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U.S. 10K Classic Draws Thousands to Cobb

COBB COUNTY, GA -- The sun came up on a perfect racing morning on Labor Day as more than 11,000 people gathered at the starting line of the 17th annual U.S. 10K Classic.

It was cool for the start of the race, which combines four different sports in one event.

Cyclists, inline skaters, wheelchair racers, runners and walkers started their races about five minutes apart, beginning at 7:15 a.m.

"I just get excited by the bikes and inline skates," said Carol Lewis. "The wheelchairs are what overwhelm me the most, seeing what those guys can do."

Over the past 17 years, the race has raised more than $5 million for 28 children's charities, including the World Children's Center, which will be ready to open in Haralson County next year.

"I'm a sucker for kids," said Khadijah Sokera. "I have a 10-year-old. This is my passion. It's a great cause."

Today's race also featured several flash mobs generating buzz about tomorrow's launch of a the Weather Information Zone on 11Alive.  The Weather Information Zone will change the way you get weather and debuts at 6 pm Tuesday.  You can see video of the flash mobs at facebook.com/11Alive.  

The race shut down Cobb Parkway from the start at Cumberland Mall to the finish at Six Flags White Water.

Along the way, there was plenty of company, plus several intimidating hills.

"It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be," said runner Hugh Armitage. "But it's tougher than the Peachtree."

It is a much different race than the Peachtree Road Race on July 4th.

But this, too, has become a holiday tradition.