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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."

Race this weekend: Dawg Trot 5K

Race this weekend: Dawg Trot 5K

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia Alumni Association will hold a fun 5K for the community this weekend.

The Dawg Trot 5K Run/Walk will be Saturday, Mar. 22 at UGA's Stegeman Coliseum. A children's fun run will begin at 7:30 a.m., while the actual race will be off and running at 8 a.m.

Runners will receive T-shirts and access to a post-race celebration with refreshments. The top three finishers overall, as well as the top three finishers in each age group, will also be given awards.

Registration is $25 per person ($15 for those who do not want T-shirts) or $65 for a family of four. A team of 10 can register for $155.

The Dawg Trot is Athens' largest 5K, according to race organizers.

Learn more and sign up at alumni.uga.edu.

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!

UGA signs 9 Ga. students

UGA signs 9 Ga. students

(WXIA) -- Nine young men from Georgia will become Bulldogs in the fall.

The students committed to the University of Georgia Wednesday during National Signing Day festivities.

Recruits include:

* Kendall Baker, defensive tackle
Lives in Atlanta
Attends Marist School

* Nick Chubb, running back
Lives in Cedartown
Attends Cedartown HS

* Detric Dukes, linebacker
Lives in Atlanta
Attends Tucker HS

* Jake Edwards, offensive lineman
Lives in Franklin
Attends Heard County HS

* Rico Johnson, ATH
Lives in Atlanta
Attends Georgia Prep Sports Academy

* Malkom Parrish, defensive back
Lives in Quitman
Attends Brooks County HS

* Dominick Sanders, defensive back
Lives in Atlanta
Attends Tucker HS

* Dyshon Sims, offensive lineman
Lives in Clyattville
Attends Lowndes HS

* Shakenneth Williams, wide receiver
Lives in Macon
Attends Rutland HS

AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest open

AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest open

ATLANTA -- Calling all artists: the AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest is now accepting entries.

Designers have until Friday, Feb. 28 to submit their works of art. All entries will be whittled down to five finalists, which will be unveiled on ajc.com/peachtree on Saturday, Mar. 15.

No one will see the winning design until race day, when it will adorn tens of thousands of finishers' T-shirts.

"The AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest is a great way to showcase the work of our local artists, and we are always impressed with the entries we receive," Atlanta Track Club interim executive director Sue Payne said in a statement.

Whoever wins the contest receives $1,000, while each of the four finalists gets $100.

Georgia Joker wins spot in Fan Hall of Fame

Georgia Joker wins spot in Fan Hall of Fame

ATHENS, Ga. -- In a sea of red and black, he's the one in the bright green wig. Now, the Georgia Joker will have a spot in ESPN's Fan Hall of Fame.

PHOTOS | See the Georgia Joker in action

Pierce Wallace is only a freshman at the University of Georgia, "But I've been a fan my whole life," he told 11Alive's Julie Wolfe. "I knew this was the school I was going to attend. So, when I got accepted to Georgia, I wanted to give back."

He joined the Spike Squad, a group of intense fans that attend all UGA sporting events. They are most visible in section 109 of Sanford Stadium during football games. Wallace said the Georgia Joker character gained instant attention. "I was dressed like the joker for the first game against South Carolina. ESPN took a photo and tweeted it, and that's where it started."

Run before you eat: Thanksgiving races

Run before you eat: Thanksgiving races

(WXIA) -- Thanksgiving is a week away, and with the turkey and trimmings comes another Atlanta tradition: the ATC Atlanta Half Marathon.

The 13.1-mile race begins and ends at Turner Field. Its course covers much of the city, including Atlantic Station, Piedmont Park, historic Auburn Avenue and Oakland Cemetery.

There is still time to sign up; registration is $95 at Wednesday's race expo. Get all the details here. There are also Thanksgiving Day 5K, Mashed Potato Mile and Gravy Gallop options for those who aren't ready to tackle a half.

Can't make it to Atlanta on Thanksgiving morning? There are plenty of race options in the suburbs too! Here are a few of them: