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Orangetheory fitness to open Roswell studio

Orangetheory fitness to open Roswell studio

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Orangetheory Fitness will open several more studios in metro Atlanta this year.

The group exercise concept will debut its seventh Atlanta-area location in Roswell next month. The new Orangetheory will be located in the Roswell Crossing shopping center on West Crossville Road.

"We know this community will embrace this new fitness concept. Roswell has strong community support and pride," Cindy Hirsch, co-owner of the new studio, said in a release. Cindy and her husband Gary plan to open another Orangetheory studio in Suwanee in the fall. Other locations scheduled to open later this summer include Alpharetta and Druid Hills.

Orangetheory Fitness members engage in high-intensity cardio and strength training sessions. According to the company, each workout burns between 500 and 900 calories, and results in a metabolic increase that continues to burn calories for up to 36 hours.

Seniors enjoy water aerobics at Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex

Seniors enjoy water aerobics at Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex

Fulton County seniors enjoy getting fit during a water aerobics class at the Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex, which is located at 6500 Vernon Woods Drive in Sandy Springs, GA.  Benson, along with the H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multipurpose Facility, the Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility and the Helene S. Mills Senior Multipurpose Facility offer a variety of classes including:

• Water aerobics
• Fitness classes
• Health and chronic disease management classes 
• Arts classes such as painting, ceramics and jewelry making
• Computer courses
• Financial planning

For information on classes offered at the senior multipurpose facilities, please call the STARline at 404-613-6000.

Mellow Mushroom hosting Sports Authority shopping spree contest

Mellow Mushroom hosting Sports Authority shopping spree contest

(WXIA) -- In honor of its role as sponsor of the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race, Mellow Mushroom is hosting a contest for the runners, athletes and weekend warriors in metro Atlanta.

The Atlanta-based pizza chain has debuted its Mellow Sports Sweep contest. Based on the old game show "Supermarket Sweep," the contest will give two lucky winners the opportunity to go on a 90-second shopping spree at Sports Authority.

To enter, create a 15-second Instagram video using #MellowSportsSweep explaining why you should win the contest.

The grand prize includes two race entries into the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race, one night at the W Atlanta - Buckhead, dinner for two at Mellow Mushroom and, of course, the Sports Authority sweep.

Atlanta Track Club launches scholarship program

Atlanta Track Club launches scholarship program

(WXIA) -- Youth running groups, rejoice -- the Atlanta Track Club has created a scholarship program just for you.

The Peachtree Jr. Participant Challenge will award scholarships to the three organizations that have the most children registered for the 2014 Peachtree Jr. or Lil' Peach Dash.

The first place team will be given a $1,500 scholarship, a $1,250 cash donation from the Atlanta Track Club and $250 in Sports Authority store credit. Two runners-up will each get $750 scholarships, $500 donations and $250 in Sports Authority credit.

"Through the Peachtree Jr. Participant Challenge, we are able to give back to organizations that share our goal of inspiring children to be healthier and more active," Atlanta Track Club Executive Director Rich Kenah said in a release. "Atlanta Track Club is proud to partner with Sports Authority to offer these scholarships to provide extra motivation to keep kids moving."

AJC Peachtree Road Race registration is open!

AJC Peachtree Road Race registration is open!

ATLANTA -- It's that time of year again -- time to register for the world's largest 10K.

AJC Peachtree Road Race lottery registration is now open. It will close Saturday, Mar. 22 at 11:59 p.m.

Those who are chosen for the race will be informed by Tuesday, Mar. 25.

Visit ajc.com/peachtree to sign up.

The five finalists in the Peachtree T-shirt design contest have also been revealed. Vote for your favorite!

Alpharetta rower wins national title

Alpharetta rower wins national title

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- A member of the Saint Andrew Rowing Club placed first in her age group at a recent major competition.

Isabel Castro won the 4-minute row for 12- and 13-year-old women at the C.R.A.S.H.-B Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championship in Boston last weekend. She rowed 1,011 meters in those four minutes, beating the second-place finisher by 60 meters. See the results.

The 7th grader has competed in a number of regional and national rowing competitions, earning American and world records in her age group in the process.

Castro lives in Alpharetta and attends Piney Grove Middle School in Cumming.

Learn more about the Saint Andrew Rowing Club at standrewrowing.com.

Race this weekend: Warthog Waddle

Race this weekend: Warthog Waddle

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Wiphan Care Ministries' annual 5K, the Warthog Waddle, will be held in Roswell this weekend.

The race will be Saturday, Feb. 22 at Fellowship Bible Church. Registration and packet pick-up will begin at 6:45 a.m. A 1K fun run will start at 8 a.m., while the 5K will be off and running at 8:30 a.m.

Awards will be given to the overall male and female winners, and the top three finishers in each age group. All runners will also receive technical T-shirts, while fun run participants will get carved African pendants.

The Warthog Waddle costs $30 for the 5K and $20 for the 1K. Proceeds will benefit Wiphan, which cares for widows and orphans in Zambia. Race organizers hope to raise $25,000 for the charity.

A pre- and post-race market will allow runners to further benefit Wiphan. T-shirts, cookbooks and African jewelry will be sold at the market.