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Owners of a local fitness studio are preparing to welcome the Decatur community to meet them at the barre! From the same successful leadership team behind the Virginia Highland studio, Pure Barre Decatur will make its debut this spring. The new location is the latest and greatest franchise of Pure Barre, the largest, most established network of barre studios in the nation, headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C. 


Pure Barre Decatur is estimated to open on early April and will be located at 415 Church St., Decatur, Ga. 30030, and pre-opening specials are now available. The studio is owned by locals Ashley Goot and Katy Bayless Gibson, who have already established a reputation as an effective option for exercise in the Virginia Highland neighborhood. 


DeKalb spring sports registration opens

DeKalb spring sports registration opens

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Registration for one adult and two youth sports in DeKalb County is now open.

Youth Soccer

Soccer is for children ages 4-14. The season includes eight games. Registration ranges in price from $45 to $85 per child and closes Monday, Feb. 16.

DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May said the county's soccer program is designed to instill skill development, fitness and team training drills.

Sign up at any DeKalb recreation center or dekalbcountyga.gov.

Adult Softball

DeKalb County offers both men's and co-ed softball leagues. The season begins in March and includes 10 regular games. Registration closes Monday, Feb. 23.

The cost is $420 per team. An additional $20 will be added for each non-DeKalb County resident.

Race this weekend: Run with the Dogs

Race this weekend: Run with the Dogs

DECATUR, Ga. -- Two- and four-legged runners alike are invited to participate in a 5K this weekend.

This year's Run with the Dogs - Frostbite 5K will be Saturday, Jan. 10 at Decatur High School. Race day registration opens at 8 a.m., and the run/walk is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Runners are welcome to bring their dogs.

Registration is $30 and includes a cotton T-shirt. For City of Decatur students and teachers, the price drops to $20. Proceeds will benefit the Decatur Bulldogs Boosters, a group that funds athletic programs at Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School.

Visit rungeorgia.com for more information and to sign up.

Decatur High School is located at 310 North McDonough Avenue. The race will begin and end in front of the school gym.

Race this weekend: Beat the Street for Little Feet

Race this weekend: Beat the Street for Little Feet

DECATUR, Ga. -- Run a 5K through beautiful downtown Decatur this weekend.

Beat the Street for Little Feet will raise money for Oakhurt Cooperative Preschool. The race will be held at the school on Saturday, May 3. Registration opens at 7 a.m. and will be followed by the 5K at 8 a.m., a 1-mile race at 8:45 a.m. and a fun run at 9 a.m.

The 5K costs $25 in advance and $30 on race day. The 1-mile run is $20 ahead of time and $25 day of, while the fun run is $15 in advance and $20 at the event.

All runners will receive T-shirts featuring Pete the Cat, a beloved children's character created by Georgia author and illustrator James Dean. Children who participate in a tot trot will be given Pete the Cat medals.

Visit rungeorgia.com for more information about the event.

Oakhurt Cooperative Preschool is located at 830 West College Avenue.

Atlanta Track Club launches scholarship program

Atlanta Track Club launches scholarship program

(WXIA) -- Youth running groups, rejoice -- the Atlanta Track Club has created a scholarship program just for you.

The Peachtree Jr. Participant Challenge will award scholarships to the three organizations that have the most children registered for the 2014 Peachtree Jr. or Lil' Peach Dash.

The first place team will be given a $1,500 scholarship, a $1,250 cash donation from the Atlanta Track Club and $250 in Sports Authority store credit. Two runners-up will each get $750 scholarships, $500 donations and $250 in Sports Authority credit.

"Through the Peachtree Jr. Participant Challenge, we are able to give back to organizations that share our goal of inspiring children to be healthier and more active," Atlanta Track Club Executive Director Rich Kenah said in a release. "Atlanta Track Club is proud to partner with Sports Authority to offer these scholarships to provide extra motivation to keep kids moving."

AJC Peachtree Road Race registration is open!

AJC Peachtree Road Race registration is open!

ATLANTA -- It's that time of year again -- time to register for the world's largest 10K.

AJC Peachtree Road Race lottery registration is now open. It will close Saturday, Mar. 22 at 11:59 p.m.

Those who are chosen for the race will be informed by Tuesday, Mar. 25.

Visit ajc.com/peachtree to sign up.

The five finalists in the Peachtree T-shirt design contest have also been revealed. Vote for your favorite!

2nd annual Race for the Arts 5K Run/Walk

2nd annual Race for the Arts 5K Run/Walk