The fourth 5K in the Kennesaw Grand Prix Series, the Great Locomotive Chase, will be held Saturday, September 8 in downtown Kennesaw. The race for adults and children benefits the Kennesaw Museum Foundation; proceeds go to the support of educational and outreach programs at the Southern Museum.
Participants should plan to arrive at 7 a.m.; the one mile fun run starts at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K race begins at 8 a.m.
The race follows a fast, flat route through historic downtown Kennesaw and Swift-Cantrell Park and is fun for beginners and accomplished runners and walkers alike. The route is a 5K Peachtree Road Race Qualifier course and is USTAF certified. Awards will be given for the top three finishers in each of the following categories: Men; Masters Men; Women; and Masters Women. Special awards will be given for all overall champions in running divisions and top three in each age bracket.
The race precedes the Taste of Kennesaw event. Please make sure to allow time for parking and getting to the start line. The race will be electronically chip timed by ZULU at both the start and finish line. True Speed Photo will be capturing the running experience.
Registration is open now at www.active.com/running/kennesaw-ga/. All registered 5K participants will receive an official race DriWeave technical-shirt, runner/walker number and goodie bag. Kids 10 and under register for $10. Registration is also available at any Big Peach Running Company location.
Visit www.greatlocomotiverace.com for more information.
The Grand Prix 5K series is part of the Kennesaw Fit City initiative which encourages and empowers participants to combat obesity and inactivity and improve their quality of life. Two more races are included in the series: the Garden Gallop on October 6 and the Faith Cline Elf Trot on December 1. Details can be found at www.kennesawgrandprix.com.
About The Southern Museum
A Smithsonian Institution affiliate, the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History features collections of rare Civil War weapons, uniforms and other personal items; an exciting exhibit about the Great Locomotive Chase, including the General locomotive; and a full-scale replica of a locomotive factory that helped rebuild the South after the war. The Jolley Education Center features a variety of hands-on exhibits to inspire a love of learning in children. During the sesquicentennial, 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Southern Museum will be hosting numerous events that will explore topics relevant to this tumultuous time in history. Visit the Museum’s calendar of events at southernmuseum.org for a list of activities and events.
The Southern Museum is located 20 miles north of Atlanta, off I-75 at exit 273. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5.50 for children ages 4-12, and free for children three and under.