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Race this weekend: Run/Walk with the Mayor

Race this weekend: Run/Walk with the Mayor

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Austell's inaugural Run/Walk with the Mayor will be held this weekend.

The 5K will be Saturday, Apr. 18 at 8 a.m. Race organizers say they hope it becomes an Austell tradition.

Runners will "Jog with Joe" from Legion Park to Sweetwater Creek, past the Community Garden and Veterans Memorial Park, and over the high bridge that spans Veterans Memorial Highway.

Run/Walk with the Mayor is an AJC Peachtree Road Race qualifier. More information about the 2015 AJC Peachtree Road Race.

Registration is $25 in advance and $30 on race day, and includes a T-shirt. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers.

Participants who bring three canned food items for Sweetwater Mission Food Bank to the race will receive raffle tickets and become eligible for great prizes.

Cobb aquatic centers offer lifeguard training

Cobb aquatic centers offer lifeguard training

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County is offering discounted lifeguard training programs, just in time for summer.

The usual $200 price tag has been reduced to $100. A $65 fee is due at registration, while the additional $35 must be paid directly to the American Red Cross.

The course will train participants in how to be effective lifeguards. It includes two years' certification in lifeguarding, first aid, and CPR/AED.

Classes will be offered at each of Cobb County's four aquatic centers.

Central Aquatic Center (520 Fairground Street, Marietta)

Apr. 13 to May 1
Monday/Wednesday/Friday
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

May 4 to May 22
Monday/Wednesday/Friday
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Mountain View Aquatic Center (2650 Gordy Parkway, Marietta)

Apr. 13 to May 6
Monday/Wednesday
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

South Cobb Aquatic Center (875 6 Flags Drive, Austell)

Six Flags has huge economic impact on Cobb County

Six Flags has huge economic impact on Cobb County

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Georgia's two Six Flags theme parks had a combined economic impact of $194 million during their 2014 season, Cobb Tourism & Travel announced Tuesday.

Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell and Six Flags White Water in Marietta directly benefited Cobb County in several ways; park visitors spent their money on local hotels, transportation, entertainment, food and more.

"Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water are powerful economic drivers and contribute significantly to tourism's overall impact in our county," Cobb Tourism & Travel CEO Holly Bass said in a release.

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Race this weekend: Run for the Son

Race this weekend: Run for the Son

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- Burnt Hickory Baptist Church in Cobb County will hold a 5K and 10K fundraiser this weekend.

Run for the Son will be Saturday, Feb. 7. A 1-mile fun run is scheduled to start at 7:45 a.m., while the other two races will be off and running at 8 a.m.

All runners will receive colorful long-sleeve T-shirts. Awards will be given to the top overall male and female finishers, male and female masters finishers, top three male and female finishers in each age group, and the top three runners in the Clydesdale division, for men who weigh more than 200 pounds.

Registration is $27 for each race. Children ages 10 and under can run for $15. Proceeds will benefit the church's Student Summer Mission Program and Eric Petty Memorial Graduation Scholarship Fund.

Visit bhradiate.com for more information about Run for the Son.

Six Flags to hold job fair for 2015 season

Six Flags to hold job fair for 2015 season

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Six Flags Over Georgia is looking to hire 3,000 employees for its 2015 season.

The Cobb County theme park has positions available in several areas, including food service, park services, guest relations, admissions, retail, ride operations, games, security, cash control and marketing research.

The park will hold a job fair on Saturday, Jan. 24. Those who are interested must apply online at sixflagsjobs.com no later than Friday, Jan. 16, before they can attend the fair. Applicants must be at least 15 years old. Those who are qualified will be called for off-site interviews.

Six Flags, White Water to debut new rides in 2015

Six Flags, White Water to debut new rides in 2015

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water will open three new attractions in 2015.

The Cobb County theme parks announced Thursday that Six Flags Over Georgia will add two rides to its Gotham City section.

One ride -- THE JOKER Chaos Coaster -- includes a seven-story ascent into a series of loops. Riders travel forward and backward through the loops and experience a suspended upside-down roll 72 feet in the air.

Gotham City will also add Harley Quinn Spinsanity, a classic spin ride with a Batman-inspired twist. Both attractions will debut in late spring.

Six Flags White Water will soon begin construction on its tallest-ever water slide. Dive Bomber will be 10 stories tall, standing more than 100 feet above the park's tree line.

Dive Bomber features a 90-degree drop, with riders plunging through a trap door and traveling down at speeds of more than 40 miles per hour.

Race this Weekend: Celebrate Freedom

Race this Weekend: Celebrate Freedom

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Celebrate Freedom Festival will kick off this year's event with a 5K and 10K race in Marietta.

Both events will be held Saturday, Aug. 30 at Jim R. Miller Park. Registration opens at 6 a.m., with the 10K scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. The 5K will be off and running at 7:40 a.m.

Awards will be given to the first finishers overall, the first masters finishers and the top runners in each age group. All participants will receive T-shirts, goodie bags and two tickets to Celebrate Freedom, a free Christian music festival featuring such artists as Steven Curtis Chapman, Montell Jordan and Tenth Avenue North.

The 5K costs $30 in advance, while the 10K is $35. The prices go up to $40 for the 5K and $45 for the 10K on race morning.

Visit rungeorgia.com for more information and to sign up.