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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!

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.

Owl training to become KSU mascot

Owl training to become KSU mascot

KENNESAW, Ga. -- A great horned owl is in training to become Kennesaw State University's first live mascot.

Athletic Director Vaughn Williams said the idea for a live mascot surfaced a few years ago, but gained traction when the school's new football program was announced. KSU will have its first football game in 2015.

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The decision to bring on a live mascot was made by Williams and KSU President Dan Papp.

USA TODAY lists Atlanta's top haunted houses

USA TODAY lists Atlanta's top haunted houses

ATLANTA -- Are you in the mood for a scare this Halloween season?

11Alive partner USA TODAY features a list of Atlanta's best haunted attractions.

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The newspaper chose 10 of the top-ranked haunts to ensure local residents know where to go to become thoroughly spooked.

Run a 5K at Kennesaw Mountain

Run a 5K at Kennesaw Mountain

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Runners can challenge themselves with a 5K run up Kennesaw Mountain next month.

The second annual Assault on Kennesaw Mountain will be held Saturday, Oct. 12.

Runners will begin assembling at Marietta's Grace Community Church at 6 a.m. The race will be off and running at 7:30 a.m. sharp. Its course begins at the intersection of Kennesaw Avenue and Tower Road, follows Kennesaw Avenue's old running path and eventually winds to the national park, finishing in the parking lot atop the mountain.

Registration is $35 and includes a T-shirt. Proceeds from the race benefit the Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation.

Learn more and sign up at active.com.

Grace Community Church is located at 770 Kennesaw Avenue NW.