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Run for Recovery aids Abba House
Event is Saturday
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Forsyth County News

If you’re going
* What: 2011 Run for Recovery supporting Abba House
* When: Saturday; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at Vickery Village; 5K starts at 8:30 a.m. and 10K at 9:30 a.m.
* Cost: $30 for advance registration by today; $32 on Saturday; register online at www.active.com
* Contact: www.abbahouse.com

Abba House will again hold its annual race fundraiser Saturday.

The 2011 Run for Recovery will feature a 5K and 10K run to support the facility, which helps women overcome challenges such as drug addiction and mental and physical abuse.

Erin Harris, a spokeswoman for Abba House, which is on the border of Forsyth and Dawson counties, said this will mark the fourth year of the run.

“We’re anticipating about 500. We’ve got about 220 registered right now,” she said.

The event will also have the support of about 60 volunteers, Harris said.

The 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Fowler Park, while the 10K will start in Shiloh Woods neighborhood at 9:30 a.m.

Registration for both races will be at 7:30 a.m. at Vickery Village on Post Road. A shuttle will be available to carry runners to their respective starts.

According to a release from Abba House, the races are qualifiers for the Peachtree Road Race with chip timing. Every runner will receive a T-shirt.

The races will finish in Vickery Village, where runners and their families can enjoy a live band, food and a number of family-friendly activities, such as face painting and inflatables.

An awards ceremony will follow the races.

Harris said she believes the day will beneficial for families and the residents of Abba House, which currently has about 25 women and children in residency.

“It’ll be a lot of fun and healthy for families to go and run together,” Harris said. “It’s also a great way to influence the lives of women in our community.”