Let the good times run: Mardi Gras 5K on Feb. 8 to benefit Junior League of Cobb-Marietta
by Sally Litchfield
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Junior League of Cobb-Marietta Chair Elect Katie Derman, committee chairwoman for the organization’s Mardi Gras 5K Run, and other club members set up a booth at the Big Peach Running Company in Kennesaw. Other club members are, from left, Julie Baer, Erin Rusin, Jamie Wilson, Neely Thornton, Anne Stuart, Jenna Devine and Brittany Coleman. <br> Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Junior League of Cobb-Marietta Chair Elect Katie Derman, committee chairwoman for the organization’s Mardi Gras 5K Run, and other club members set up a booth at the Big Peach Running Company in Kennesaw. Other club members are, from left, Julie Baer, Erin Rusin, Jamie Wilson, Neely Thornton, Anne Stuart, Jenna Devine and Brittany Coleman.
Staff/Kelly J. Huff
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Saucony shoes technical representative Nathan Haskins shows a few shoes from the company line to Derman, Lipani and Meyer at the Big Peach Running Company on Saturday. Haskins was there to support the groups’ Mardi Gras 5K Run to be held on Feb. 8 on the Marietta Square.
Saucony shoes technical representative Nathan Haskins shows a few shoes from the company line to Derman, Lipani and Meyer at the Big Peach Running Company on Saturday. Haskins was there to support the groups’ Mardi Gras 5K Run to be held on Feb. 8 on the Marietta Square.
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Lace up your tennis shoes and grab your crew! It’s time to run the 5th Annual Marietta Mardi Gras 5K Run on Feb. 8 on the Marietta Square.

All proceeds benefit the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta and its Community Partners.

The 5K start time is 8 a.m. and 1K start time is 8:45 a.m. Tot Trot begins at 9 a.m. Participants and spectators are encouraged to dress in Mardi Gras attire. The fee is $30 for 5K and 1K, and $15 for Tot Trot. Phantom runners are welcome.

“JLCM has served the Marietta and Cobb Communities for over 80 years now by providing grants and hands-on volunteer hours to partner organizations who directly impact the lives of women, children and families,” said Renae Meyer, 2013-14 JLCM president. “By serving in leadership positions within the organization, League women learn valuable non-profit organizational skills that they carry with them throughout their lifetime and in turn, continue to utilize these skills to improve the lives of others.”

Emily Lipani, 2013-14 Marietta Mardi Gras 5K Run Chair said, “The Marietta Mardi Gras 5K Run is our second largest fundraiser. The proceeds from the race benefit ongoing community projects.” Lipani has been a JLCM member since 2011.

JLCM’s community partners includes nonprofits such as The Center for Children and Young Adults, The Center for Family Resources, Cobb County Safety Village, Communities In Schools of Marietta/Cobb County, Cobb County Youth Museum, Kidz2Leaders, Reconnecting Families, SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center and YWCA of Northwest Georgia.

Not only is this a family event, the fundraiser supports established non-profits that have given back to the Cobb County community for decades.

“The success of this event contributes to the sustainability of the JLCM and its continued support of the Cobb community and residents,” said Meyer of Acworth.

“Because this is a Peachtree (Road Race qualifier), we have participants who are serious runners in addition to the registrants who are out to get some exercise and fulfill New Year’s resolutions. Whether our participants walk or run, smiles are almost guaranteed as they cross the finish line with friends, family and fellow runners dressed in Mardi Gras costumes,” Meyer said.

“The Junior League of Cobb Marietta supports the women and children right here in our community. When you support the Junior League, 100 percent of your donation stays here in Cobb County,” Lipani said.

For registration and other details, visit jlcm.org.

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