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Bulldog Dash now a Peachtree Road Race qualifier

The next Peachtree Road Race is 11 months away, but runners can get a head start on qualifying for the world’s largest 10K.

The 15th annual Bulldog Dash, which is hosted by North Gwinnett High School, will be a Peachtree Road Race qualifier.

“We made a big push to kind of make it a little more meaningful for some runners,” North Gwinnett coach John Rowland said. “We had someone come out certify the course for us.”

The 5K race will begin on Saturday at 8 a.m. at North Gwinnett and race day registration is $25. The race supports the North Gwinnett cross country teams with their travel, equipment and banquet costs. Rowland expects to have about 450 runners on the course that starts on West Price Road, goes down and back on Level Creek Road and finishes at the football stadium.

This year’s race will be a USATF certified course and will be chip timed. “That’s unusual for a small race. That will mean faster results and more accurate results,” Rowland said.

Awards will be given to the overall male and female winners and for first through third in each age group for male and females.

“It’s the 15th anniversary, so we’re excited about that,” Rowland said. “It’s the athletic kickoff for our school. It’s the first major event. We have a lot of people from the community come run it.”