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Holy Innocents' equestrians riding into zone finals

Holy Innocents' equestrians riding into zone finals

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- The HIES Equestrian Club Team rode into the Olympic Horse Park in Conyers early last Saturday morning, Feb. 23,  with high hopes. If they could finish either first or second among the 22 competing teams, they’d earn a trip to the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Zone 4 finals in Ocala, FL, March 22-24.

Be the Change 5K to benefit pregnancy center

Be the Change 5K to benefit pregnancy center

CONYERS, Ga. -- Run a 5K this weekend to benefit a good cause in Rockdale County.

The Be the Change 5K raises money for the Refuge Pregnancy Center in Conyers.

The fun begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Olde Town Conyers Welcome Center on Railroad Street.

Registration is $25 through Dec. 4 and $30 after. Finishers will receive a T-shirt and plenty of refreshments at the finish line.

For more information or to register for the Be the Change 5K, visit active.com or btcfit.com.

Turkey Trot to support children's center

Turkey Trot to support children's center

CONYERS, Ga. -- Elks Aidmore Children's Center in Conyers will host its 14th annual Turkey Trot 5K and fun run this weekend.

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The race will be held at the center on Saturday, Nov. 17. The 5K will be off and running at 9 a.m., while the 1-mile fun run is scheduled for a 9:20 a.m. start.

Race day registration is $25, but runners can save $5 and be guaranteed a long-sleeved T-shirt by registering online on Friday. Pre-registration is $10 for runners aged 8 and younger; it is $15 on race day.

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Funds raised by the race will support programs for children in foster care.

Elks Aidmore Children's Center is located at 2394 Morrison Road.

Ice skating rink opens Friday

Ice skating rink opens Friday

CONYERS, Ga. -- The ice rink in the Olde Town Conyers Pavilion will open for the season at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16.

Have an Ice Day Productions brings the rink to Rockdale County every year. In addition to public skating, the company sponsors a youth hockey league for 8- and 9-year-old boys.

"We're pleased that Have an Ice Day is returning to continue this Conyers holiday tradition," Conyers Main Street manager Monica Coffin said in a statement. "Ice skating is a fun and popular component of the holiday events we promote throughout Olde Town and in the community during the season."

Skating costs $7 with an additional $2 for skate rentals. The Conyers Welcome Center is offering $1 off coupons for skate rental.

The Conyers skating rink will be open through Sunday, Feb. 3.

Celebrate Halloween at Ga. International Horse Park

Celebrate Halloween at Ga. International Horse Park

CONYERS, Ga. -- The H.J. Fox Halloween Festival is coming to the Georgia International Horse Park, and everyone is invited to join the fun.

The event, which is part of the 2012 Signature Series, includes four rings of hunter/jumper competition. There will also be a horse and rider costume contest, a fox and hound derby for attending dogs, and trick or treating around the barns.

More than $3,000 in prize money will be given away during the event. It will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21, and is open to spectators.

For more information, visit hjfoxclassics.com.

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

Run a Halloween race

Run a Halloween race

ATLANTA -- Fall is in the air, Halloween candy has begun to grace grocery store shelves and it's time to start training for a spooky race.

Several metro Atlanta 5Ks, 10Ks and more carry Halloween themes during this time of year. Here is a list of some of the area's fall runs.

(There is also still time to register for many of the upcoming Christmas and holiday runs in the Atlanta area! Check Active and Run Georgia year-round for more races.)

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.