As the town of Braselton celebrates its 100th anniversary, the slogan “It’s Better in Braselton” will take on special meaning July 4.
And by better, for Jacob Flood it means running second annual Flood Run along the Braselton Mulberry RiverWalk instead of the popular Peachtree Road Race on Independence Day in Atlanta. And the bonus is race is free.
The race will begin at 10 a.m. at Mulberry RiverWalk, a walking path developed by the town with perennial gardens, footbridges and picnic areas along the 200 acres purchased by the town to protect the community’s drinking water supply. To register, visit www.tinyurl.com/floodrun2016 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The RiverWalk is a special place for Jacob Flood. After his 2011 surgery to repair ruptured discs in his back, his surgeon recommended Flood walk. He did and his wife, Christine, joined him as he regained his strength and eventually began running.
“We knew about the trail but hadn’t used it until (he needed to) as a health necessity” and the trail became fun, she said.
Flood even enlisted a co-worker to join him. They began running and ended up liking the exercise so much they set a goal to run the Peachtree Road Race.
Not long after the 2013 Peachtree Road Race, Flood had another medical setback. His appendix ruptured, requiring emergency surgery and slowing his activities to nothing. But he returned to the trail when he regained his strength.
“I always like trail running more than on the streets or sidewalks,” said Flood, who pointed out how Mulberry RiverWalk winds along the river and provides tree cover.
He then competed in the first Flood Run and won. As time drew near for this year’s run, the permit coordinator for Actavo Engineering in Braselton decided to check with the town about any needed permits. He met with Braselton Town Manager Jennifer Dees, which led to the Flood Run being added to the Braselton Centennial Celebration activities.
The town is marking the 100th anniversary of its founding throughout the year with a special Aug. 20 celebration on tap. She said the trail run/walk is a perfect complement to the July 4 activities, which include a festival from 5-9 p.m., a parade at 6 p.m. and fireworks at dusk in Braselton Park.
Overflow parking will be on the grassy area in front of S&S Ace Hardware located just yards from the entrance to RiverWalk off Liberty Church Road near Ga, 211.
Following the July 4 race, Floodwill still return to the trail weekly to maintain his exercise regime. He hopes others will join him and experience Braselton’s Mulberry RiverWalk with its mile markers indicating the distance.