. Pee-wee level hockey is for kids ages 11, 12 and some turning 13.

The Quebec tournament is a big deal, since it draws more than 2,250 competitors from over 15 countries. 

Invitations for the Quebec Pee-Wee Tournament are extended to youth hockey organizations that have established a strong commitment to kids and sportsmanship. 

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.

Holcomb Bridge MS invites 'assisted athletes' to run 5K

Holcomb Bridge MS invites 'assisted athletes' to run 5K

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Holcomb Bridge Middle School's Holcomb Bridge Hustle 5K will be back for the third year next month.

The event has again partnered with the Kyle Pease Foundation to make the race accessible to athletes with disabilities. Competitors in racing wheelchairs are welcome to participate; several volunteers will be available to push them all the way to the finish line.

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"The Hustle 5K continues to exceed my expectations," Holcomb Bridge Middle principal Joy Schroerlucke said in a statement. "I'm very excited to see the turnout we will have at our third annual event this year."

Race co-chair Mike Buteau said partnering with the Kyle Pease Foundation made the 5K even more special.