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Look out for runners on Ga. 400

Look out for runners on Ga. 400

ATLANTA -- Don't be alarmed if you see a whole bunch of people running down Georgia 400 this weekend.

The Pay the Last Toll road race will be held Sunday, Nov. 17 at 8:30 a.m., and gives athletes one last opportunity to see the infamous toll booths before they are demolished.

Runners will begin at the Glenridge Connector in Sandy Springs and run south to Phipps Plaza. When they reach the toll booths, they will throw in their final 50 cents. All proceeds will go to charity.

Northbound lanes of Ga. 400 will be closed for the race from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.

Get more information about the race at georgiagames.org.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will also spend part of the weekend tearing down a MARTA pedestrian bridge on southbound Ga. 400.

Not picked for the Peachtree? No problem ...

Not picked for the Peachtree? No problem ...

ATLANTA -- The winners of the 2013 AJC Peachtree Road Race lottery were chosen Monday morning.

If you weren't picked, don't despair. There are still plenty of local 10Ks, half marathons and other ways to challenge yourself between now and Independence Day.

Here are a few of the upcoming races in metro Atlanta. All of them have options that are longer than a 5K (or 3.1 miles); all start times and costs listed are for the longer races.

Check active.com and Run Georgia year-round for all the events in the area.

Roswell gymnast places first at state meet

Roswell gymnast places first at state meet

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Kofi Reeves-Miller, a Level 7 gymnast with the Roswell Men's Gymnastics Team, is now a state champion.

Reeves-Miller earned an all-around score of 65.5 at the Georgia State Meet at the Cobb Civic Center on Mar. 16.

The 11 year old placed first in four events -- high bar, pommel horse, rings and vault.

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Mountain Road ES students name aquatic center pool, mascot

Mountain Road ES students name aquatic center pool, mascot

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Mountain Road Elementary School won the contest to name the Cherokee County Aquatic Center's outdoor pool and choose its mascot.

Student council members at the Woodstock school decided to name the pool The Oasis. They also created the pool's new mascot, Paradise the Pelican.

Both names were approved by the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners.

Mountain Road Elementary students, staff members and principal Tammy Sandell were recognized at the board's Mar. 5 meeting. They were also invited to attend the aquatic center's ribbon cutting in May, and each member of the student council was given a free three-month pass to visit the new pool.

48 Cherokee students earn sports scholarships

48 Cherokee students earn sports scholarships

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Nearly 50 high school seniors at Cherokee County's six high schools committed to play college-level sports on National Signing Day.

PHOTOS | National Signing Day 2013

The talented student-athletes and their parents were honored at a special brunch at Northside Hospital-Cherokee in Canton on Wednesday.

Many of the students signed to prestigious NCAA Division I schools, including Georgia Tech, Harvard University, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the University of Georgia.

Cherokee County's National Signing Day signees are:

Cherokee High

* Tunde Ayinla, football
Committed to Mercer University

* Naomi Catt, softball
Committed to Alderson-Broaddus College

* Eli Dickens, baseball
Committed to Reinhardt University

* Alex Murfin, baseball
Committed to LaGrange College