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July Fourth race becoming a tradition in south Forsyth
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Forsyth County News

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We the Runners race start times are:

* Half marathon — 7:30 a.m.

* 10K — 7:45 a.m.

* 5K — 8 a.m.

* Sparkler Trot — 9:45 a.m.

* To register, go online at or on site at 405 Peachtree Parkway.

SOUTH FORSYTH — As runners flock to the famous Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, an event that organizers and participants say is becoming a north Georgia tradition will take place Saturday.

For the third year in a row, the We the Runners event will start at Fowler Park in south Forsyth with distance options for all levels of participants.

Proceeds from all distances — a new half-marathon, as well as a 10K, 5K and Sparkler Trot — will benefit the Forsyth County Parks Foundation.

The foundation is a local nonprofit made up of community volunteers and elected officials who work to solicit support for the county’s parks system.

Races will start at the park track, with the three distance runs making their way onto the Big Creek Greenway before returning to the park to cross the finish line.

The greenway is a 12-foot-wide concrete boardwalk path that winds through woods along Big Creek and is a favorite route among north Georgia runners and walkers.

The Sparkler Trot is available for children 10 and younger to enjoy a two-lap race on the Fowler Park track.

Registration is available on site Saturday, though there is a cap on spaces.

All half marathon finishers will receive a We the Runners commemorative medal.

Due to the high volume of participants and the limited space on the greenway, no dogs, baby strollers, bikes or skates will be allowed.

Runners can pick up their packets from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at 405 Peachtree Parkway or at Fowler Park on Saturday beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Awards will be presented to the first-, second- and third-place finishers in overall male and female categories and age groups in five-year increments starting at 10 and younger through 65 and older.