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Weekend run is first for greenway
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Forsyth County News
Run for Recovery
• Check-in and day-of registration for the race will be from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Vickery Village, 5920 Post Road, with a shuttle provided to the starting point.
• Preregistration is online at, search for "Abba House."
• The cost is $25 for an individual or $40 for a family.
• The Family Run/Walk and Family Fun Day will start at 10 a.m. at Vickery Village.

Forsyth County's Big Creek Greenway will play host to its first sanctioned race this weekend.

The 10K Abba House Run for Recovery is Saturday morning, starting at the Shiloh Woods subdivision and ending at Vickery Village.

A Family Fun Day at the plaza with food, inflatables and family activities will follow the race, starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m.

Preregistration for the run, which serves as a qualifier of the Peachtree Road Race, is open online through 4 p.m. Friday.

"The beauty of the greenway is that it is a very flat course and will produce very fast times," said Abba House founder Jim Sharp in a statement.

Awards for each division will be handed out after the race.

Participants should park at Vickery Village and take a shuttle to the race's starting point.

For those not looking to race, a 1-mile family run/walk around Vickery Village will start at 10 a.m.

Runners will raise money for the nonprofit Abba House, a recovery center for women dealing with issues of addiction, depression or eating disorders.

Funds will go toward expanding the Abba House Women and Children's Center, which will house 67 women and children, double the current capacity, Sharp said.

Organizers selected the popular biking and walking trail because they believed it would be "a big draw," said Tommy Bruce, assistant director of the Forsyth County parks and recreation department.

While the 6.8-mile path will not be closed to the public during the event, visitors are asked to be courteous to competitors.

No other fundraisers have been planned for the trail so far, though Bruce noted Saturday's event may serve as a trial run.

He added that the prospect of holding greenway events is a mutual benefit.

"I think that for people that haven't been on it, that have not run it, it'll give us more exposure," he said.