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Savage Race organizers request permit to return
by Adam Elrod
August 28, 2013 09:19 AM | 2213 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Savage Race organizers are planning to organize multiple races in Paulding County five months after a successful first event, and were asking the board of commissioners this week to allow them to do so.

The event is a five- to six-mile run through mud and an obstacle course which draws competitors from throughout the Southeast.

Keith Moon, owner of the planned race site at Moonlight Stables Equestrian Center at 2462 Harmony Grove Church Road in Dallas, has applied for a special use permit.

His request seeks approval of an event twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. If the permit is approved, it is scheduled for Oct. 5.

“The community wants it,” Moon said.

The Paulding County Planning Commission was set to give a recommendation and the county board of commissioners consider voting on it this week.

Moon hosted the race May 11 and said it was a success. Savage Race CEO Sam Abbitt said they were able to build a rapport with the community and would like to return.

“It was a great event,” he said. “People came from all over the state.”

Abbitt said they were welcomed by the community, which does not happen everywhere they take the race.

They had about 300 volunteers from the community including the Paulding County High School Touchdown Club, the North Paulding Touchdown Club, the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office and the Paulding County Fire Department.

Moon said, “It is a positive push for the community.”

Organizations who helped with the race received some of the $8,000 the Savage Race donated. Also the race partners with Make-A-Wish Georgia, which sells water balloons to throw at runners to raise funds for the organization.

For more information about the race and how to volunteer visit

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