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Navy SEALs bringing legendary obstacle course race to Atlanta

Navy SEALs bringing legendary obstacle course race to Atlanta

CONYERS, Ga. -- Leaders of BattleFrog, the obstacle course race group founded by former U.S. Navy SEALs, have announced that due to the tremendous amounts of requests they have received they are bringing their legendary obstacle course race series back to metro Atlanta. The May race will be one of the first stops on the 2015 tour that will see the organization award more than $1 million in cash and prizes to competitors.

BattleFrog Atlanta will be held on Saturday, May 16 at Georgia International Horse Park (1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers). Last year’s event drew participants from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Activities begin at 7:30 a.m. and will feature heats for all participants and age levels, as well as an entire family-friendly experience that includes interacting with Navy SEALs, enjoying multiple attractions within the festival compound, and watching racers tackle BattleFrog’s obstacles.

Race this weekend: Rugged Maniac

Race this weekend: Rugged Maniac

CONYERS, Ga. -- Another obstacle race will challenge Atlanta-area runners this weekend.

Rugged Maniac will be held Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers.

Its three-mile course is packed with 25 obstacles involving mud, fire, water and even underground tunnels. All finishers receive a cotton T-shirt and a free beer to celebrate the achievement.

Last-minute registration is $90, plus $10 for parking. Students and military members get a $10 discount.

Learn more and sign up at ruggedmaniac.com.

The Georgia International Horse Park is located at 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway.

Public invited to trailhead events, ribbon cutting ceremony

Public invited to trailhead events, ribbon cutting ceremony

CONYERS, Ga. The Rockdale County Parks & Recreation Division is hosting free public events in June to celebrate new recreational features and facility improvements to its trails and at the Earl O’Neal Sports Complex.

On Saturday, June 14 from 8 a.m. to noon, the county encourages residents visit the various trailheads. For instance, visitors can start the trail at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit and ride their bikes the entire way, or take a leisurely walk along the path, Jackie Lunsford, Director of the County’s Recreation and Maintenance department, said.

“Right now we want everyone to save the date and make plans to come out and join us for what I’m sure will be a fun, relaxing day,” Lunsford said.

No registration is necessary.

Below is a full list of Try the Trail activities at trail sections in Rockdale on Saturday, June 14:

 

Mellow Mushroom hosting Sports Authority shopping spree contest

Mellow Mushroom hosting Sports Authority shopping spree contest

(WXIA) -- In honor of its role as sponsor of the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race, Mellow Mushroom is hosting a contest for the runners, athletes and weekend warriors in metro Atlanta.

The Atlanta-based pizza chain has debuted its Mellow Sports Sweep contest. Based on the old game show "Supermarket Sweep," the contest will give two lucky winners the opportunity to go on a 90-second shopping spree at Sports Authority.

To enter, create a 15-second Instagram video using #MellowSportsSweep explaining why you should win the contest.

The grand prize includes two race entries into the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race, one night at the W Atlanta - Buckhead, dinner for two at Mellow Mushroom and, of course, the Sports Authority sweep.

Rockdale Striders to participate in Georgia Parks and Recreation State Championship

Rockdale Striders to participate in Georgia Parks and Recreation State Championship

CONYERS, Ga. – The Rockdale County Department of Recreation & Maintenance – Parks and Recreation Division is excited to announce nine young members of the Rockdale Striders track and field team will hit the pavement this weekend to participate in at least 15 combined events at the 2014 Georgia Parks and Recreation Association Class A Hershey State Track Meet. The two-day event is May 9-10 at Westside High School Stadium in Augusta, Georgia.

Led by United States Track and Field Association certified track and field coach BJ Kennedy, the young athletes will participate in track and field categories such as the 1600-meter run, the high jump, long jump and softball throw.

The qualifying athletes recently placed in the top 3 in their respective events at the Georgia Parks and Recreation District 6 Class A meet in Henry County:

 

Reece Burton: Age 13

First place in the long jump

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!