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Jay Cullen Memorial 5K set for April 25
Early registration ends Sunday
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Runners make their way back down Sawnee Drive to the finish line in the parking lot of First Baptist Church in Cumming for last year’s Jay Cullen Memorial 5K run. - photo by File photo
It’s about time to lace up for the sixth annual Jay Cullen Memorial/Share the Road 5K.

The race, which includes walking and running, is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. April 25 at First Baptist Church on Sawnee Drive in Cumming. A kids’ fun run will begin at 9:15 a.m.

Early registration ends Sunday and applications can be downloaded online. Participants can also register up to and on the day of the race. Groups of 10 or more may register by mail for a discounted fee.

The event began in 2003 when First Baptist used a running road race as an outreach initiative. Cullen, who was a member of the church at the time, was an avid runner and cyclist and was recruited to help organize the race.

He died in a cycling accident in January 2004, but the church decided to continue the event in his honor.

According to the race Web site, “the hope of the memorial run is to inspire individuals to be their best while raising awareness for road athletes as we share the road.”

Proceeds from the race will go toward the First Baptist Church youth program and Camp Highland. The Christian camp is open to people of all ages.

The event’s 2008 beneficiary, the Forsyth chapter of Girls on the Run, will participate in the race this year.

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