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BEST SPOTS: To Run in the City

BEST SPOTS: To Run in the City

ATLANTA -- For this week's edition of Best Spots, we have compiled a list of best places to run for beginners, intermediate and advanced runners.

Recently, running has risen in popularity due to people discovering the different benefits it offers. Running has been proven to lessen stress, aid in weight loss and can serve as a method of meditation. According to the Seattle Times, 26.5 million people in the US run 50 days out of the year.

  • Beginners Routes

The Silver Comet Trail is known as “the only truly flat place you can run in Atlanta”. The trail starts near Mavell Road in Smyrna and runs all the way to the Georgia/Alabama line, near Cedartown and Esom. The trail is a favorite among runners searching for a leisurely stroll and good scenery.

BEST SPOTS: Golf Clubs and Courses

BEST SPOTS: Golf Clubs and Courses

ATLANTA – For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of the best golf courses in for you to take a break and tee it off while the weather is nice.

The Dunwoody Country Club facility offers 18-holes of golf. The course is nicknamed “Dunwoody” and it features 7,002 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course is composed of Bermuda grass and it was designed by Willard C. Byrd of the ASGCA.

Membership to this club is invite only as it is seen as a premiere course in Atlanta. The course is located at 1600 Dunwoody Club Drive.

North Fulton Course was first designed in 1937 by Chandler Egan in collaboration with Walter Hagen and Atlanta's greatest golfer, Bobby Jones. The course is located in the heart of Chastain Park, Atlanta's largest park.

The course is also on the site of an ancient Creek Indian Village.

Top junior golfers to compete in Rome Classic

Top junior golfers to compete in Rome Classic

ROME, Ga. -- Coosa County Club in Rome will welcome the nation's top junior golfers for the 12th consecutive year to the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic in June.

Staged by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), the 96-player tournament field includes juniors from 10 states and the District of Columbia, as well as players from Canada, Mexico and Venezuela.

The field boasts 45 golfers from Georgia.

The Classic will be held Monday, June 13 through Thursday, June 16. Coosa Country Club is located at 110 Branham Avenue in Rome.

Highlighting the Boys Division this year is Patrick Grahek. The high school senior from Alpharetta, who has signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Notre Dame, took second place at the 2010 W. Duncan MacMillan Classic at Rush Creek in Maple Grove, Minn.

BEST SPOTS: Summer Camps for Kids

BEST SPOTS: Summer Camps for Kids

BUCKHEAD, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of the best summer camps for your children, this year.

Camp Best Friends is accepting applications for the 2011 summer season. The program has been serving children ages 5-16 throughout the metro area for about 30 years. The program is comprised of eight specialty camps, 12 day camps, two traditional teen camps and one pilot teen camp. Camp starts on May 31 and runs until July 22; an extended camp will be held at Adams Park, Peachtree Hills and Rosel Fann Parks and they will start July 25 and August 5. Camp costs $65 per week/per child for Atlanta resident and City of Atlanta employees and $110 for non-residents.

YMCA Centers are the nation’s largest provider of child care services and there are a number of YMCA centers around the metro area.

North Fulton explores softball league

North Fulton explores softball league

MILTON, Ga.

Metro Atlanta celebrates warm weather, water safety

Metro Atlanta celebrates warm weather, water safety

ATLANTA -- The weather is finally getting warmer, which means it's the perfect time to visit one of the many pools in Metro Atlanta.

The 11Alive Web Team has compiled a list of public pools located throughout North Georgia:

* Northeast Metro
Clarke, Forsyth, Gwinnett and Hall Counties

* South Metro
Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Henry and South Fulton Counties

* Intown and North Fulton
Also includes DeKalb County

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Register for the Celebrate America 5K/10K

Register for the Celebrate America 5K/10K

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Training for the Peachtree Road Race? You only have a month and a half left!

If you're looking for a great warm-up, why not run in a race on Memorial Day?

The 16th annual Celebrate America 5K/10K will be off and running at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, May 30. The race begins at the New Balance Running Store near North Point Mall (7300 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta, 30022).

Net proceeds from the races will benefit Canine Assistants, Happy Tails and other local charities.

For more information about the Celebrate America 5K/10K, call 678-795-0115.