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Run before you eat: Thanksgiving races

Run before you eat: Thanksgiving races

(WXIA) -- Thanksgiving is a week away, and with the turkey and trimmings comes another Atlanta tradition: the ATC Atlanta Half Marathon.

The 13.1-mile race begins and ends at Turner Field. Its course covers much of the city, including Atlantic Station, Piedmont Park, historic Auburn Avenue and Oakland Cemetery.

There is still time to sign up; registration is $95 at Wednesday's race expo. Get all the details here. There are also Thanksgiving Day 5K, Mashed Potato Mile and Gravy Gallop options for those who aren't ready to tackle a half.

Can't make it to Atlanta on Thanksgiving morning? There are plenty of race options in the suburbs too! Here are a few of them:

Look out for runners on Ga. 400

Look out for runners on Ga. 400

ATLANTA -- Don't be alarmed if you see a whole bunch of people running down Georgia 400 this weekend.

The Pay the Last Toll road race will be held Sunday, Nov. 17 at 8:30 a.m., and gives athletes one last opportunity to see the infamous toll booths before they are demolished.

Runners will begin at the Glenridge Connector in Sandy Springs and run south to Phipps Plaza. When they reach the toll booths, they will throw in their final 50 cents. All proceeds will go to charity.

Northbound lanes of Ga. 400 will be closed for the race from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.

Get more information about the race at georgiagames.org.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will also spend part of the weekend tearing down a MARTA pedestrian bridge on southbound Ga. 400.

Parents of Fulton Leadership Academy for Girls to present Links for Leadership Golf Tournament

Parents of Fulton Leadership Academy for Girls to present Links for Leadership Golf Tournament

ATLANTA -- Parents of participants in the Fulton County Leadership Academy for Girls (YLAG) will host their first Links for Leadership Golf Tournament on Monday, Oct. 7 beginning at 10 a.m.

The tournament will be held on the Wolf Creek Golf Course, which is located at 3000 Union Road in Atlanta.

The Links for Leadership Tournament is the first of what YLAG parents hope will become an annual event.

The purpose of the Fulton County YLAG is to develop young girls into resilient women who are able to confront the many challenges facing young women and prepare them to seize opportunities as they present themselves.

Initiated by Fulton County Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards, District 7, and supported by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, YLAG is one of the initiatives of the Call to Womanhood program. The program is sponsored by the Housing and Human Services Department, Office of Children and Youth.

Action Dash brings superheroes to metro Atlanta

Action Dash brings superheroes to metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Action Ministries' annual 5K run/walk, the Action Dash, will be off and running again this Labor Day.

The event raises money to feed, house and educate Georgians in need.

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Five different cities will host the Action Dash: Athens, Atlanta (Midtown), Augusta, Gainesville and Rome. Runners are encouraged to dress in their favorite superhero costumes. Children and pets are also invited to participate. (Pets are not allowed at the Gainesville race.)

Action Ministries hopes to raise $200,000 through the Action Dash.

Visit actiondash.org for more information and to sign up.

A Boston medal for an Atlanta friend

A Boston medal for an Atlanta friend

ATLANTA -- Atlanta has always had a very vibrant running community.

However, over the last 40 years one man has been the Pied Piper of his own local version of Hamelin.

In 1973, Jeff Galloway finished fifth in the Boston Marathon. And on Monday night, he gathered about 100 friends and customers from Phidippides Atlanta, his running store in Ansley Mall, to run for Boston.

It was a night of meaning for those who live for running and love the symbol of their sport -- the Boston Marathon.

"I'm changing when all of a sudden a huge explosion and it was like a war zone," Dennis Murray said.

The war zone for the Johns Creek resident was the finish line. He just cleared the area long enough to collect his seventh Boston Marathon medal

"Sirens came and everything else, and I tried to find my wife in 45 minutes and it was panic city," he said.

Mike Wien and his friend Bishop Leatherbury were there too. They traveled to run and they did.

Free Hawks playoffs tickets hidden around Atlanta

Free Hawks playoffs tickets hidden around Atlanta

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks have made it to the NBA Playoffs for the sixth year in a row, and the team is celebrating with a fun scavenger hunt for fans.

The Hawks will hide 50 foam fingers at various places throughout Atlanta on Thursday and Friday. Each finger will hold two tickets to a Hawks home game.

Fans who find the fingers are invited to tweet pictures of themselves with the hashtag #PlayoffFever. Everyone who tweets will be entered into a drawing to win VIP seats and a Hawks jersey signed by Josh Smith.

The Hawks have provided a few clues about where they plan to hide some of the fingers:

1. One of NBC's Thursday night comedies contains the name of several locations.

2. One location's tagline is "Weekends are overrated."

3. The Hawks plan to connect the East, West, North and South at one location.

Running company plans run to show solidarity

Running company plans run to show solidarity

ATLANTA -- A metro Atlanta running company has planned an event to show solidarity with victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

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Nathan Haskins, general manager of Big Peach Running Co. in Midtown Atlanta, says the chain of stores has organized a moment of silence and memorial run slated to begin Tuesday at 7 a.m. Haskins says Tuesday's run is expected to begin in Midtown and last for at least one mile.