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Jeff Galloway Premier Weekend Readies 4th Annual Event

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10/17/2017 - 18:36

1964 Olympic gold medalist, American Indian Billy Mills will be guest speaker

gold medal man300res.jpgATLANTA, GA – The 4th annual Jeff Galloway HALF MARATHON Premier Race Weekend Dec. 15–17, 2017 in Atlanta is gearing up for a record 4th annual event.

The Jeff Galloway Premier Race Weekend, anchored by the half marathon, is named for U.S. Olympian, best-selling author and one of the country's most recognized and celebrated experts on running, Jeff Galloway. In addition to the half marathon course, the weekend includes “Barb’s 5K”, named after Jeff’s wife of 39 years, the ‘Fit Kids’ Fun/Run, the “Double G” for those running both the 13.1 and 5K, and a two-day Running/Fitness Expo.

The Jeff Galloway Premier Race Weekend Half Marathon and Barb’s 5K have staples in running. The scenic 13.1 mile course highlights some of Atlanta’s most historic landmarks. Runners start in Midtown Atlanta, traveling parallel to the MLK. historical site, and wind through the Freedom Parkway Trail by the Carter Center along the Beltline, finishing inside Piedmont Park.

Race founder Jeff Galloway is one of the country's most recognized fitness experts. A U.S. Olympian ('72 Munich Olympics - marathon team), author of the best-selling Galloway’s Book on Running that has been translated into 37 languages. A renowned motivational public speaker, Galloway was named by USA Running (magazine) as the most recognized person in the sport of running. An Atlanta native and the first winner of the Peachtree 10K Road Race in 1970, Galloway is founder of the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk & Fitness Program, one of the largest corporate fitness events in the U.S., registering more than 200,000 runners and walkers in its 35 year history in Atlanta, and official Disney Training Consultant for the Disney Princess Half-Marathon in Anaheim, CA and Orlando, FL.

Last year, more than 3,500 men, women and children from around the world participated in the race weekend. Featured guest speaker will be Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills, who won the gold medal as a virtual unknown in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics in a dramatic, come-from-behind sprint. As the first American to win the Olympic 10,000 meter, Mills set a new record for the event of 28:24. Mills is co-founder of the nonprofit group Running Strong for American Indian Youth. An accomplished businessman, author, and National Spokesperson for Christian Relief Services, Mills has helped raise over $500 million for charities worldwide.

“The Jeff Galloway Race Weekend presents an opportunity for a large variety of runners and walkers from young children to mature adults, to participate and be a part of my signature hometown event in Atlanta,” said Galloway. “We look forward to welcoming the thousands of runners/walkers who come to Atlanta for a unique opportunity to participate and enjoy these signature running events and festive holiday atmosphere throughout a fun-filled weekend.”

Hosted by Phidippides, the oldest specialty running store in the country with two Atlanta locations, and sponsored by Northside Hospital, the mission of Jeff Galloway's Premier Race Weekend is to promote healthy lifestyles with a focus on fitness, families and fun for participants of all ages. Training programs to help families get fit together before, during and after the race weekend are a hallmark of this event that helps sustain the positive message of healthy lifestyle behaviors throughout the year.

Schedule of events:

Friday, December 15

· 11 am – 5 pm: Comprehensive two-day Race Expo at the Westin Peachtree Plaza featuring new vendors, a wide variety of merchandise, running gear novelties, athletic apparel, free samples from sponsors and tastings compliments of Orpheus Brewery. Location: Westin Peachtree Plaza

Saturday, December 16

· 8 am – Barb’s 5K event followed by Barb’s 5K ‘Post-Race VIP Breakfast & Beer Experience” sponsored by Orpheus Brewing, that includes a unique craft beer tasting experience, brewery tours and a signature co-branded tasting glass;

· 9 am - Fit Kids Fun/Run event followed by cookie decorating and holiday crafts at Phidippides Running Store;

· 10 am – 4 pm: Comprehensive two-day Race Expo at the Westin Peachtree Plaza featuring new vendors, a wide variety of merchandise, running gear novelties, athletic apparel, free samples. from sponsors and tastings compliments of Orpheus Brewery. Location: Westin Peachtree Plaza

· 12 pm (noon) - Keynote Speech featuring Olympic Gold Medalist, Billy Mills. Location: Westin Peachtree Plaza

Sunday, December 17

· 7 am – Jeff Galloway’s VIP Experience

· 8 am - Jeff Galloway’s HALF MARATHON steps off in Midtown Atlanta

For more information or to register, visit http://jeffgalloway131.com/registration/. Prices: Barb’s 5K $32/$35 after December 1 - Jeff Galloway HALF MARATHON $85/$99 after December 1st; Double G (Barb’s 5K + HALF MARATHON) $130/$149 after December 1.

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