Run (or walk) with pride

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If you’re trying to clear your morning fog with a cup of Starbucks or getting your workout going at LA Fitness at Ansley Mall tomorrow, look out for the runners.

Somewhere near 500 sweaty gay and lesbian runners will be milling around early in the morning for the 18th running of the unofficial sports event of the Atlanta Pride Festival. Trouble is, Pride moved and so did the 18th Annual Atlanta Front Runners Pride Run/Walk.

Hint: If you’re one of those kind-hearted gay race fans who cheers on participants from the porch of their Grant Park home every year, forget it. The race dumped you and moved on to Ansley. Sorry.

Hint, hint: If you’re looking for Pride, well sweetie, that’s next weekend.

If you’re a runner looking for a cause, there’s still time to register. Just show up well in advance of tomorrow’s 8 a.m. start time and they’ll squeeze you in. You’ll still get a t-shirt and grab bag of goodies. Your race fee, like everyone else’s, will go towards a big charitable contribution to Jerusalem House, which provides housing for people with HIV/AIDS.

Check back tomorrow for photos from the event. See, you can enjoy it without getting up early on a Saturday. For a fuller preview, read my recent Southern Voice sports column.

Photo: Sher Pruitt, Southern Voice


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