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Race this weekend: Jog for Jule

Race this weekend: Jog for Jule

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy at Walton High School will hold a 5K fundraiser this weekend.

Jog for Jule was organized in honor of Julie Furr, a breast cancer survivor and the mother of a Walton student. Money raised by the event will be donated to the Breast Cancer Alliance in Furr's name.

The race will be Saturday, Apr. 18 at 8 a.m. It will begin on Walton High's baseball field, loop through some nearby neighborhoods, and end at the Walton track.

Registration is $25 and includes a T-shirt, but runners must sign up no later than Tuesday, Apr. 14 at 4 p.m. to be guaranteed a shirt.

Visit jogforjule5k.com for more information and to sign up.

Walton High is located at 1590 Bill Murdock Road in East Cobb.

Cobb aquatic centers offer lifeguard training

Cobb aquatic centers offer lifeguard training

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County is offering discounted lifeguard training programs, just in time for summer.

The usual $200 price tag has been reduced to $100. A $65 fee is due at registration, while the additional $35 must be paid directly to the American Red Cross.

The course will train participants in how to be effective lifeguards. It includes two years' certification in lifeguarding, first aid, and CPR/AED.

Classes will be offered at each of Cobb County's four aquatic centers.

Central Aquatic Center (520 Fairground Street, Marietta)

Apr. 13 to May 1
Monday/Wednesday/Friday
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

May 4 to May 22
Monday/Wednesday/Friday
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Mountain View Aquatic Center (2650 Gordy Parkway, Marietta)

Apr. 13 to May 6
Monday/Wednesday
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

South Cobb Aquatic Center (875 6 Flags Drive, Austell)

Six Flags has huge economic impact on Cobb County

Six Flags has huge economic impact on Cobb County

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Georgia's two Six Flags theme parks had a combined economic impact of $194 million during their 2014 season, Cobb Tourism & Travel announced Tuesday.

Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell and Six Flags White Water in Marietta directly benefited Cobb County in several ways; park visitors spent their money on local hotels, transportation, entertainment, food and more.

"Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water are powerful economic drivers and contribute significantly to tourism's overall impact in our county," Cobb Tourism & Travel CEO Holly Bass said in a release.

RELATED | Six Flags, White Water to debut new rides in 2015

Upcoming Peachtree Road Race qualifiers

Upcoming Peachtree Road Race qualifiers

(WXIA) -- Registration for the 2015 AJC Peachtree Road Race opens Sunday, Mar. 15 (Sunday, Mar. 1 for Atlanta Track Club members).

Most runners will undoubtedly want to be placed in the highest possible time group. The best way to do this is to enter a finish time from a USATF-certified race (5K, 8K, 10K, 15K, 10-miler or half marathon).

A number of official Peachtree qualifiers will be held in the coming weeks. Here are a few of them:

Saturday, Feb. 14
Mardi Gras (5K), Marietta
Location: Marietta Square
Cost: $30
Supports: Junior League of Cobb-Marietta
More information: marietta5krun.com

Six Flags, White Water to debut new rides in 2015

Six Flags, White Water to debut new rides in 2015

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water will open three new attractions in 2015.

The Cobb County theme parks announced Thursday that Six Flags Over Georgia will add two rides to its Gotham City section.

One ride -- THE JOKER Chaos Coaster -- includes a seven-story ascent into a series of loops. Riders travel forward and backward through the loops and experience a suspended upside-down roll 72 feet in the air.

Gotham City will also add Harley Quinn Spinsanity, a classic spin ride with a Batman-inspired twist. Both attractions will debut in late spring.

Six Flags White Water will soon begin construction on its tallest-ever water slide. Dive Bomber will be 10 stories tall, standing more than 100 feet above the park's tree line.

Dive Bomber features a 90-degree drop, with riders plunging through a trap door and traveling down at speeds of more than 40 miles per hour.

Race this Weekend: Celebrate Freedom

Race this Weekend: Celebrate Freedom

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Celebrate Freedom Festival will kick off this year's event with a 5K and 10K race in Marietta.

Both events will be held Saturday, Aug. 30 at Jim R. Miller Park. Registration opens at 6 a.m., with the 10K scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. The 5K will be off and running at 7:40 a.m.

Awards will be given to the first finishers overall, the first masters finishers and the top runners in each age group. All participants will receive T-shirts, goodie bags and two tickets to Celebrate Freedom, a free Christian music festival featuring such artists as Steven Curtis Chapman, Montell Jordan and Tenth Avenue North.

The 5K costs $30 in advance, while the 10K is $35. The prices go up to $40 for the 5K and $45 for the 10K on race morning.

Visit rungeorgia.com for more information and to sign up.