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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!

Race this weekend: Run/Walk to End Domestic Violence

Race this weekend: Run/Walk to End Domestic Violence

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The Autumn Hills Foundation will hold a 5K fundraiser this weekend.

The Run/Walk to End Domestic Violence will be Saturday, Feb. 22 at Hobbs Farm Park in Carrollton. Registration opens at 9 a.m., with the race scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

The race costs $35 for runners who are at least 13 years old and $15 for those ages 6 to 12. Runners aged 5 and younger race for free. All participants will be entered into a raffle to win a 50-inch flat screen TV and other prizes.

Proceeds from the run will benefit a scholarship program for domestic violence victims.

Learn more and sign up for the race at autumnhillsfoundation.com.

Hobbs Farm Park is behind Grace Covenant Church, which is located at 1147 Rome Street.

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.

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.

UWG searching for head football coach

UWG searching for head football coach

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The University of West Georgia will begin searching for a new head football coach this fall.

The current coach, Daryl Dickey, is also the school's athletic director. Because the athletics program at UWG is growing rapidly, Dickey will give up his coaching duties at the end of the upcoming season to focus exclusively on the athletic director position.

"It has been a pleasure and honor to serve our university as athletic director and head football coach," Dickey said in a statement. "We have made a great deal of progress in a short period of time, and we are excited about the future of our athletic program at the University of West Georgia."

UWG president Dr. Kyle Marrero said Dickey's transition is a perfect reflection of the university's recent growth.