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Race this weekend: Back on My Feet

Race this weekend: Back on My Feet

ATLANTA -- Women everywhere are invited to participate in a 5K fundraiser this weekend.

The Back on My Feet 5K will benefit City of Refuge, a non-profit organization that helps "Atlanta's last, lost and least," according to its website.

The race will be held Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9 a.m. at City of Refuge. Advance registration is $35. Those who just want to attend a post-race breakfast and City of Refuge tour can do so for $25. It costs $50 to participate in the race, tour and breakfast.

Finishers will receive flowers and Mizuno technical T-shirts. Prizes will also be awarded to the top runners.

Learn more and sign up at backonmyfeet.org. Online registration closes Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 11:59 p.m.

City of Refuge is located at 1300 Joseph E. Boone Boulevard NW in Atlanta.

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.

Parents of Fulton Leadership Academy for Girls to present Links for Leadership Golf Tournament

Parents of Fulton Leadership Academy for Girls to present Links for Leadership Golf Tournament

ATLANTA -- Parents of participants in the Fulton County Leadership Academy for Girls (YLAG) will host their first Links for Leadership Golf Tournament on Monday, Oct. 7 beginning at 10 a.m.

The tournament will be held on the Wolf Creek Golf Course, which is located at 3000 Union Road in Atlanta.

The Links for Leadership Tournament is the first of what YLAG parents hope will become an annual event.

The purpose of the Fulton County YLAG is to develop young girls into resilient women who are able to confront the many challenges facing young women and prepare them to seize opportunities as they present themselves.

Initiated by Fulton County Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards, District 7, and supported by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, YLAG is one of the initiatives of the Call to Womanhood program. The program is sponsored by the Housing and Human Services Department, Office of Children and Youth.

Free Hawks playoffs tickets hidden around Atlanta

Free Hawks playoffs tickets hidden around Atlanta

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks have made it to the NBA Playoffs for the sixth year in a row, and the team is celebrating with a fun scavenger hunt for fans.

The Hawks will hide 50 foam fingers at various places throughout Atlanta on Thursday and Friday. Each finger will hold two tickets to a Hawks home game.

Fans who find the fingers are invited to tweet pictures of themselves with the hashtag #PlayoffFever. Everyone who tweets will be entered into a drawing to win VIP seats and a Hawks jersey signed by Josh Smith.

The Hawks have provided a few clues about where they plan to hide some of the fingers:

1. One of NBC's Thursday night comedies contains the name of several locations.

2. One location's tagline is "Weekends are overrated."

3. The Hawks plan to connect the East, West, North and South at one location.

2013 Georgia Rides to the Capitol to raise cycling support

2013 Georgia Rides to the Capitol to raise cycling support

ATLANTA -- The 2013 "Georgia Rides to the Capitol" event will be held through the city on Tuesday, March 26.

A spokeswoman for the ride said more than 1,000 cyclists are expected to participate, as part of the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association "GEORGIA BIKES!" program. The bike ride will be escorted by police, and run track through Decatur and Roswell. Leading the pack will be Commissioner Fred Boykin and Mayor Jere Wood, along with more city officials. 

During the "Georgia Rides to the Capitol" event, cyclists hope to raise support for other types of transportation through the metro region. Plus, they hope conditions will improve to allow easier cycling, including the development of regional systems and both on-road bicycling facilities and multi-use trails. 

Fulton residents encouraged to 'Walk Ga.'

Fulton residents encouraged to 'Walk Ga.'

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Cooperative Extension wants all residents to develop regular physical activity habits, get healthier and have fun while “walking across Georgia”.  Daily activities such as walking the dog, going for a jog and playing catch with the kids quickly add up to virtual miles that are used to “walk” across the state. 

“We invite all residents who made New Year’s resolutions to get fit and be healthier to join our initiative,” says Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Although this event is called Walk Georgia, any form of activity can be logged to track mileage.  The primary goal is to get moving.”