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The Impossible 5K is Off and Running in Kennesaw

KENNESAW, GA -- People say that runners are crazy, and they're going to prove it on Sunday, Nov. 7 by running the Impossible 5K . . . in the middle of the night.

The Impossible 5K is the first annual Daylight Savings Time road race. Runners will take off from the starting line just before the clock rolls back and, therefore, cross the finish line "before" they started.

The race will begin at 1:50 a.m. on Nov. 7 at Town Center Mall (400 Ernest W. Barrett Parkway, Kennesaw, 30144). The course is two times around the inner loop of the mall, making it flat, well-lit and free of traffic.

The registration fee for the Impossible 5K is $20 before Nov 2. and $25 after. All proceeds from the race will benefit 65 Roses, an affiliate of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

International Soccer Match to be Played at Kennesaw State

KENNESAW, GA -- On Thursday, Oct. 21, the Atlanta Beat of Women's Professional Soccer joined the Guatemalan General Consul and vice-president of the Guyana Association of Georgia at a press conference, which announced that the opening match of the El Patron International Soccer Series will take place at the Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium.

The match marks the first men's international friendly held at the brand new, 8,300-seat soccer-specific stadium, which functions primarily as home to the Atlanta Beat and the KSU Owls NCAA-Division I women's soccer program.

"As we announce the first high-level men's soccer game at KSU Soccer Stadium featuring senior national teams from Guatemala and Guyana, we welcome the first of many exciting match-ups in the El Patron International Soccer Series," said Scott Spencer, director of special events for the Atlanta Beat.

Kennesaw Teen Named Semifinalist for SportsKid of The Year

KENNESAW, GA -- She's a stellar athlete, a good student and a volunteer for several local organizations. Now, Kendell Williams also has the chance to be a cover girl.

Williams, 15, of Kennesaw is one of 10 semifinalists to become the 2010 Sports Illustrated Kids' SportsKid of The Year. She now competes to become one of three finalists for the title.

The SportsKid of The Year will be featured on the December cover of SI Kids, honored at SI's annual Sportsman of the Year award celebration in New York City and appear on Cartoon Network's first-ever Hall of Game awards show in early 2011.

According to her biography on the SI Kids website, Williams is a record-setting track & field star at Kell High School in Marietta.

Annual Bikers for Babies to Benefit March of Dimes

KENNESAW, GA -- It's full steam ahead for stronger, healthier babies. On Saturday, Sept. 18, die-hard bikers and weekend warriors will hit the road to raise urgently-needed funds for the March of Dimes and its mission to improve the health of all babies.

Registration for Bikers for Babies begins at 9:00 a.m., and kickstands go up at 11:00 a.m. for the official start of the ride.

Running for a Cause at Kennesaw State

KENNESAW, GA -- The third annual Run for Recovery 5K took place on Saturday, Sept. 11 on the campus of Kennesaw State University. Runners of all ages came out to tackle the 3.1 mile course in the beautiful late-summer weather.

After the race, participants were rewarded with T-shirts and treated to refreshments provided by race sponsors and local businesses. The top three men's and women's finishers received cash prizes.

The proceeds of the 5K went to the Collegiate Recovery Center, which provides KSU students with the resources for an alternative lifestyle to the one of drugs, alcohol and other risky behaviors, according to its website.

For more information about the CRC, email the center or call 678-797-2538.