It’s that time of year! Time to lace up your running shoes and hit the road. Whether you want to challenge yourself with your first 5K or you are training for the Peachtree Road Race, this guide to local runs will help you meet your goal.
Third annual Love Peru Fun Run and 5K at Etowah River Park in Canton. Race day registration and packet pickup begins at 7 a.m., fun run starts at 8 a.m. and 5K at 8:30 a.m. Awards will be given in standard age groups beginning with 10 and younger to 70 and older. Refreshments provided. The race is part of the 2018 Black Bag Race Series. www.active.com.
Butcher to Butcher 5K is an evening race beginning at Liberty Elementary School and ending at the Butcher and the Bottle restaurant in Canton. The event includes a postrace festival with food, beer and live music. Walk-up registrations are welcomed during early packet pickup April 20 at the Corner Butcher Shop, or on race day at Liberty Elementary School from 5-6 p.m. Race begins at 6:30 p.m. Each registration includes BBQ sandwich and beer (21 and older only; must show ID), or soft drink. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.butcher2butcher5k.org or www.active.com.
March of Dimes March for Babies. Registration 5:30 p.m., walk begins at 7 p.m. at 113 Elm St. in downtown Woodstock. www.marchforbabies.org/EventInfo/?EventID=18980.
The Second annual Three-Toed Trot will be held at the Etowah River Park in Canton with all proceeds benefiting the Etowah Valley Humane Society. Runners are encouraged to bring their dogs (must be on a leash). Race day packet pickup is 7-7:45 a.m. 5K starts at 8 a.m. with awards at 8:45 a.m. Etowah Valley Humane Society was founded in 1996 as an adoption outlet for animals found by animal control, and exists to prevent cruelty and provide humane treatment to animals. The society’s main goal is to find permanent homes for deserving animals. www.active.com.
Sixth annual SuperHero 5K and Fun Run at Etowah River Park in Canton. Every child needs a hero, but abused kids need superheros, so put on your cape and run, walk, fly, hop, skip, crawl or cartwheel across the finish line. Race day registration and packet pickup begins at 7 a.m., Fun Run starts at 8 a.m. and 5K starts at 8:30 a.m. The course starts and finishes at Etowah River Park, and races will be on the paved trails of Etowah River Park and Heritage Park. The school with the most participation receives $1,000 and the school with second most participation receives $500. Refreshments and an after-party with food, entertainment, face painters and bounce house, as well as awards for the best traditional costume, most original, and best family/team costumes. www.active.com.
The annual Holly Springs Memorial Day 5K and 1K Fun Run will start at Holly Springs Elementary School, 1965 Hickory Road, continue on paved streets in nearby neighborhoods then finish at Barrett Park, 120 Park Lane. Race day registration and packet pickup begins at 7 a.m. at Holly Springs Elementary School. 5K starts at 8 a.m. at the school and the fun run, for ages 12 and younger, starts at 9 a.m. in Barrett Park. After-race awards and refreshments. Each year, the city chooses to donate race proceeds to a local charity. This year, all proceeds will go to the L.R. Tippens Education Center. For more information, contact Erin Honea at 770-345-5536, email@example.com or visit www.hollyspringsga.us/memorialday5k.
Sutallee Trace Trail Challenge Trail Run. 4.5- and 10.5-mile trail runs on the Boling Park Etowah Trail System benefiting Boy Scout Troop 241. Postrace snacks, music and medals to the top three finishers in each age group. Kids 10 and younger race for free. http://mountaingoatadventures.com/sutallee.