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Race this weekend: Gold Rush Festival

Race this weekend: Gold Rush Festival

VILLA RICA, Ga. -- Every year, Villa Rica celebrates its gold rush heritage with a festival, a parade -- and a 5K.

The 2014 Gold Rush Festival 5K will be Saturday, Sept. 6 in downtown Villa Rica. It starts at 8:30 a.m., giving runners plenty of time to conquer the course and then enjoy the 10 a.m. parade.

Registration is $20 and includes a race T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers, masters finishers and three finishers in each age group.

Visit villarica-mainstreet.com for more information.

The race will begin at Villa Rica United Methodist Church, which is located at 206 North Avenue.

Race this weekend: No Place Like Home

Race this weekend: No Place Like Home

BREMEN, Ga. -- No Place Like Home, the West Georgia ALS 5K, will be held this weekend in Bremen.

The race will be Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Bremen Parks and Recreation Department Gymnasium. Day-of registration opens at 7 a.m., with the race scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.

All runners will receive T-shirts, while awards will be given to the top male and female finishers in each age group.

Registration is $25 through race day. All proceeds will benefit Georgia's chapter of the ALS Association.

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Visit bremenrec.org for more information and to sign up. Bremen Parks and Recreation is located at 417 River Circle.

Race this weekend: Flash Dash

Race this weekend: Flash Dash

VILLA RICA, Ga. -- Villa Rica High School will host its first annual Flash Dash 5K this weekend.

The race will be Saturday, May 17 and is 1980's-themed, so runners are encouraged to dress in their favorite decade attire.

Race day registration opens at 8 a.m., and a kids' fun run will be at 9 a.m. The 5K will start at 9:30 a.m. and will be followed by a day of food and games on the football field.

The event is $20 for adults and $12 for kids. Proceeds will benefit the school's Cheer Cats Booster Club.

Visit active.com for more information and to sign up.

Villa Rica High is located at 600 Rocky Branch Road.

Race this weekend: Tortoise Run

Race this weekend: Tortoise Run

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Oak Grove Montessori School will hold a 5K and fun run fundraiser this weekend.

The Tortoise Run will be Saturday, Apr. 19. The 5K will be off and running at 8 a.m., while the 1-mile fun run will begin at 8:45 a.m.

Runners and walkers of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate. Awards will be given to the top male and female finishers of each races, as well as the first finishers in each age group.

Pre-registration is $20 for the 5K and $10 for both the fun run and a Tot Trot. Runners can sign up on race day for $25, but are not guaranteed a T-shirt.

For more information, visit oakgrovemontessori.com.

Oak Grove Montessori is located at 180 Oak Grove Road in Carrollton. All of Saturday's races will begin and end on campus.

Race this weekend: Run for UWG

Race this weekend: Run for UWG

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Blow off some steam before the weekend by running a 5K at the University of West Georgia.

The Run for UWG 5K will be held Thursday, Apr. 10. A 1-mile fun run will start at 6 p.m., while the 5K will be off and running at 6:30 p.m.

The race is the first activity in the university's Alumni Weekend. Learn more at westga.edu/alumni.

Registration is $20 for the general public and $12 for UWG students. Three-person relay teams can sign up for $35.

Both races will be held at UWG's Athletics Complex.

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!