July 1, 2019–8:35 p.m.
Wheelchair athletes from around the world are in Northwest Georgia this week for the Cedartown 5K Road Race.
It all begins with a track meet tonight at Barron Stadium in Rome.
The community is invited to come out and watch these world-class athletes beginning at 6 p.m.
The road race itself is Tuesday evening, according to Matt Foster, one of the media liaisons for the Cedartown 5K.
“We’re going to start with a fun run for kids 12 and under,” he said. “Then we will follow the run with the races. By the way, WXIA-TV (11 Alive) is going to broadcast live beginning at 6:18 p.m.”
Foster said if you’re coming out to see the event in-person give yourself plenty of time to get there.
“We are going to close off the roads to varying degrees but if you can get there by 5 p.m. you’ll be fine and we’ll get you through,” he said. “You can park along most of the side streets. Police officers and the Explorers will be out there to direct traffic.”
After the Cedartown race, the athletes will then compete in the Peachtree Road Race on July 4.
“We are calling this ‘The America Series,’ which encompasses the track meet, the road race and the Peachtree 10K in Atlanta,” Fowler added. “This year, if a male or female breaks the course record at the Peachtree, they get an additional prize of $50,000.”
You can read more about traffic closings and the Cedartown 5K course below.