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Run this weekend: Emory Best Buddies

Run this weekend: Emory Best Buddies

ATLANTA -- Emory University will host a 5K this weekend to raise money for Best Buddies, a non-profit that serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The race will be Saturday, Feb. 22. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m., and the actual run will begin at 11 a.m. The course starts on Asbury Circle and winds through Lullwater Park on Emory's Druid Hills campus.

Visit emory.edu for more information and to register.

2nd annual Race for the Arts 5K Run/Walk

2nd annual Race for the Arts 5K Run/Walk

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.

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.

5K to raise money for Winshp Cancer Institute

5K to raise money for Winshp Cancer Institute

ATLANTA -- Emory University's Winship Cancer Institute will hold a fundraising 5K next month.

The Winship Win the Fight 5K will be held Saturday, Oct. 5 at Emory's McDonough Field. Packet pickup will begin at 7 a.m., with the race scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m.

Registration is $30 for walkers and joggers, and $35 for runners. All participants will receive T-shirts and are invited to set up fundraising pages for the cancer center.

Visit winship5k.org for more information and to sign up.

McDonough Field is located at 26 Eagle Row. Free parking will be available in the Peavine and Michael Street decks.

DeKalb Family Fun Day rescheduled

DeKalb Family Fun Day rescheduled

LITHONIA, Ga. -- The sixth annual DeKalb Family Fun Day has been rescheduled.

DeKalb Family Fun Day will be Sunday, Aug. 25 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Bransby Outdoor YMCA at Rock Chapel in Lithonia. It was originally scheduled for this Sunday, Aug. 11, but was cancelled due to predicted bad weather.

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The festival will feature food, entertainment, games and vendors. Residents are encouraged to bring donations of school supplies for needy children in the community.

Past DeKalb Family Fun Days have resulted in attendance of 3,000 people -- which means the festival needs plenty of volunteers to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Emory to host Special Olympics

Emory to host Special Olympics

ATLANTA -- Special Olympics Georgia's State Summer Games will be held this weekend at Emory University.

More than 1,800 athletes and coaches from across Georgia will compete in a number of events, including flag football, gymnastics, soccer, tennis and volleyball.

"We look forward to the summer games weekend at Emory University and are excited for the arrival of all the athletes, coaches and volunteers," Special Olympics Georgia CEO Georgia Milton-Sheats said in a statement. "We know there will be tough competition, but the athletes have trained hard and will do their personal best."

The games are open to the public and free to attend. Learn more at specialolympicsga.org.