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Top 5 Tips for the Peachtree Road Race

Top 5 Tips for the Peachtree Road Race

ATLANTA -- The race is on! The Peachtree Road Race returns to Atlanta Wednesday, July 4. If you are one of the 60,000 who will be participating, are you ready?

Plenty of seasoned runners lace up for this 10K (6.2 mile) event, but it appeals to athletes of all fitness levels. We consulted with Jennifer Hopper, manager of the Piedmont Hospital Health and Fitness Club, to compile our top five tips to make the most of your experience if you are a beginner or intermediate runner planning to participate in the race.

Learn more from HealthWatchMD.

Falcons prepare for Minicamp

Falcons prepare for Minicamp

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga -- The OTAs are winding down at the Atlanta Falcons' headquarters in Flowery Branch.  The voluntary off season workouts have been well attended and the participation looks to be paying off.

With new Offensive and Defensive Coordinators, the team has spent the past few weeks digesting changes that are being put in place for the 2012 season.  Wide receiver Harry Douglas is glad the changes are taking place this year rather than last summer, when the NFL teams were locked out.  Douglas has spent time working special teams as a punt returner during OTAs and says "I did it some during my roookie season and fell in love with it."  It will be something to watch for during training camp.

Meanwhile, Head Coach Mike Smith was pleased with the level of participation and what the team has accomplished during the OTAs and says the upcoming Minicamp will be a continuation of what has been taking place the past few weeks.

Six Flags White Water opens this weekend

Six Flags White Water opens this weekend

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Six Flags White Water will open its gates for the summer on Saturday, May 19.

One of the new features for the 2012 season is Dive-In Movies, which offers families a chance to relax and watch the latest flicks in the Atlanta Ocean wave pool. The films will be screened on Thursday evenings from June 7 to July 26.

The other popular White Water attractions will be open all summer long as well.

"We are excited to open our gates here at Six Flags White Water," park president Melinda Ashcraft said in a statement. "The summer season has arrived, and what better way to beat the heat than to bring the entire family to splash around at the park."

Six Flags White Water operating hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The park is open daily from May 26 to August 12.

For more information, visit sixflags.com/whitewater.

Discounted Six Flags tickets available at Kroger

Discounted Six Flags tickets available at Kroger

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Six Flags has teamed up with Kroger to sell discounted tickets to the two parks in Georgia.

Kroger customers can now purchase one-day admission tickets to both Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water at participating supermarkets in Georgia, eastern Tennessee, Alabama and South Carolina.

"We are excited to welcome Kroger as a valued partner," Melinda Ashcraft, president of Six Flags Atlanta Properties, said in a statement. "Kroger shoppers, our guests and their families now have more opportunities to save on an entire day of thrills, fun and excitement at our parks."

Tickets from Kroger cost $39.99 plus tax for Six Flags Over Georgia and $31.99 plus tax for Six Flags White Water.

The Walker School track team wins big during regional track meet

The Walker School track team wins big during regional track meet

Marietta --  (submitted by a proud Walker School mother) The Walker School in Marietta was very successful at the Track & Field regional meet held last week.  The girls team finished 4th overall, while the boys team was able to finish 5th.  

There are 13 athletes from The Walker School who will be advancing to the section meet which is the qualifying meet before the State High School championships. (some even qualified for multiple races)


Lane Sanderson - Boys High Jump

Mikey Ramsay - Boys Shot Put

Molly Hardie - Girls Discus

Karmin Shute - Girls 100 M Dash

Afton Nourzad - Girls 800 M Run

Nicole Cook - Girls 3200 M Run

Tia Johnson - Girls 100 Hurdles

Meredith Wright - Girls 300 Hurdles

Girls 4x100 relay team - Courtney Rhule, Taylor Alpough, Molly Hardie, Karmin Shute

Girls 4x400 relay team - Alyse Scott, Karmin Shute, Nicole Cook, Afton Nourzad

Ian Cossentino - Boys 800 M Run

Golf outing to help families in need

Golf outing to help families in need

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Golf enthusiasts everywhere are invited to attend the 12th annual golf outing sponsored by the Men of St. Andrew United Methodist Church.

The Marietta-based church holds the event to raise funds for needy families in metro Atlanta. It will be held on Monday, May 21 at Eagle Watch Golf Club.

"We will have a great day of golf at Eagle Watch," Men of St. Andrew United Methodist Church president Gordon Mosley said in a statement. "This is the only fundraiser that our group has each year to help us meet the needs of less fortunate families in our area during Thanksgiving and Christmas."

"For the last few years, we have provided a week's supply of groceries, including turkeys or hams, for 75 families during Thanksgiving and Christmas," Mosley added. "We have also provided Christmas gifts to their 200 children."

Upcoming races, from 5Ks to triathlons

Upcoming races, from 5Ks to triathlons

ATLANTA -- The winners of the 2012 AJC Peachtree Road Race participant lottery were announced Monday.

If you weren't chosen, you still have plenty of other opportunities to run, jog, walk and enjoy a race day in the next few months.