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Memorial race marks 10th year Saturday
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If you go

• What: Jay Cullen Memorial 5K

• When: 8:30 a.m. Saturday

• Where: First Baptist Cumming, 1597 Sawnee Drive

• Cost: $25

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The 10th annual Jay Cullen Memorial 5K on Saturday will pay homage to an athlete, family man and church-goer.

Cullen, an avid runner and cyclist, helped plan the inaugural race at First Baptist Church in 2004, but didn’t get to complete it.

His life was cut short that year when he was hit by a car while bicycling along a road in north Georgia, organizer Scott Carpenter said.

The race has continued to honor his legacy, spread awareness for motorists to share the road and “encourage people to pursue the church and what God has to teach them,” said Carpenter, minister of youth and activities at First Baptist.

The 5K will raise money for the church’s youth missions, which this year will travel to New York to help a church planter, he said.

More than 350 are expected to join the run, which starts at 8:30 a.m. from the church on Sawnee Drive.

Registration can be completed in advance online or at the event for $25.

Carpenter said the 5K uses the road, and Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies will block off one lane and direct traffic.

“It’s a beautiful day, and a beautiful route,” he said. “It’s just a good time for people to get together.”

Awards will be given by age group, gender and overall for fastest times.

For the 10th anniversary race, Carpenter said the route will have signs with Cullen’s favorite quotes, cartoons and scripture.

“It’s to remember him and what he stood for,” he said. “I think that will be a neat addition.”

The youth band, face painters and door prizes will also be at the church for additional family entertainment.