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Shop with a Jock takes kids on Falcons shopping spree

Shop with a Jock takes kids on Falcons shopping spree

ATLANTA -- Forty kids from the Odyssey Villas apartments in Vine City get a chance to go on a shopping spree this week with some of their football heroes.

The Shop with a Jock program pairs Atlanta Falcons players, including tight end Tony Gonzalez and wide receiver Julio Jones, with disadvantaged children for a Christmas shopping trip to Walmart.

The Walmart on Lawrenceville Suwanee Road in Suwanee has agreed to host the Shop with a Jock kids at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Participating children are selected through Odyssey Villas' Action Ministries Atlanta program.

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Kennesaw, S.C. residents win Atlanta Marathon

Kennesaw, S.C. residents win Atlanta Marathon

ATLANTA -- Nearly 2,500 people hit the streets of Atlanta Saturday for this year's Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay.

Kennesaw resident Reuben Mwei was the clear winner of the marathon. He broke through the tape at 2:23:25, more than eight minutes before the second place finisher, to take home the $1,000 grand prize.

Saturday's race was the 26 year old's first-ever marathon. He also won the Allstate Life Insurance Atlanta 13.1 Marathon on Oct. 7 with a time of 1:09:12.

The second man to cross the finish line was Marietta resident Malcolm Campbell, 41, whose final time was 2:31:26. Twenty-nine-year-old Justin Gillette of Goshen, Ind., winner of the 2011 Atlanta Marathon, placed third with a time of 2:36:27.

City of Atlanta hosts 1st Bicycle Expo!

City of Atlanta hosts 1st Bicycle Expo!

ATLANTA -- Bicycle commuters often look at me sideways for not riding my bicycle to work because I live closeby.  And I must confess, I'd save a lot of money, time and get some exercise to boot if I rode my new 10-speed to work.  During the month of October, the city of Atlanta is hosting its first Cycle Expo at City Hall in the atrium.

Make plans to join the Department of Planning and Community Development, Office of Sustainability and several of our transportation partners for a fun and informative event.

The city of Atlanta has seen a significant increase in the number of bicycle commuters and is committed to adding new bike lanes and routes where feasible.

Over the next three years, the city of Atlanta is poised to construct 34 miles of high-quality bicycle facilities

These projects include:

Meet Georgia's Paralympians

Meet Georgia's Paralympians

ATLANTA -- The 2012 London Paralympics begin Wednesday, and several Georgians are hoping to bring home the gold at the Games.

Learn who to root for here:

Richard Browne, 21, Athletics
Browne is a native of Jackson, Miss., and now attends Morehouse College in Atlanta. He suffered a below-the-knee amputation after an accident in 2009, but quickly bounced back to become a Paralympian. Browne will compete in the 100m, 4x100m and high jump. He won silver in the high jump and bronze in the 100m at the 2012 Paralympic Trials.

Falcons prepare for Minicamp

Falcons prepare for Minicamp

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga -- The OTAs are winding down at the Atlanta Falcons' headquarters in Flowery Branch.  The voluntary off season workouts have been well attended and the participation looks to be paying off.

With new Offensive and Defensive Coordinators, the team has spent the past few weeks digesting changes that are being put in place for the 2012 season.  Wide receiver Harry Douglas is glad the changes are taking place this year rather than last summer, when the NFL teams were locked out.  Douglas has spent time working special teams as a punt returner during OTAs and says "I did it some during my roookie season and fell in love with it."  It will be something to watch for during training camp.

Meanwhile, Head Coach Mike Smith was pleased with the level of participation and what the team has accomplished during the OTAs and says the upcoming Minicamp will be a continuation of what has been taking place the past few weeks.

Atlanta's ‘BEST WORLD MUSIC ACT’ Salutes Men on Father's Day

Atlanta's ‘BEST WORLD MUSIC ACT’ Salutes Men on Father's Day

ATLANTA -- You have seen them on NBC television network reality series “America’s Got Talent” and if you are a reality-show junkie, you remember them sharing  their high-energy dance experience with singer/songwriter Kandi Burruss and Attorney Phaedra Parks in connection with their travels to South Africa on BRAVO cable network top-rated reality series “Real Housewives of Atlanta”.

Now, the 19-year Atlanta-based ensemble GIWAYEN MATA, is going  to bring their ‘contagious’ high energy drum and dance to the Southwest Arts Center for Father's Day. Between educating audiences about African traditions and breaking barriers as an all-sistah ensemble in a male dominated percussion industry, its no wonder Creative Loafing Magazine named them "Best Local World Music Act" three times!

Upcoming races, from 5Ks to triathlons

Upcoming races, from 5Ks to triathlons

ATLANTA -- The winners of the 2012 AJC Peachtree Road Race participant lottery were announced Monday.

If you weren't chosen, you still have plenty of other opportunities to run, jog, walk and enjoy a race day in the next few months.