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Saturday race in Oakwood to benefit hurricane relief efforts
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Flat Creek Baptist Church is teaming up with the city of Oakwood to hold the 2017 Hurricane Hustle 5K Saturday, with the event starting and ending at Oakwood City Park at 4101 Railroad St. The race is set to start at noon, with registration beginning at 11 a.m. There is no set fee, but donations will be accepted. - photo by Jeff Gill

The race is on to help hurricane victims.

Flat Creek Baptist Church is teaming up with the city of Oakwood to hold the 2017 Hurricane Hustle 5K Saturday, with the event starting and ending at Oakwood City Park at 4101 Railroad St.

The race is set to start at noon, with registration beginning at 11 a.m. There is no set fee, but donations will be accepted.

2017 Hurricane Hustle 5K

When: Noon Saturday, with registration starting at 11 a.m.

Where: Oakwood City Park, 4101 Railroad St.

Fee: Donations only

Proceeds will go to Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief, which is operated by the Georgia Baptist Mission Board.

“100 percent goes to the field (with) no administrative costs,” said Mike Taylor, Flat Creek Baptist pastor.

The disaster group “is a great organization,” he said. “I was in the field with them in (2005’s Hurricane) Katrina. They deliver meals, work with (American) Red Cross and coordinate with groups for building supplies.”

And with hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria pounding the U.S. and much of the Caribbean, there is plenty of work to do.

Irma, as a tropical storm, took a toll on Hall County as it passed through North Georgia, knocking down trees and leaving thousands without power.

Recovery is slow in many places, Taylor said.

“It’s hard to get government resources (in some places), and it’s just tough sledding,” he said.

As for the race, Taylor expects that runners from Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama will participate. The race will be timed, serving as a Peachtree Road Race qualifier.

“We think hundreds may turn out, prayerfully, with clear weather,” Taylor said.

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