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Race this weekend: Leprechaun-a-thon

Race this weekend: Leprechaun-a-thon

ROME, Ga. -- Harbin Clinic's annual St. Patrick's Day 5K returns to Floyd County this weekend.

The Leprechaun-a-thon run and walk will be Saturday, Mar. 14 at 1 p.m. at Barron Stadium near downtown Rome. The course winds along the Heritage Park Trail System and finishes with a victory lap around the stadium's track.

Runners will receive T-shirts, while awards will be given to the top finishers, top masters and grand masters finishers, and top three finishers in each age group.

There will also be awards for the most festive attire, the cutest little leprechauns (ages 12 and under) in attendance, and others.

Registration is $30. Visit rfpra.com for more information and to sign up.

Barron Stadium is located at 300 West 3rd Street.

Run a half in 2015 | Berry Half

Run a half in 2015 | Berry Half

ROME, Ga. -- If a half marathon is on your list of goals for 2015, Georgia will host several 13.1-mile races throughout the year.

This year's Berry Half Marathon will be Saturday, Mar. 28 on the world's largest college campus. The relatively flat course treats runners to views of Rome's forest land, Berry's historic buildings and the area's 1,200 deer.

Participants will receive goodie bags and short-sleeve technical T-shirts, while finishers will be given medals.

For those who aren't ready to tackle a half marathon, the Berry Half also offers 5K and 10K options.

Registration prices are:

Half Marathon
* $70 through Mar. 22, $75 after
* $80 on race day

10K
* $35 through Mar. 27
* $40 on race day

5K
* $30 through Mar. 27
* $35 on race day

Learn more and sign up at berryhalf.com.

Construction to begin this fall on Berry stadium

Construction to begin this fall on Berry stadium

ROME, Ga. -- Construction for Valhalla, the new stadium at Berry College, will begin this fall and is expected to be completed by next summer.

The stadium will be located south of Maple Drive, adjacent to the college's main entrance. It will feature a synthetic track and synthetic turf field, and will be home to Berry's football, lacrosse, and track and field teams. Its grandstands will seat about 1,800 people.

Real estate firm Carter will oversee design and construction of Valhalla. Its name comes from the hall where, in Norse mythology, Viking warriors spend eternity; Berry's mascot is the Viking.

Berry College VP for Finance Brian Erb said the stadium will begin hosting home games in 2015.

Blood Drive August 7

Blood Drive August 7

Join us at State Mutual Stadium on Thursday August 7 for a blood drive put on by the American Red Cross of Northwest Georgia. The Blood Drive will take place from 9am to 2pm in the Three Rivers Club at the ballpark.

All donors will receive an Atlanta Braves t-shirt, FREE admission to the Rome Braves game that night and your name will be entered in a drawing to win giveaways from local businesses. 

Rome to host 5K, fireworks for July 4

Rome to host 5K, fireworks for July 4

ROME, Ga. -- Rome is offering residents and visitors a colorful way to celebrate Independence Day.

The Color Me Free 5K will kick off the festivities on Friday, July 4. Runners and walkers are invited to participate in the race, where they will be doused in bright colors at various points on the course.

After the run, everyone is invited to stick around for live music, refreshments, games, prizes and a kids' activity center at Ridge Ferry Park. Fireworks will start after dark.

The race will begin at 6 p.m. It costs $30 in advance and $35 on race day. Register no later than noon on Friday, June 27 to be guaranteed a T-shirt. Runners will also be given race packets, color packets and sunglasses.

Visit venuedog.com for more information.

Mellow Mushroom hosting Sports Authority shopping spree contest

Mellow Mushroom hosting Sports Authority shopping spree contest

(WXIA) -- In honor of its role as sponsor of the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race, Mellow Mushroom is hosting a contest for the runners, athletes and weekend warriors in metro Atlanta.

The Atlanta-based pizza chain has debuted its Mellow Sports Sweep contest. Based on the old game show "Supermarket Sweep," the contest will give two lucky winners the opportunity to go on a 90-second shopping spree at Sports Authority.

To enter, create a 15-second Instagram video using #MellowSportsSweep explaining why you should win the contest.

The grand prize includes two race entries into the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race, one night at the W Atlanta - Buckhead, dinner for two at Mellow Mushroom and, of course, the Sports Authority sweep.

Race this weekend: Run for the World

Race this weekend: Run for the World

ROME, Ga. -- "One of the most challenging 5K races in northwest Georgia" will return to Rome this year.

Run for the World 5K raises money for First Presbyterian Church of Rome's high school mission trip to Kenya.

This year's event will be held Saturday, May 10 at The Crossing in downtown Rome. The race will start at 8:30 a.m.

Registration is $30 for the 5K and $25 for a 1-mile fun run. Visit fpcstudentministries.org for more information and to sign up.

The Crossing is located at 219 East 1st Street next to Harvest Moon Café.