Overview

The South Fulton Running Partners created the Sickle Cell Road race to support the mission and goals of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia Inc.  With over a thousand participants  the event has become a community institution, and is widely anticipated in the Spring of each year.  The race includes a 7k road race, a 4k walk, and team competitions.  The 7k race will have chip timing for all runners.  All participants are invited to attend the Pre-Race Expo the night before, where they can register for the race and visit several sponsors and vendors.  All participants receive a commemorative full-color high quality race t-shirt,  a race goodie bag, an invigorating aerobics workout, plenty of post-race food and refreshments, door prizes and an opportunity to win trophies in both the walk and run event. 


The race is held annually on the second Saturday in April at the Welcome All Park Recreation Center in College Park, Georgia.  4255 Will Lee Road, College Park, GA 30349


Important Dates

April  1      deadline for early registration

April 10     deadline for on line registration

April 11     Pre-Race Expo

April 12     7k Race, 4k Run


Registration

On line registration is available now at active.com.   In store registration is also available at Phiddippides running shoe store in Ansley Mall, and Sandy Springs. Race applications can be downloaded here 2014 Registration application.pdf . Applications can also be picked up and returned to the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia at 2391 Benjamin E. Mays Drive, SW, Atlanta, GA 30311


Contact the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia  at 404-755-1641 for more information.


Race/Walk Course

The 7k Run Course is an RRCA certified course (GA12021WC) and it is the RRCA State Championship Race.  The 7k run loops through the scenic and gently rolling hills of the Welcome All Park neighborhood. The first two miles are relatively flat, then runners encounter rolling hills for the last two miles with a slight up hill climb to the finish. View the actual course video on the right.   


The 4k Walk is an out-and-back course. The course is relatively flat to the first half-mile, then moderate rolling hills with a slight uphill climb to the turn-around point. Water stops are located at the mid-way point of both courses and water is available at the finish.


Course maps with elevations are downloadable here:


SickleCell7kMap.pdf

4k Walk Course Map.pdf


Awards

All runners will have electronic chip timing.  Awards will be presented to OVERALL winners; the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Division winners for the 7K Run; and 1st and 2nd place winners for the 4K Walk.


Runners & Walkers age category divisions are: 14 & Under; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; runners age 65 and over; walkers age 65-70; 71 and over.


RRCA awards will be presented to the Overall Male/Female, Masters (40+),Grand Masters (50+), Sr. Grand Masters (60+)


Two group awards: One to the team with the most participants registered under the company/group name.  A second for the fastest 7K team based on the combined time of the team’s four fastest  runners.  A four-member team minimum is required and must be registered by April 10th.



Pre-Race Expo

Enjoy an opportunity to register, and visit our sponsor booths.  The Pre-Race Expo occurs at Welcome All Park on April 11 from 6-8 p.m.



Fund Raising and Pledges

The Sickle Cell Foundation needs to raise $100,000 to support critical programs and projects for Sickle Cell patients. From Camp New Hope to disease detection, we need your help! We challenge every participant to raise $100 or more by asking (10) friends, family, neighbors, and/or co-workers to sponsor your Run or Walk with a $10/person donation.  Donations are tax-deductible.



Helping People and Our Cause

Bring your old pair of tennis shoes to the pre-race expo or on the day of the race and help people around the world by making your used tennis shoes available for reuse in some of the neediest countries around the world.  In addition, for every pound of shoe weight, a monetary donation will go to Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia to support their mission.


The Experience

Enjoying outstanding community support for more than 30 years, few events in the Southeast rival the Sickle Cell Road Race for its unique combination of:  fun and fitness; competition and camaraderie; pleasure and pride.   The Sickle Cell Road Race is consistently rated by our participants as a rewarding and memorable experience. Go to our results page for a sample of some comments from some of our participants


Race Day Schedule of Events

7:00 am Registration

8:15 am Aerobics Warm Up

9:00 am 7k Run Begins

9:15 am4k Walk Begins

10:45 am Awards Ceremony


Weather Info

The race is held rain or shine.  Check here for the latest Atlanta forecast.


Parking

Parking is available in and around Welcome All Park.  However, we strongly urge participants to arrive early for the best parking opportunities.  Please be considerate of our  neighborhoods and do not block driveways.


Rest Rooms, Showers and Lockers

All rest room facilities are located in the park gym.  Gym showers and lockers are also available for your use.  You must bring your own lock and towels.


Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to assist with this year's race.  Persons interested in volunteering must contact us by Monday, March 24, 2014 by calling (404) 755-1641 Ext. 211 or signing up online at www.sicklecellga.org. Please attend the Volunteer Race Orientation to be held at Welcome All Park on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Please contact the Foundation for more information on how you can help.




Sickle Cell Anemia

Sickle cell anemia is a serious condition in which the red blood cells can become sickle-shaped (that is, shaped like a “C”).

Normal red blood cells are smooth and round like a doughnut without a hole. They move easily through blood vessels to carry oxygen to all parts of the body. Sickle-shaped cells don’t move easily through blood. They’re stiff and sticky and tend to form clumps and get stuck in blood vessels.

The clumps of sickle cells block blood flow in the blood vessels that lead to the limbs and organs. Blocked blood vessels can cause pain, serious infections, and organ damage.

Sickle cell anemia is an inherited, lifelong condition. People who have sickle cell anemia are born with it. They inherit two copies of the sickle cell gene, one from each parent. People who inherit a sickle cell gene from one parent and a normal gene from the other parent have a condition called sickle cell trait.  Sickle cell anemia affects millions of people worldwide. There are excellent treatments for the symptoms and complications of the condition, but in most cases there’s no cure.

35th Annual Sickle Cell Road Race 7k Run/4k Walk

    8:00 am  April 12, 2014

 

Race Start

Road Race

4k Walk

7k Run

7k Run

The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia

Since 1971, the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. has stood as a bastion of hope for victims of Sickle Cell and other abnormal hemoglobin. The organization was founded to monitor Sickle Cell occurrences, share and advance knowledge and research with other organizations and, of course, to improve the quality of life of those battling the disease.

Today, the Foundation continues its mission to provide education, screening and counseling to sickle cell patients. Thanks to its supporters, it has also expanded its programming to provide vital activities and services for school-age patients with sickle cell disease.

For further information contact the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia  at 404-755-1641.

Our Sponsors

2011  7k Race Course Video

7k Road Race

Karen & Kenneth Parks

IMPORTANT REMINDER!: Because of limited parking in the Welcome Park neighborhood, we are encouraging everyone to arrive early or car pool if possible


Race Day Registration

begins at 7:00 am and closes at 8:45 am



2014 RRCA 7k State Championship Race