Sunrise on the Square race Saturday
by Wes Mayer
Runners of all shapes and sizes will have the chance to race through one of Newnan’s historic districts Saturday morning. Main Street Newnan will host the annual Sunrise on the Square Road Race, a five kilometer race through the Greenville-LaGrange Historic District. The race will start at 8 a.m. “It’s a great chance for everyone to come into downtown and have fun with it,” said Newnan Business Development Director Hasco Craver IV.
The race will begin at Piedmont Newnan Fitness Center on West Court Square at West Broad and will travel down LaGrange Street to the area of Newnan High School. Runners will then turn around and travel LaGrange Street and make a right onto Alpine Drive, following it onto Woodbine Drive.
“They will run the big hilly loop,” Craver said. “It is picturesque, shaded and covered in trees, but it is some very hilly terrain. It is a great way to show off the community.”
The LaGrange Street area is part of the Greenville-LaGrange Historic District, one of several historic district listings in Newnan on the National Register of Historic Places.
After conquering Newnan’s version of heartbreak hill (the infamous hill in the Peachtree Road Race), runners will turn back onto LaGrange Street toward downtown. Runners will then switch over to Greenville Street on Salbide Avenue and continue into downtown, where the finish line awaits near the Morgan Jewelers store on North Court Square.
A water station will be provided at the halfway point of the 3.1-mile run, and there will be water available at the finish line. A full view of the race’s route can be seen on mapmyrun.com.
The race is sponsored by Mike Fitzpatrick Ford, and times will be recorded by Pacesetter’s PR, a sanctioned race management company from Atlanta. Prizes will be awarded to the winners in the individual men’s and women’s age groups.
Local and non-local runners, walkers or skippers of all ages are invited to participate in the 5K, Craver said, and there are two shorter races for participants who might not be able to run more than three miles. Before the race begins, runners can loop around the square in the 1 Mile Fun Run at 7:45 a.m., and after the race, around 8:45 a.m., younger runners can participate in the Tot Trot.
Early registration has ended, but participants can register for $25 on Saturday. Registration can be completed on active.com or by completing the form found on mainstreetnewnan.com.
About 200 to 250 participants are expected in this year’s Sunrise on the Square Road Race, and it will take place rain or shine.