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Brookhaven 5K charity run/walk announces new location, course

Brookhaven 5K charity run/walk announces new location, course

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is once again gearing up for the much anticipated 8th annual Big Peach 5K Run/Walk for Blood Cancer set for May 4 and sponsored by Nike and Brookhaven-based retailer, Big Peach Running Co. Since 2006, this popular neighborhood event has raised over $107,000 towards the fight against blood cancer. This year's race will feature a new start and finish area at Town Brookhaven to coincide with the future relocation of the Big Peach Running Co. flagship store in March of this year.

Silverbacks recruiting at home and abroad

Silverbacks recruiting at home and abroad

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Silverbacks will begin their offseason player combines in December, the soccer club announced last week.

In addition to two combines at Atlanta Silverbacks Park in Doraville, the club will also travel to California and Europe to recruit talent.

Head coach Brian Haynes and team advisor Eric Wynalda will travel to each U.S. location to observe the tryouts; Haynes will work with European sports organizations for the England and Germany events. Past combines have resulted in several signings, including current goalkeeper Joe Nasco.

To register for a combine, visit atlantasilverbacks.com/combine. Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Combine dates include:

2 Dynamo swimmers to participate in FINA Swimming World Cup Tour

2 Dynamo swimmers to participate in FINA Swimming World Cup Tour

CHAMBLEE, Ga. -- Dynamo Swim Club is used to producing champions.

Over the summer, one of its athletes, 18-year-old Matias Koski, made it to the London Olympics, swimming for his native Finland.

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Now, two more swimmers from the Chamblee-based club are making a splash on the international swimming scene.

Gunnar Bentz and Kylie Stewart, both 16, will participate in the European leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup Tour. They are among only eight junior U.S. swimmers to make the team.

Jason Turcotte, head coach and CEO of Dynamo, will lead the American team. Olympians Jessica Hardy and Anthony Ervin and NCAA national champion Tom Shields will also accompany the swimmers on their tour, which stops in Moscow on Oct. 17-18 and Berlin on Oct. 20-21.

Vision and Hearing Walk and 5K returns to Chamblee

Vision and Hearing Walk and 5K returns to Chamblee

CHAMBLEE, Ga. -- The Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation is gearing up for its second Vision and Hearing Walk and 5K.

The race will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3.

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Money raised by the event will go to helping vision and hearing impaired Georgians. The top individual fundraiser will receive a prize of two round-trip airline tickets. Prizes will also be given to the fastest runners in each age group, as well as the top overall finishers.

Run a Halloween race

Run a Halloween race

ATLANTA -- Fall is in the air, Halloween candy has begun to grace grocery store shelves and it's time to start training for a spooky race.

Several metro Atlanta 5Ks, 10Ks and more carry Halloween themes during this time of year. Here is a list of some of the area's fall runs.

(There is also still time to register for many of the upcoming Christmas and holiday runs in the Atlanta area! Check Active and Run Georgia year-round for more races.)

Agape Charity Golf Tournament

 

Tee Up for the Agape Charity Golf Tournament

The 2nd Annual Agape Charity Golf Tournament will take place Monday, Oct. 1, at the Capital City Club in Brookhaven. The tournament raises funds to support academic-based afterschool programming for local children who live in underserved families.

Atlanta resident Billy Andrade, a four-time PGA Tour winner and an on-course reporter for the Golf Channel, will play with the top sponsors and host the $1 million Hole-in-One Contest.

Located at 2353 Bolton Road, the Agape Community Center serves approximately 175 girls and boys each year in academic-based afterschool programs and athletic-based summer camps.

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.