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Atlanta Track Club News
2/24/2023 by Barbara Huebner

Inaugural Run With Maud 5K to be Held May 6

ATLANTA - February 24, 2022 -- The Run with Maud 5K Run/Walk, an initiative to celebrate the life of Ahmaud Arbery and raise funds for the foundation established in his name, will take place on May 6 in Centennial Olympic Park.

The announcement came at a community conversation hosted by the Ahmaud Arbery Foundation and Atlanta Track Club Foundation on Friday evening, three years after the Brunswick, Georgia, man was shot and killed on February 23, 2020, while out for a run. The conversation was led by Wanda Cooper-Jones - Arbery's mother - and Alison Mariella Désir, author of "Running While Black."

"Ahmaud ran to feel free," said Cooper-Jones, who created the foundation. "It is the goal of the Ahmaud Arbery Foundation for all people to enjoy running for their mental and physical health. The Run with Maud 5K will raise awareness for that vision and funding to provide mental health resources for black boys."

Ahmaud Arbery would have turned 29 just two days after the run/walk.

Over the last 47 years, I have run in 35 countries and almost every state in the union - more than 40,000 miles," said Rich Kenah, CEO of Atlanta Track Club, which will serve as organizer of the run/walk. "Never once have I felt unsafe because of the color of my skin. The murder of Ahmaud Arbery brought that home to me like nothing had before. For Atlanta Track Club to play a role in an initiative that will further his legacy in raising that kind of awareness is an honor."

The run/walk will begin at 8 a.m. on May 6, with all proceeds benefitting the Ahmaud Arbery Foundation.Registration is now open. It will be part of a day-long celebration of running in downtown Atlanta. Later in the day, Centennial Olympic Park will host the Running City Mile and the adidas Atlanta City Games.