As Spring approaches, the sound of running shoes slapping the pavement gets louder.
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Here are a few upcoming races to motivate you for the spring running season. A complete list of local races from Gwinnett to Henry counties can be found at http://www.runningintheusa.com/.
If you are fit and ready to go:
Jog for a Cause
Saturday, 5K at 8 a.m. and 1-mile fun run at 9 a.m. Race begins at North Point Village Shopping Center, 7300 Northpoint Parkway in Alpharetta.
The Junior League of Atlanta’s Shamrock ‘N Roll Road Race.
Sunday, 8 a.m. the Gold Tot Trot for 5 years and under; 8:15 the 5K, 8:30 the 10K. Race begins at Atlantic Station’s Central Park, 1380 Atlantic Drive, Atlanta.
Publix Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon and Luckie 5K.
Sunday, March 17. Marathon and half marathon start at 7 a.m., 5K starts at 7:30. Run with the pack as an expected 16,000 runners wend their way through Atlanta. Race starts at Olympic Centennial Park, 265 Park Ave. West NW, Atlanta.
If you need a little more time to train:
Historic Roswell 10-mile, 5K run.
Saturday, April 13. Both races begin at 7 a.m., the 10-mile race starts at the corner of Canton and Woodstock streets, the 5K at the corner of Canton Street and Ga. 9.
Run the River 5K 10K and Fun Run at Roswell.
Saturday, April 20. 5K starts at 7:30 a.m., 10K at 8:30 and Fun Run at 8:35 at Saint Andrew Catholic Church, 675 Riverside Road, Roswell.
If you want to get into one of the numbered starting waves for the Peachtree Road Race in July, rather than getting stuck in the back, you will need a certified time from a road race you have run in the past two years. You can use a time from races from a 5K to a half marathon to qualify. If you don’t have one yet, you have until March 22 to run one, but it has to be a U.S.A. Track & Field certified course. Races should say on their websites if they are USATF certified.
The online lottery registration for this year’s AJC Peachtree Road Race will open on March 15. Go to www.ajc.com/peachtree.