Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Summer’s Here … And So Are Plenty of Atlanta 5Ks

The temperature is rising, but that doesn’t mean the race schedule slows down. In fact, there are more than 25 road races taking place in the Metro Atlanta area just in the month of June. Lace up your shoes and join your neighbors.

Atlanta Children’s Shelter – June 11
This race takes place in Piedmont Park, which is a favorite spot for runners. As you probably guessed from the event title, proceeds support the Atlanta Children’s Shelter (ASC). The Shelter assists homeless families by providing free, quality daycare for children.

Hand Around the Hill/Race to House the Homeless – June 11
Grant Park is one of Atlanta’s loveliest historic neighborhoods and runners will get to see it up close during this 5K race. The event benefits two organizations dedicated to serving the homeless – Central Night Shelter and Central Outreach & Advocacy Center. The race starts at Talmadge Park, located at the corner of Mitchell and Washington Streets.

Dash4Dad – June 18
Here’s a unique way to celebrate the Father’s Day weekend-- run a 5K that raises money to prevent deaths from prostate cancer. The race kicks-off in the parking lot of the Dunwoody Home Depot at 8 a.m. All proceeds benefit ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer. It’s part of a nationwide series of races that support prostate cancer research.

Save Our Skin – June 25
In its 5th year, the Save Our Skin 5K aims to foster awareness about skin cancer. Dermatologists are on hand to provide free skin cancer screenings for participants from 7 to 10 a.m. The race takes place at Perimeter Mall.

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