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Runners to run around Crow's Lake and raise money for kids
Fourth annual Primal Rush to benefit The Tree House, a children's advocacy group
Runners take off at the starting line for one of the Primal Rush races last year. Participants will run 5, 10 or 20 kilometers at this year’s race around Crow’s Lake in Jefferson.

4th annual Primal Rush Trail Run

When: Saturday, Aug. 27

Where: Crow’s Lake, 155 Crow’s Lake, Jefferson

Cost: $20 fun run, $25 5-kilometer run, $35 10-kilometer run; $45 20-kilometer run or combo

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Wanna get primal? Find trail running or walking a rush? Then get ready to take to the trails around Crow’s Lake in Jefferson for Primal Rush.

The fourth annual event will be Saturday, Aug. 27, at 155 Crow’s Lake in Jefferson just off Ga. 11 near Ga. 129 / Damon Gause Bypass. It will feature a 5-kilometer, 10-kilometer and 20-kilometer runs as well as a fun run. The races are part of the 2016 Black Bag Race Series and the Run and See Georgia Grand Prix. It will be held rain or shine.

Race-day registration begins at 6 a.m. with the 20K starting at 7 a.m., the 10K at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K at 9 a.m. Costs range from $20 for the fun run to $45 for the 20K.

To register, visit  

Originally an obstacle course, Primal Rush morphed into a trail run last year.

“You can walk or run the trail, see some pretty landscape and give back to the community some,” Patrick said.

More than 120 have registered and more are expected

“It’s going to be bigger and better,” Patrick said.

Awards for the 5K and 10K will go to the overall male and female, master male and female and the top male and female runners in each age group. In the 20K, the overall male and female winners (older than 21) will get cash prizes. Classic Race Services is managing the finish line and results and will be posting results.

Proceeds will benefit The Tree House, a children’s advocacy center serving Barrow, Banks and Jackson counties.

“You can participate and help children who don’t get to have a choice of the position they are put in,” event chairwoman Victoria Patrick said.

Ginette Williams, executive director of The Tree House, said the funds allow The Tree House to provide free counseling, forensic interviews, in-home parent education and supervised visitation for families impacted by child abuse. Last year, The Tree House, provided 7,622 services to 714 families with locations in Winder and Commerce.

“We are on target to serve 10 percent more this year,” Williams said.

For more information, visit or contact Ginette Williams at or 770-868-1900. You can also follow The Tree House on Facebook.

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