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Historic Roswell scene for new road races
by Joan Durbin
April 10, 2013 10:05 AM | 2244 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray<br>Lucy Linnihan, 9, helped stuff race packets for the upcoming inagural Historic Roswell 10 mile and 5k race.
Staff / Erin Gray
Lucy Linnihan, 9, helped stuff race packets for the upcoming inagural Historic Roswell 10 mile and 5k race.
Runners, not shoppers, will be jockeying for position on Roswell’s Canton Street Saturday when the inaugural Historic Roswell 10 Miler and 5K kick off at 7 a.m.

That is not a misprint. The longer race is actually 10 miles, not a 10K. It’s 16.09 kilometers, to be exact. A 10K, which is the usual distance for charity road races, is 6.2 miles.

“A 10-miler is kind of unique distance. It is the only one in Atlanta,” said organizer Christine Curtin. “It seems like there are 5Ks and 10Ks every single weekend. We wanted to be a little different.”

The starting line for the 5K is at Webb and Canton streets, while the 10 Mile goes off from Goulding Place and Canton near Table and Main restaurant.

The 5K follows the Canton/Crabapple Road corridor to Ga. Hwy 92. The 10-mile course goes up Canton to Woodstock Road to King Road and Cox Road and loops around down Etris Road to pick up Crabapple Road and back south on Canton Street.

There are awards for the top three overall males and females in each race as well as in age categories.

Both races, which benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, will be followed by a celebratory party on Canton Street.

There will be an optional post race yoga class to power down from all the exertion. For ages 21 and up, Mac McGee’s Irish Pub will spring for a free pint. There will be live music by Mad Mission and gifts including custom medals, a performance shirt and a LuLu Lemon shopping tote.

Sky Zone is the title sponsor, along with other sponsors including Abbadabba’s, Roswell Tap, Mac McGee, Tanners Chiropractor, Caribou Coffee, the Chandlery and JJ Jardina Fruit Company.

Curtin, who lives in Roswell, said she was moved to start the wheels turning to create the race event after talking with a friend, Horseshoe Bend resident Amy Roberts, who is a fundraiser for a CHOA Friends group.

“I have four children and they have all benefitted from that hospital in ways both big and small,” Curtin said. “I love Canton Street, so I thought this would be a good way to pull it all together.”

Cost to register is $60 for the 10 Miler and $30 for the 5K. Online registration ends at midnight tonight (April 10) but registration can also be done on race day.

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