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The Orange Duffel Bag Dash 5K
APRIL 27, 2019
Garrard Landing Park | Covered Bridge Trail
8000 Holcomb Bridge Rd
Roswell GA 30075
“I love this off-road course and am looking forward to the race!” - Rob Mikell, 2-Year Orange Duffel Bag Dash Sponsor and Runner
Take advantage of this RARE 5K Trail Run
Scenic Race! The trail weaves through lush woods and along the beautiful Chattahoochee River. Worthy Cause! Helping students in need succeed!*
FUN for the whole family from pre-event stretch to post-event awards and activities on park grounds including a playground and fun games for the kiddos!
Enjoy samples and offers from local merchants such as Great Harvest Bread Company, Kroger, OrangeTheory Fitness, Sky Zone and Tide Dry Cleaners.
*Orange Duffel Bag programs are proven to motivate and mobilize high school students who are homeless or in foster care toward academic success!
Packet Pickup: Friday, April 26, 2019, 3:00 - 7:00pm: Big Peach Running Company, 1062 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite C, Marietta, GA 30068, 770-579-0444, https://www.bigpeachrunningco.com/locations/marietta/, please have valid identification for Participant 18 years or older.
Event Check-In: Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 7:00 - 7:45am at the Pavilion for Participants who did not Pickup Packets in advance. Please have valid identification for Participants 18 years or older.
Pre-Event Stretch: 8:00 - 8:15am with music and OrangeTheory Fitness
Event Start: Promptly at 8:30am. Rain or Shine. In the event of severe weather, the organizers reserve the right to cancel to protect the safety of all participants.
Parking: Onsite Parking at Garrard Landing strictly from 6:45 - 7:45am. Parking is limited, car-pooling is highly encouraged, no parking after 8:15am. Absolutely No Parking on Holcomb Bridge Road. Please follow signage and direction from event volunteers to designated parking areas. When exiting Garrard Landing, all traffic MUST turn right (east) on to Holcomb Bridge Road.
Drop-Off: Please follow signage and direction from event volunteers to designated Drop-Off area and exit. When exiting Garrard Landing, all traffic must turn right (east) on to Holcomb Bridge Road.
The Course: Garrard Landing is a unique, enjoyable trail course with varying unpaved surfaces and grades.
Site Restrictions: For the safety of all, ALCOHOL, SMOKING and FIRES are STRICTLY FORBIDDEN on the grounds of Garrard Landing.
Event Restrictions: For the safety of all Participants, STROLLERS, BABY JOGGERS, BICYCLES, SKATEBOARDS, SKOOTERS (motorized / non-motorized), ROLLER BLADES and ANIMALS (with the exception of service animals) are NOT PERMITTED on the Course.
Event Gear & Preparations: Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the time of day and season to traverse a 5k trail course with varying unpaved surfaces and grades. A water station is provided on the course, please be certain to properly hydrate in advance of the event.
Winners and Awards: Overall male and female winners will be recognized with Awards and Prizes to include gift cards from local merchants. Medals will be awarded to male and female age category winners up to 14, 15 - 19, 20 - 29, 30 - 39, 40 - 49, 50 -59 and 60+ years of age. Little Orange Loop (see below) Participant Ribbons.
Little Orange Loop Fun Run: Immediately following the 5K, children 7 and under can hit the adjacent trail for a .2 mile fun run. Little Orange Loopers will begin and end at Start/Finish, circling the activity area. Participant Ribbons for all. Parents or guardians can accompany their Loopers or encourage from alongside the route.
Kids Karnival & Post-Event Activities: Following Little Orange Loop and the Awards presentation, you'll find fun for all ages. Kids Karnival includes volunteer supported face painting, cotton candy, bubble station, hula hoops, disc toss, bucket golf, lawn bowling, goody bags and the on-site playground. Adults will enjoy fruit, water, cornhole, ice cream & sorbet, tasty treats, special offers from sponsors and in-kind donors.
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About The Orange Duffel Bag Initiative:
Sam Bracken was a homeless teen in Las Vegas who loved to run on and off the track. Ultimately his love of sports and physical exercise earned him a fullride football scholarship to Georgia Tech. A friend's family in Nevada, on whose sofa he'd been sleeping, gave Sam an orange duffel bag to pack his few items of clothing. His life was forever changed. The ODBI curriculum is based on the 7 Rules for the Road found in the nonfiction book about his life titled "My Orange Duffel Bag: A Journey to Radical Change."
Orange Duffel Bag Initiative (ODBI), an Atlanta-based 501c3 public charity, provides high school and college students, who are homeless, in foster care or experiencing high poverty, evidence- and trauma-informed coaching programs and ongoing advocacy to improve their education outcomes; support to their caring adults; and service to the community in a spirit of offering hope.
Since 2010, more than 1000 students in need have graduated ODBI programs! The programs (at no cost to participants) guide students to create education/life plans, a result of the transformational change process students experience during the course. High school program graduates earn a laptop, bridging the digital divide. Seven years of data shows 80% of ODBI program graduates complete high school vs. state rates of 68% for low income and 15% for students in foster care.
"Before ODBI, I had not thought seriously about college or my future plans; however, after being exposed to different educational pathways, I began creating goals for myself. Now I'm on the Dean's list at Valdosta State University!" M.O., ODBI Grad
"At the end of the day, it's all about the kids!"
The Orange Duffel Bag Dash 5K combines the best elements of outdoor activity, family fun and community service! Our unique trail run along the Chattahoochee River and past the Covered Bridge coupled with the Little Orange Loop and Kids Karnival, local merchants and in-kind donors make this a special day for all ages. Join Team Orange and Help Kids in Need Succeed through proven education programs.
Sponsors and In-Kind Donors ... we invite you to join Team Orange! Stand alongside leading companies and local merchants who support The Orange Duffel Bag Initiative.
We are grateful to our past Sponsors: Gold: JE Dunn, Cornerstone Masonry Group, LLC, LocumTenens.com Silver: Tide Dry Cleaners Bronze: The Mikell Family, Aerotek, Black Sheep Interiors, Doc & Angie Randolph Family, Hewatt Electrical Contractors, Inc., Insperity, Intouch Interactive, North Atlanta Spine, Repro Products, Total Dental and Thomas Horstemeyer Intellectual Property Attorneys.
We appreciate the generosity of our In-Kind Donors: Frederix, Gate City Brewing Company, Gillman Insurance, Great Harvest Bread Company, High Road Ice Cream & Sorbet, Kroger, Lucia's Italian Restaurant, OrangeTheory Fitness, RoadRunner Sports, SkyZone, Zaxby's and Zoes Kitchen.