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Annual Jay Cullen 5K scheduled for April 17
Run honors cyclist killed in 2004
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Janet Clark Roberts, sister-in-law of the late Jay Cullen, runs in the 2009 Jay Cullen Share the Road 5K race. The 2010 race will be on April 17. - photo by File photo
If you’re going

The race will begin at 8:30 a.m. April 17 starting at First Baptist Cumming, 1597 Sawnee Drive.

Pre-register at before April 12 for $15. Cost is $20 after.

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Runners will donate and compete for the fastest time in the seventh annual Jay Cullen Share the Road 5K on April 17.

Jay Cullen, the race’s namesake, was killed by a hit-and-run driver while he was bicycling in 2004. Soon after, the first competitive charity race was put on by First Baptist Cumming.

In his honor, the church decided to continue the event that he had been working to launch that year.

“We definitely get the message out about sharing the road and getting out of the way,” volunteer Beth Chamberlain said.

Each year, Cullen’s children and wife travel from as far as Washington to complete the 5K, which travels from the church to the Sawnee Mountain Preserve Visitor Center to Forsyth Central High School and back, she said.

Chamberlain said sheriff’s officers and bikers lead the way to direct traffic and keep racers safe.

The winning time last year was just over 18 minutes, while some who walk finish in about an hour and a half, she said.
Runners will compete based on their gender and age.

Proceeds this year will go to two organizations.

Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes, which provides secure homes in children in need, will use money to send children to summer camp, Chamberlain said.

The youth group at First Baptist Church Cumming will also use some money to travel with World Changers in June to volunteer in Alabama.