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Race to honor fallen deputy

Race to honor fallen deputy

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Every year, Douglas County hosts a run in honor of Officer Blake Gammill, a Douglas County Sheriff's deputy who was killed in the line of duty in 2005.

This year's Blake Gammill 10.5K, 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run will be held Saturday, June 15. The fun begins at 7:30 a.m. at Boundary Waters Park in Douglasville.

Pre-registration is $20 for the 10.5K and 5K, and $15 for the fun run through June 5. Everyone who pre-registers is guaranteed a T-shirt and will be entered to win door prizes. Proceeds from the race benefit the county's Sheriff's Emergency Response Team.

Learn more and sign up for the race at dcroguerunners.com.

Boundary Waters Park is located at 5000 Highway 92.

Local Olympian prepares for Sochi

Local Olympian prepares for Sochi

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- People usually don't think of metro Atlanta when they think of the Winter Olympics, but Elana Meyers may change that.

The 28-year-old Douglasville native is a decorated bobsledder who has several championships under her belt.

She and teammate Erin Pac won a bronze medal in the bobsled two-woman event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Meyers also won gold and silver medals at the 2013 World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland. She is now poised to make the 2014 U.S. Olympic team. Some are already calling her a favorite to take home the gold.

Although Meyers is proud of her accomplishments on the bobsled track, the Lithia Springs High School graduate said the happiest moment of her life was when her boyfriend Nic proposed to her while she was on the medal stand at the recent world championships.

The couple plan to marry after the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Special Olympics to be held Friday

Special Olympics to be held Friday

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- The Douglas County Special Olympics will be held later this week.

The event will take place Friday, Apr. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at New Manchester High School.

All special needs youth in Douglas County are invited to participate in the track and field events. Call Jackie Chapman at 770-265-2312 for more information.

New Manchester High is located at 4925 Highway 92/166 in Douglasville.

Not picked for the Peachtree? No problem ...

Not picked for the Peachtree? No problem ...

ATLANTA -- The winners of the 2013 AJC Peachtree Road Race lottery were chosen Monday morning.

If you weren't picked, don't despair. There are still plenty of local 10Ks, half marathons and other ways to challenge yourself between now and Independence Day.

Here are a few of the upcoming races in metro Atlanta. All of them have options that are longer than a 5K (or 3.1 miles); all start times and costs listed are for the longer races.

Check active.com and Run Georgia year-round for all the events in the area.

Braves stars to host baseball camp

Braves stars to host baseball camp

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Two Atlanta Braves superstars will host an MVP Baseball Camp at South Paulding High School next month.

The one-day camp will be held on Saturday, July 14. The cost is $95, which includes lunch, a scrimmage game and autographs with the two camp heads, Brian Jordan and Otis Nixon.

Only 75 spots are available for the baseball camp. Visit everettsm.com to learn more and sign up.

Falcons prepare for Minicamp

Falcons prepare for Minicamp

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga -- The OTAs are winding down at the Atlanta Falcons' headquarters in Flowery Branch.  The voluntary off season workouts have been well attended and the participation looks to be paying off.

With new Offensive and Defensive Coordinators, the team has spent the past few weeks digesting changes that are being put in place for the 2012 season.  Wide receiver Harry Douglas is glad the changes are taking place this year rather than last summer, when the NFL teams were locked out.  Douglas has spent time working special teams as a punt returner during OTAs and says "I did it some during my roookie season and fell in love with it."  It will be something to watch for during training camp.

Meanwhile, Head Coach Mike Smith was pleased with the level of participation and what the team has accomplished during the OTAs and says the upcoming Minicamp will be a continuation of what has been taking place the past few weeks.

Win a 1-year membership to a Canongate Golf club

Win a 1-year membership to a Canongate Golf club

ATLANTA -- On Monday, Canongate Golf rolled out an initiative to get Georgians to go outside and play -- preferably on the links -- this summer.

This "Play" platform encourages metro Atlanta residents to spend some time outdoors, now that summer break is in full swing. The movement centers around an Environmental Protection Agency statistic, which says that Americans spend about 90 percent of their time indoors.

"At Canongate, we believe that golf can truly have a positive impact on the quality of life and have seen its effects firsthand through our members," Canongate Golf president and CEO Joe Guerra said in a statement. "We have challenged ourselves to create an array of programs and packages that make the sport more accessible and enjoyable for the entire family."

To celebrate the Play program, Canongate is giving locals a chance to win a free one-year membership to any of its 23 clubs throughout the metro area.