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Silverbacks coach named NASL Coach of the Year

Silverbacks coach named NASL Coach of the Year

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Silverbacks coach Brian Haynes has been named Coach of the Year by the North American Soccer League.

"I think all of us who have been associated with Brian Haynes for the course of the year are better people for it," Silverbacks technical director Eric Wynalda said. "Brian Haynes was just the right guy for the job, and everything I knew and had been told about him that seemingly made him a perfect fit was true."

Haynes has only been with the Silverbacks for one full season, but he led the team all the way to the NASL Soccer Bowl 2013, where it ultimately fell to the New York Cosmos.

As a player, Haynes was on a number of teams, including the Trinidad and Tobago national team. He was a three-time NAIA All American while attending Erskine College.

Haynes is the second NASL Coach of the Year winner. Tampa Bay Rowdies coach Ricky Hill received the inaugural award in 2012.

Georgians win all divisions of Allstate 13.1

Georgians win all divisions of Allstate 13.1

CHAMBLEE, Ga. -- Georgia emerged triumphant in this year's Allstate Life Insurance Atlanta 13.1 Marathon and Hyundai Hope on Wheels 5K.

The races were held Saturday and saw more than 3,600 competitors take to the streets of Brookhaven and Chamblee.

Andrew Carwood won the men's division with a time of 1:17:39. It was the 34-year-old Marietta resident's first win.

"The weather was perfect, the course was tough and the race was extremely well organized," Carwood said after winning. "Being in my mid-thirties now, training and nutrition is extremely important. I owe my wife, Becky, a huge thanks for training with me and keeping me on a solid nutrition plan."

Atlanta resident Jonathan Koch placed second with a time of 1:18:59. Paul Duckett of Dallas, Texas, came in third at 1:19:31.

DeKalb Family Fun Day rescheduled

DeKalb Family Fun Day rescheduled

LITHONIA, Ga. -- The sixth annual DeKalb Family Fun Day has been rescheduled.

DeKalb Family Fun Day will be Sunday, Aug. 25 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Bransby Outdoor YMCA at Rock Chapel in Lithonia. It was originally scheduled for this Sunday, Aug. 11, but was cancelled due to predicted bad weather.

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The festival will feature food, entertainment, games and vendors. Residents are encouraged to bring donations of school supplies for needy children in the community.

Past DeKalb Family Fun Days have resulted in attendance of 3,000 people -- which means the festival needs plenty of volunteers to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Big Peach Sizzler 10K registration open

Big Peach Sizzler 10K registration open

CHAMBLEE, Ga. -- It's not too late to register for one of Atlanta's most popular Labor Day races: the Big Peach Sizzler 10K.

The race begins at the Chamblee MARTA Station and ends in Buckhead. Money raised by the annual event benefits Miles for Cystic Fibrosis.

Registration fees range from $27 for an untimed team participant to $65 for a VIP. Learn more and sign up at milesforcf.org.

All participants will be admitted to a large post-race party, and will receive T-shirts and freebies.

Chamblee Run & Rotary Roll coming Apr. 27

Chamblee Run & Rotary Roll coming Apr. 27

CHAMBLEE, Ga. -- This year's Chamblee Run & Rotary Roll 5K will be held Saturday, Apr. 27 at 8 a.m.

The event, which is now in its 14th year, benefits the North Atlanta Rotary Club and Huntley Hills Elementary School.

"We are excited about the opportunity to partner with Huntley Hills Elementary this year," Chamblee recreation coordinator Loren Roberts said in a statement. "We have had great participation in the past from local runners, rollers and sponsors, and we want to see an even bigger crowd this year."

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Both the 5K run and the 1K walk/roll will begin at DeKalb Peachtree Airport. The 5K route runs through downtown Chamblee, while the 1K sticks to the PDK grounds.

The "roll" part of the race comes from its wheelchair division.

4 signed to Silverbacks

4 signed to Silverbacks

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Silverbacks signed four new players last week, just in time for the upcoming season.

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Forward Ruben Luna, defender Bobby Reiss, and midfielders Brandon Manzonelli and Mark Withers have all joined Atlanta's professional soccer club.

Luna, who was born in Mexico and grew up in the U.S., comes to the Silverbacks from FC Dallas. He made 30 appearances and racked up four goals during his three years with his former club.

Reiss joins his former youth soccer teammate Richie Menjivar, who already plays for the Silverbacks, on this season's roster. The former Cal State Fullerton player and team captain will wear #4 in Atlanta.

2013 Georgia Rides to the Capitol to raise cycling support

2013 Georgia Rides to the Capitol to raise cycling support

ATLANTA -- The 2013 "Georgia Rides to the Capitol" event will be held through the city on Tuesday, March 26.

A spokeswoman for the ride said more than 1,000 cyclists are expected to participate, as part of the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association "GEORGIA BIKES!" program. The bike ride will be escorted by police, and run track through Decatur and Roswell. Leading the pack will be Commissioner Fred Boykin and Mayor Jere Wood, along with more city officials. 

During the "Georgia Rides to the Capitol" event, cyclists hope to raise support for other types of transportation through the metro region. Plus, they hope conditions will improve to allow easier cycling, including the development of regional systems and both on-road bicycling facilities and multi-use trails.