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Run through Dahlonega in 5K, 10K

Third annual ConnectAbility race starts in Hancock Park

POSTED: September 12, 2013 1:00 a.m.

The third annual ConnectAbility 5K and 10K run and walk will be 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, in Dahlonega.

The race will trek through the historic town square and alongside Lake Zwerner during the race. The start and finish line is at Hancock Park.

Children may participate in a fun run at 9 a.m. and then watch an animal show in the park.

Sports Illustrated’s Sports Kids of the Year, Cayden and Conner Long, will compete in the 5K race and share their story with the crowd. Cayden, who has cerebral palsy, is able to compete because of his older brother Conner. The 10-year-old pushes his younger brother, Cayden, in a specially designed stroller. Conner also pedals with Cayden, 7, in a trailer behind his bike. He also swims while pulling Cayden in a raft.

Professional joggler (someone who juggles while they jog) Dan Berg will participate in the 5-kilometer race and put on brief shows for the crowd.

Winners in specific age categories and overall winners will receive a handmade pottery winner’s cup. All runners will receive a high-quality engraved finishers medal.

The race will raise money for ConnectAbility, which provides special needs respite programs, parents support groups and more to adults and children with special needs in the north Georgia region.

For more information or to register, visit or contact Kate McElliott, Race Chair, at 770-616-4599 or


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