The Atlanta Track Club (ATC), organizer of the Atlanta Half Marathon and Thanksgiving Day 5K, announced that it will host a canned food drive at the 2011 Atlanta Half Marathon Health and Fitness Expo on Tuesday, November 22 and Wednesday, November 23 at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta. All food collected during the two-day Expo will be dropped off at the 29th Annual 11Alive Can-a-thon benefiting The Salvation Army on Friday, December 2. Participants in the Atlanta Half Marathon and Thanksgiving Day 5K are encouraged to bring a canned food item with them when they go to pick up their race number bibs at the Atlanta Half Marathon Health and Fitness Expo. All canned food items can be dropped off in the collection area that will be set up at the entrance to the Expo.
"The Atlanta Track Club has a tradition of contributing to the Atlanta community throughout the year, and we are thrilled to have this opportunity to call on our 13,000 participants in the Atlanta Half Marathon events to help collect cans of food for The Salvation Army and the many metro Atlanta families who they serve," said Tracey Russell, Executive Director of the Atlanta Track Club. "As Atlanta's premier grassroots running organization, the ATC continues to recognize the significance of giving back to the community we run through."
2011 will mark the first year that that the Atlanta Track Club will host the canned food drive in association with the Atlanta Half Marathon Health and Fitness Expo. In addition to the canned food drive, the Atlanta Track Club will also make a donation of $25,500 that will be split among 17 churches located along the Atlanta Half Marathon course to benefit their feed the hungry programs during the holidays.
The Atlanta Half Marathon and Thanksgiving Day 5K along with the Mashed Potato Mile and Gravy Gallop kids' fun runs take place on Thanksgiving morning just outside of Turner Field. Close to 13,000 participants are expected to take part in the Atlanta Half Marathon events. Additional information regarding the Atlanta Half Marathon and Thanksgiving Day 5K can be found at atlantahalfmarathon.org.
About the Atlanta Track Club
The Atlanta Track Club (ATC) is a nonprofit organization established to inspire and engage the community to achieve health and fitness through running. With more than 16,000 members, the ATC 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, the Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay (atlantamarathon.org), and the Atlanta Half Marathon and Thanksgiving Day 5K (atlantahalfmarathon.org), the Atlanta Track Club directs more than 25 running events per year. For more information on the Atlanta Track Club, visit atlantatrackclub.org.