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Cupcake Road Race to benefit Shepherds Men

If you go

What: Cupcake Road Race 15K/5K

When: Saturday, March 11; 15K begins at 7:15 a.m., 5K begins at 7:30 a.m.

Where: Totally Running, 405 Peachtree Parkway

Cost: $65 for the 15K, $40 for the 5K

Registration is now open for a road race that benefits soldiers with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or Traumatic Brain Injury.

The fifth annual Cupcake Road Race 15K/5K is scheduled for Saturday, March 11 and will benefit the Shepherd’s Men in their effort to raise funds for the SHARE Military Initiative at the Shepherd’s Spinal Center.

As one of the premier road races in north Georgia, hundreds of runners have participated in previous years, and Kim Hall of Totally Running, which sponsors the event, said she hopes more will come out this year.

“We provide a fun event for families to get out and exercise and to raise money for a good cause,” she said. “I always like to see it all come together and see people enjoy themselves, and the weather is supposed to be gorgeous.”

While much will be the same as previous years, new to the race this year is the Shepherd’s Men Support Crew, Hall said. Crew members will help raise extra funds for soldiers suffering from PTSD and TBI.

According to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs, in 2010, about 22 veterans died by suicide daily, which averages about one every 65 minutes.

Programs like SHARE help those suffering, and in more than eight years and 400-plus veterans, not one has taken his or her life after completing the SHARE program.

The initiative provides assistance, support and education to service members and their families during their recovery treatment and beyond.

Hall said their goal is to raise $6,000 at the race, and Totally Running will be accepting exit donations for the charity.

They are also hosting a pasta dinner for $100 the night before, of which 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the SHARE program and are tax deductible.

Those who attend the dinner, which starts at 7 p.m., will receive a swag bag and their race number so they will not have to wait in line the day of.

The 15K race begins at 7:15 a.m. and the 5K at 7:30 a.m., and tickets can be bought online. The fee for the 15K is $65 and the 5K is $40.

Runners will be chip-timed, and all finishers will receive dog tag medals.

Finishers also get cupcakes after the race provided by Nothing Bundt Cakes.

After the race, there will be finish line music at Totally Running. Awards will be given to the top three male and female overall, as well as the top three male and female in each age group.

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