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Lace up your running shoes and get ready for some change.

The 18th Annual Atlanta Front Runners Pride Run/Walk is set for June 28, but it’s changing locations and is no longer an anchor sporting event of the Atlanta Pride Festival.

The 3.1-mile run, typically held at Grant Park, has moved the starting line to Ansley Mall. And while it’s staying put on the last Saturday in June, Atlanta Pride moved its event back a week, to July 4-6.

Some 500 participants are expected for the run and walk and organizers hope they help raise $10,000 for the Jerusalem House, which provides housing for people with HIV/AIDS. The event has donated more than $150,000 for charity since its inception in 1990.

I talked with race organizers for my Southern Voice sport column this week:

“We think the change to Ansley will be well received,” said Bernie Colligan, president of Front Runners Atlanta. “It’s a beautiful course and it’s just a good spot to start it from.”

Read the full column. Check out the new route after the jump.

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