Atlanta Track Club has selected ten nonprofit organizations to participate in its 2014 Adopt a Mile program during the Atlanta 10 Miler on Sunday, October 26. Organizations will “adopt” a mile along the course in exchange for a donation from Atlanta Track Club. Approximately $50,000 will be awarded among the participating organizations.
The organizations were selected based on their work to improve health and fitness in the metro Atlanta community through walking and running, with a special emphasis on those serving youth. Participating groups will provide a minimum of 30 people on race day for course support, cheer zones and entertainment.
“We, at Atlanta Track Club, enjoy partnering with organizations that share our passion for creating an active and healthy Atlanta,” said Rich Kenah, executive director of Atlanta Track Club. “The Adopt a Mile program allows our Club to reward like-minded organizations that are committed to helping us enhance the race day running experience for thousands of our participants.”
Organizations that meet the minimum requirements on race day will receive a base donation of $1,000. Up to $5,000 can be earned by organizations that offer extra course support through the Adopt a Mile bonus points system. Points will be given based on categories including the number of volunteers, number of participants in the Atlanta 10 Miler or 5K, creativity of the cheer zone, level of enthusiasm and cleanup efforts. Additionally, the organization voted “Best of the Best” by event participants will earn a $500 prize. The 2014 Adopt a Mile program participants are:
Ashford Park Run Club & Jr. Run Club Evansdale Elementary Foundation
Back on My Feet FitWit Foundation
Centennial Place School Foundation Girls on the Run
Center for Puppetry Arts Rockdale Special Olympics
Decatur Bulldog Boosters Walton High School Cinder Club
Atlanta Track Club received more than 30 applications for this year’s ten spots, making it a competitive selection process for the panel of judges. Although not selected as an official participant in the program, the Atlanta Roller Girls proposed unique creativity in crowd support and will be onsite at this year’s Atlanta 10 Miler event with what they call “a level of in-your-face action and excitement that you won’t find anywhere else.”
The Atlanta 10 Miler, now in its second year, features an exciting new course for 2014 that starts and finishes at Atlantic Station and leads runners through Buckhead. For more information on the Atlanta 10 Miler, as well as the Atlanta 5K presented by American Family Insurance, visit atlantatrackclub.org.
About the Atlanta 10 Miler
In its second year, the Atlanta 10 Miler features an exciting new course that starts and finishes inside Atlantic Station and takes participants on a tour of unbeatable skyline views and tree-lined Buckhead streets. As the featured second stop for participants in Atlanta Track Club’s Triple Peach, this event is a perfect next step after the AJC Peachtree Road Race and a great final tune-up for the Atlanta Half Marathon on Thanksgiving Day. Held along with the Atlanta 10 Miler, the Atlanta 5K presented by American Family Insurance and the Kilometer Kids Fun Zone provide an event for runners of all abilities and ages to participate. For more information and to register for the event, visit atlantatrackclub.org.
About Atlanta Track Club
Atlanta Track Club is a nonprofit committed to creating an active and healthy Atlanta. Through running and walking, Atlanta Track Club motivates, inspires and engages the community to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. With more than 20,000 members, Atlanta Track Club is the second largest running organization in the United States. In addition to the AJC Peachtree Road Race (peachtreeroadrace.org) – the largest 10K running event in the world and the Atlanta Half Marathon and Thanksgiving Day 5K (atlantahalfmarathon.org), Atlanta Track Club directs more than 30 events per year. Through the support of its members and volunteers, Atlanta Track Club also maintains a number of community initiatives including organizing and promoting the Kilometer Kids youth running program to metro Atlanta youth, honoring high school cross country and track and field athletes through Atlanta Track Club’s All-Metro Banquets and supporting the Grady Bicycle EMT program. For more information on Atlanta Track Club, visit atlantatrackclub.org.