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Faith Cline Elf Trot on Saturday

The 5k race will benefit the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children.

The second annual Faith Cline Elf Trot and Merry Mile will take place this Saturday, Dec. 3, at 4:30 p.m. —a local teen who died of a brain tumor in August 2010.

Faith is remembered as an inspiration to her friends, family and community. She received a brain cancer diagnosis at the age of 15 and graduated from  weeks before her passing, completing one of many goals she set out to accomplish on her wish list.

Proceeds of the twilight walk, run and stroll will benefit the Faith Cline Memorial Fund of the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children.

According to city officials, the race is co-sponsored by the Kennesaw Downtown Development Authority and the Kennesaw Optimist Club, and is the last of a held by the City of Kennesaw this year. The race will follow a number of holiday events in downtown Kennesaw that day, including at 1 p.m., live entertainment and a snow playground.

According to the event website, the route begins at , runs down Main Street, makes one loop around and returns to downtown Kennesaw. A merry mile will take place at 4:30 p.m., while the 5k kicks off at 5 p.m. There will also be a Tot Trot for young children at 5:45 p.m. starting at

The Kennesaw Mountain High School Jr. ROTC and children from the Brain Tumor Foundation will start the race, while the chorus will be at the finish line to greet racers in song. Hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows will also await hungry racers.

The race will be electronically timed by Zulu Racing. The post-race ceremony will include awards for 14 age groups as well as awards for the best elf costumes.

Early, online registration is $25 and is available at www.ElfTrot.com until midnight tonight. You can also register early at Big Peach Running Company or at . Register the day of the race for $30. Call 770-429-9733 for more information.

Steve Creason December 01, 2011 at 01:03 PM
Why is this called a "Holiday Parade" when it is a Christmas Parade?

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