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Race in Alpharetta raises money for Huntington’s disease
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May 29, 2013 11:31 AM | 1743 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray<br>Mammoth Hand Car Wash and Detail in Alpharetta is organizing the first-ever Tusk Run 5K, which will raise money for the Georgia chapter of Huntington's Disease Society of America. Volunteer Alec Blenis shows off a custom-made tusk plaque for the winners of the June 8 race.
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Mammoth Hand Car Wash and Detail in Alpharetta is organizing the first-ever Tusk Run 5K, which will raise money for the Georgia chapter of Huntington's Disease Society of America. Volunteer Alec Blenis shows off a custom-made tusk plaque for the winners of the June 8 race.
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Watching a close friend support two family members through their battles with Huntington’s disease influenced Alpharetta businessman and runner Jimmy Tester to organize the inaugural Tusk Run 5K.

Mammoth Hand Car Wash and Detail Salon in Alpharetta, which Tester owns, is hosting the race as a fundraiser to benefit the Georgia chapter of Huntington’s Disease Society of America.

The 5K is set for June 8 at 7:30 a.m. and will start at the intersection of Canton Street and School Drive in Alpharetta at the entrance to Independence High School. Free parking will be available at the school.

“It can be a walk or a run,” said Tester, who has participated in 5Ks, 10Ks, half-marathons and obstacle races. “Some people prefer just getting together and making it an event to hang out with good times and good people, and others just want to compete and run fast. I think it will be a pretty fast course. There are not a lot of hills here in downtown Alpharetta.”

The course travels up Canton Street to Mayfield Road, down Main Street, west on Old Milton Parkway to Wills Road, and then east on Milton Avenue, ending on Old Roswell Street. The race is certified as a qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta.

To make the event a bit festive, runners and walkers are encouraged to dress up as cave men and cave women. Children and babies can even compete in the costume contest, Tester said. Prizes will be given out to those with the best prehistoric outfits.

“I think that’s going to make it exciting,” he said. “People love dressing up and having some fun.”

Going along with the theme, the awards for the race winners are custom-made tusk plaques, Tester said. The overall male and female winner will also receive a $300 gift card to Mammoth Detail Salon. The awards ceremony is set to start about 8:15 a.m. After the race, participants will receive snacks and a goodie bag from sponsors. There will also be a silent auction of sports memorabilia with items including a Chipper Jones autographed baseball, a hand-painted baseball bat signed by David Justice, and a framed University of Georgia Bulldogs picture signed by 24 players and coaches.

Tester anticipates 200 to 300 participants for the inaugural race and intends to make it an annual fundraiser to benefit those affected by Huntington’s disease.
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