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The AES Runs the World 5K and (new!) Fun Run is a signature fundraising event for the Avondale Elementary School Education Foundation (AESEF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit established in Fall 2016. Our mission is to develop resources that remove barriers and create opportunities for student achievement at Avondale Elementary School (AES). We envision that every child at AES has the resources to thrive. Last year (our first year), we raised $8,000 and were able to invest in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program with the purchase of robots and 3-D printers. Three of our students placed at the DeKalb technology fair, and one placed at the state technology fair. We will use this year's funds to continue to build STEM programming and outdoor spaces (Chromebooks, STEM garden, etc.) and to help build a new playground.
NEW FUN RUN! We have added a one mile Fun Run for the little legs and for those who aren't so little but don't want to go very far.
Anyone who registers prior to September 7 at 3:00 p.m. is guaranteed to receive a race t-shirt and a goody bag. Anyone who registers after September 7 at 3:00 p.m. is not guaranteed a t-shirt, only a goody bag. Any t-shirts not claimed on race day will be given out to runners who registered after September 7 at 3:00 p.m. and to same-day registrants after all runners who registered prior to September 7 at 3:00 p.m. have received their t-shirts.
Big Peach Running Co. in Decatur will give any participant who brings their race bib number to the Decatur location on September 29, 2018 only a 10% discount. Big Peach is located at 1565 Church St., Ste. 520, Decatur, GA 30033.
Kevin Young, who broke Edwin Moses' 1984 400m hurdles world record at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, will be joining our race again! Come run with and meet a champion! Everyone will have a chance to meet and talk with him as well as take pictures with him.
We welcome all runner, interval runners, walkers, people in wheelchairs, and dogs to our race. Participants with children in strollers are also welcomed. For safety reasons, participants in wheelchairs, with dogs and/or with strollers cannot start until ALL others clear the start line. Bikes, skateboards, and scooters - electric or self-powered and of any style, shape or size - are not allowed.
Donate a little extra and be entered into our raffle to win a $150 Amazon gift card! To donate, click on the donate tab or go to click here to go to the donate page. The drawing for the gift card will be approximately two weeks after the race in order to gather additional donations.
The race hashtag is #AESRunstheWorld. Use it often on this great day!
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All race items will be provided on race day. There is no pre-race packet pick-up.
Race day check-in and race day on-site registration:
7:00 - 7:45 for Fun Run
7:00 - 7:45 for 5K
Note that the Fun Run starts at 8:00 a.m., and the 5K starts at 8:30 am. Look for signs to the registration area in the gymnasium, a separate building from the main school building.
On-site registration costs:
Fun Run: $20
CASH or CREDIT CARD ONLY (American Express, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover). NO DEBIT unless used as a credit card. NO CHECKS. Same day registrants are not guaranteed a t-shirt, only a goody bag.
Free parking for the event is provided at First Baptist Church Avondale Estates at 47 Covington Hwy, Avondale Estates, GA 30002. The parking lot is located at the corner of Covington Highway and Stratford Drive. Avondale Elementary School is next door to the church. Use the same address for GPS directions.
The nearest MARTA stops to Avondale Elementary are Avondale and Kensington on the Blue Line going east towards Indian Creek station. Please note that you will to walk about 1.3 miles from the Avondale station and 0.8 miles from the Kensington station.
Avondale ACTion representatives will be on hand at the Avondale Elementary race on September 29th to register voters. Photo ID is helpful to registration but is not essential. Representatives can also help voters check their registration status and submit name and/or address changes as needed. Registration takes only about 5 minutes max. To be able to vote in the general election November 6 2018 one must be registered by October 9, 2018.
We will provide all participants will snacks and water after the race. Decatur's very own Steel City Pops will also be selling some delicious cold treats.
No monetary prizes will be awarded. Trophies and medals will be awarded to winners for the overall race (male and female) and in individual age groups. An overall race winner will not also be awarded for winning their age group.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.Questions?
First Aid: We will have a nurse on site at race registration. Police officers will be on site.
Restrooms: Restrooms will be available at registration. There will be no port-o-potties on the race course.
Water Stations: We will have water stations on the routes that align with mile markers. Runners are also encouraged to bring water bottles with them. Additional water and post-race snacks will be available at the finish line.
We can cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items. We do not have a secure area of safekeeping for your personal items. You will be responsible for anything you bring to the race. If you ride your bike, be sure to bring a lock.
No refunds or transfers. While we understand life and schedules change, we have a strict no-refund policy for those registrants who find themselves unable to participate on race day. Race Management reserves the right to cancel or modify the event due to extreme conditions. Registration fees are not refundable in the event of cancellation due to “Acts of God.”
The race will happen rain or shine. Only in the event of extreme weather conditions will changes to the race schedule occur. Participants will be notified via email of any changes.