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AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest open

AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest open

ATLANTA -- Calling all artists: the AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest is now accepting entries.

Designers have until Friday, Feb. 28 to submit their works of art. All entries will be whittled down to five finalists, which will be unveiled on ajc.com/peachtree on Saturday, Mar. 15.

No one will see the winning design until race day, when it will adorn tens of thousands of finishers' T-shirts.

"The AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest is a great way to showcase the work of our local artists, and we are always impressed with the entries we receive," Atlanta Track Club interim executive director Sue Payne said in a statement.

Whoever wins the contest receives $1,000, while each of the four finalists gets $100.

Falcons tap Legends Global for new stadium ticket sales

Falcons tap Legends Global for new stadium ticket sales

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons have selected Legends Global Sales to oversee premium and season ticket sales at the team's new stadium scheduled to open by the beginning of the 2017 NFL season.

"Legends has a proven ability to tailor stadium seating options and amenities to serve the needs and desires of the local market," Falcons EVP - Chief Marketing & Revenue Officer Jim Smith said in a statement. "We look forward to partnering with the group as we work to finalize our offerings and begin the new stadium sales process later this year."

The Falcons said New York City-based LGS "will be responsible for all aspects of the sales strategy and execution for luxury suites, as well as for premium club seat and season ticket sales, including staffing, training, product creation and marketing."

Arthur Blank: Falcons will be in first place in 2014

Arthur Blank: Falcons will be in first place in 2014

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank says he has "complete confidence" that head coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff will turn the team around next season.

Blank said Monday in his first public comments since the Falcons ended a disappointing 4-12 season, he has "every reason to believe we will go from last place to first place in 2014."

The Falcons started the 2013 season as a top Super Bowl favorite.

Atlanta Business Chronicle reported that Blank on Monday expressed "a big disappointment" in the team's 2013 season. Blank, who is the co-founder of Atlanta-based The Home Depot, said Monday during a press conference that he has spent the last several months focusing his energies on the future.

'Johnny Football' coming to Ga. Dome

'Johnny Football' coming to Ga. Dome

ATLANTA -- Johnny Manziel might play his final college game in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

No. 20 Texas A&M, led by Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, will face No. 22 Duke in the New Year's Eve bowl at the Georgia Dome.

The announcement was made Sunday night.

Manziel is a third-year sophomore, making him eligible to enter the 2014 NFL draft. He hasn't revealed his plans for next season after guiding Texas A&M to an 8-4 record. The Aggies lost their final two games to LSU and Missouri, losing out on a shot at playing in a Jan. 1 game.

Duke (10-3) was a surprising division winner in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Blue Devils were routed by top-ranked Florida State 45-7 in the league championship game Saturday night.

Run before you eat: Thanksgiving races

Run before you eat: Thanksgiving races

(WXIA) -- Thanksgiving is a week away, and with the turkey and trimmings comes another Atlanta tradition: the ATC Atlanta Half Marathon.

The 13.1-mile race begins and ends at Turner Field. Its course covers much of the city, including Atlantic Station, Piedmont Park, historic Auburn Avenue and Oakland Cemetery.

There is still time to sign up; registration is $95 at Wednesday's race expo. Get all the details here. There are also Thanksgiving Day 5K, Mashed Potato Mile and Gravy Gallop options for those who aren't ready to tackle a half.

Can't make it to Atlanta on Thanksgiving morning? There are plenty of race options in the suburbs too! Here are a few of them:

Look out for runners on Ga. 400

Look out for runners on Ga. 400

ATLANTA -- Don't be alarmed if you see a whole bunch of people running down Georgia 400 this weekend.

The Pay the Last Toll road race will be held Sunday, Nov. 17 at 8:30 a.m., and gives athletes one last opportunity to see the infamous toll booths before they are demolished.

Runners will begin at the Glenridge Connector in Sandy Springs and run south to Phipps Plaza. When they reach the toll booths, they will throw in their final 50 cents. All proceeds will go to charity.

Northbound lanes of Ga. 400 will be closed for the race from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.

Get more information about the race at georgiagames.org.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will also spend part of the weekend tearing down a MARTA pedestrian bridge on southbound Ga. 400.

Everything You Need To Know About TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola

Everything You Need To Know About TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola
East Lake is not only the host of one of golf’s most prestigious – and largest – events, it’s also a world-class venue with an incredible history. East Lake itself, a sparkling stretch of water surrounded by forestland, was originally the site of an amusement park in the 1890s. Young Bob Jones, then 6, was present at the opening reception on that summer afternoon in the company of his father, “Colonel” Robert P. Jones. The elder Jones, already an active member, later served as president of the club from 1937 – 1942 and as a director for 38 years (Bob himself later also served as president from 1946-47). 
 
East Lake Golf Club was named the permanent home of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in 2005. It is the culminating event of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedEx Cup, with only the top 30 players on the points list qualifying each year.  
 
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