This year the Heard County High School cross-country team will be hosting their first 5k road race. A 5k stands for the length of the race, which is five kilometers, converting into 3.1 miles.
The race will be held at Heard County High School using the Chattahoochee River trail as part of the race route as well. Not only will the 5k be the first held in Heard County, but this race will now be held every year as a tradition.
The race will be held on December 8 at 2:00 p.m. Race day registration will be on December 7, beginning at 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., for twenty-five dollars on the Franklin Square during the Christmas parade. You can also pre-register by December 3 for twenty dollars. Pre-registering will guarantee you a t-shirt on race day.
First overall male and female and first overall masters 40+ male and female will each receive a trophy. There will also be first, second, and third place medals for ten and under. The 5k run will be a good opportunity for the cross-country team to reach out and gain more support throughout the community.
With the race being held in December, the weather will be cold so those who plan to attend should prepare for the conditions.
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Running gear that is best suited for the cold will be thermals, wind jackets, leggings, gloves, track pants, and head-gear such as running caps and beanies.
It is recommended to dress in layers, so when your body begins to warm up you can keep your body cool.
The proceeds of the 5k will go towards the Heard County cross country team and their upcoming season in 2013.
“I’m really excited to finally have 5k in Franklin,” shared distance runner Orlando Burgos. “Whether you run, walk, jog, it’s still a great way to challenge yourself and spend time with your friends.”
Everyone is welcome to come out and participate in the race.