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Cupcake road race on Valentines Day benefits boys lodge

At a glance

* What: Cupcake Road Race 15K/5K and Baby Cake

* Why: Benefits the 2015 Leadership Forsyth class project of building a field of dreams court for Bald Ridge Lodge

* When: Saturday, start times at 7:30, 7:45 and 9 a.m.

* Where: Start and finish at Totally Running, 405 Peachtree Parkway

* Traffic: Authorities will be on scene to direct traffic.

FORSYTH COUNTY — Boys need to play. Runners need to run. Both can be satisfied on Saturday’s day of love with an annual road race. And there will be cupcakes.

All proceeds from the third annual Cupcake Road Race 15K/5K and Baby Cake will benefit the 2015 Leadership Forsyth class project of building a court at Bald Ridge Lodge.

The court will be a multipurpose “field of dreams court,” said Bald Ridge executive director Heidi Snarey, with a fenced in space for basketball, tennis and volleyball.

“The kids don’t have anywhere to play,” she said. “It’s somewhere for them to get rid of some energy and stay healthy.”

Bald Ridge is a nonprofit stabilization and assessment center for boys ages 12-18 in Forsyth County. It serves boys who are in the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services or referred by the local Juvenile Court.

The race will begin and end at Totally Running, 405 Peachtree Parkway. A start time of 7:30 a.m. is set for the 15K; 7:45 a.m. for the 5K; 9 a.m. for the Baby Cake.

Runners in the 5K “will enjoy a flat, fast-paced USTAF certified race course on [Ga.] 141/Peachtree Parkway,” wrote Kim Hall of Totally Running. Both 5K and 15K runners will be chip-timed.

The Baby cake is a short out-and-back course for kids 10 or younger, and each participant will earn a commemorative medal and cupcake. Parents can run with younger children for free.

Baby cakes aren’t the only cupcakes. Cupcakes will be available from the Publix bakery, with gluten-free treats provided by Mama Bakes Safe Cakes.

Organizers ask drivers to be cautious while traveling in the area.

The 15K and 5K courses will travel from Ronald Reagan Boulevard south of Peachtree Parkway/Ga.141 for an out-and-back run.

Runners will use the median lanes on Peachtree Parkway. Intersections for motorists to take extra care include Mathis Airport Parkway and Majors, Old Alpharetta, Sharon and Stoney Point roads.

The Baby Cake race is on a half-mile course closed to traffic.

Off-duty deputies in uniform and with marked patrol cars will be stationed along the routes to ensure safety, said Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

There will be a finish line festival at Totally Running, with awards and prizes for the top three male and female overall, overall male/female masters and top three male and female runners in each age group. Age groups range from 9 and younger to 65 and older.