RACE DAY INFORMATION
As one of America’s best communities in which to raise a family, the City of Kennesaw is committed to providing a healthy, progressive and quality living environment. One of the City’s current “quality of life” initiatives is “Fit City Kennesaw” which focuses on developing and promoting programs that encourage “healthy living” through regular exercise while raising dollars to support local programs and facilities. Our Kennesaw Grand Prix 5k Series is part of this larger initiative.
The Kennesaw Grand Prix 5k Series is composed of six, 5k races between May and October. Each race is held in downtown Kennesaw and combined draw thousands of runners and walkers. Runners/Walkers that participate in 4 or more races are eligible to receive a specially designed hooded pullover. The pullover is made of premium soft French terry, is imprinted with the Kennesaw Grand Prix logo and will help you stay warm and comfortable.
Each event is a festival like atmosphere with music and information on nutrition, exercise and health. Monies raised as a result of the 5k races support the following local causes: the Swift-Cantrell Foundation, Wounded Heroes, The Smith-Gilbert Gardens Foundation, the Kennesaw Museum Foundation, The Bill Thrash Teen Center, The Dave Krache Foundation.
The primary goals of the “Fit City Kennesaw” initiative and the Kennesaw Grand Prix 5k Series are to improve the quality of life for Kennesaw residents, promote healthy living through exercise; and raise monies to support local programs and facilities.
Please consider getting involved with your Kennesaw community by either participating in the Grand Prix Series, making a contribution, having your company sponsor a race or volunteering. For additional information please contact us utilizing the form below.
We are grateful to all of our friends and neighbors who are making this vision possible. Our goal is to have minimal impact on residents, businesses and traffic by developing and implementing a comprehensive race and traffic plan.
Posted signs for road closures along Main Street and in the downtown Kennesaw indicate roads will be closed from 6am-10am. Please note that this DOES NOT MEAN THAT ALL ROADS ARE CLOSED FOR A 5 FULL HOURS….THE PLAN IS TO HAVE OFFICERS STATIONED AT ALL CRITICAL CROSSROADS AND INTERSECTIONS – i.e., Knightsbridge and Main Street, Jiles and Main Street. THEY WILL LET CARS GO UNTIL RACERS APPEAR IN THOSE PLACES.
ONCE THE RACERS GO BY AND IT’S SAFE TO LET TRAFFIC OUT, TRAFFIC CAN FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FROM THE OFFICERS AND GO ON THEIR WAY. OUR GOAL IS THAT ANY INCONVENIENCE SHOULD BE MINIMAL.
From 6am -10am:
Main Street closed from Watts Drive to Lewis Street;
Cherokee Street closed from Sardis to Main Street;
JO Stephenson closed from Main Street to Dallas Street.
From 7:30 a.m. – 9:15am:
Main Street closed from Moon Station Road to Swift-Cantrell Park;
Lewis Street closed from Dallas to Main Street.
For 1 mile fun run this portion of the road will be closed for approximately 15 minutes from 7:30 a.m.-7:45 a.m. (Kennesaw First Baptist to just after Knightsbridg Road. Knightsbridge will remain open until the 5k begins at 8am.
The road will be closed from 8:00 a.m. thru approximately 8:45 a.m. for the 5k.
(Kennesaw First Baptist passing Knightsbridge, Jiles, Rutledge to Swift Cantrell Park and back to downtown)
However, as runners or walkers pass key intersections police will allow traffic to resume if gaps occur between runners.
Drivers should experience minimal wait times.
SCHEDULE of EVENTS:
Race registration and packet pick-up will begin at approximately 6am at the Kennesaw First Baptist Church; runners/walkers should pick up their race packets no later than 7:15am.
Race events start at 7:30 a.m. in front of the Kennesaw 1st Baptist Church.
The 1 mile fun run will begin at 7:30 a.m. Runners/Walkers will proceed north from the Kennesaw First Baptist Church just beyond Knightsbridge Road, turn around and come back south on Main Street ..finishing in downtown Kennesaw.
The 5K will begin at 8:00 a.m. At this time the entire race route will be completely closed to traffic for the shortest time possible making it safe for the runners to run the route on Main Street north to Swift Cantrell Park, one time around the outer trail of the park, then back south on Main Street to finish line near Trackside Grill….thus delaying traffic for the shortest amount of time possible.
OFFICERS WILL BE STATIONED AT ALL CRITICAL CROSSROADS AND INTERSECTIONS
After the 5K race at 8:45 am the little ones will be released to run the Tot Trot starting from the Big Shanty Barber Shop from the Lewis Street area south on Main Street to the finish line just past Eaton Chiropractic.
AFTER THE RUNS THE AWARDS AND REFRESHMENTS INFORMATION:
All races end with an after party in the Depot Plaza… just a few yards from the finish line!
Award distribution begins at 9 a.m. and refreshments are available immediately following the race.
A VIP area for the first 50 finishers will be held on the rooftop of Trackside Grill, we will have cool towels, refreshments and runners to go and get your goodie bags.
Each road will be opened as quickly as possible to ensure the least amount of impact. Cherokee Street between Sardis Road and Main Street and Main Street between Moon Statin and Watts Drive will remain closed until the completion of the awards ceremony and all timing equipment has been cleared from the roads. All roads will open at approximately 10 a.m.
Main Street areas will be in clean up, and once that is done that entire area will be reopened.