All aboard the Great Locomotive Chase 5K

Main Street in downtown Kennesaw -- in aricle on Kennesaw Grand PrixKennesaw's downtown (photo By Thomson200 - Own work, CC0,

The Kennesaw Grand Prix 5K Series continues with Great Locomotive Chase 5K, which will take place in Downtown Kennesaw on Saturday, September 29.

The race is the fifth of six 5K’s in the Kennesaw Grand Prix, a series of 5K’s which began in May of this year to raise money for organizations including the Wounded Warrior Project, KSU’s veterans scholarship fund, and Disabled American Veterans.

The Great Locomotive Chase 5K benefits the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, a Smithsonian Affiliations member that educates visitors on the strategic and economic role of railroad transportation during and after the Civil War. The Museum is located near Downtown Kennesaw.

The race day packet pickup and late registration starts at 6:30 a.m., followed by a 1 mile fun run at 7:30 a.m. The actual 5K starts at 8 a.m. and the children’s Tot Trot starts at 8:55. The day will wrap up at 9:15 with an award ceremony, with awards for the first overall male and female finishers, masters male and female runners, and top three male and female runners in fourteen age brackets. There will also be a special VIP reception for the first 50 finishers.

Cost for individual age group 5K run is $25, which will go up to $30 on September 19 and includes a shirt. The $15 one mile-run is untimed, but also includes a shirt. The tot-trot is free.

Parking is available in several lots, including Kennesaw First Baptist Church. No dogs are allowed, but walkers and strollers are permitted lined up behind runners.

The 5K is professionally timed and can qualify runners for the Peachtree Road Race in July of 2019. Participants of at least four races can receive a Kennesaw Grand Prix-branded pullover.

The sixth and final race of the Kennesaw Grand Prix 5K series, the Garden Gallop 5K, will take place on Saturday, October 27, in Downtown Kennesaw. It will benefit the Smith-Gilbert Gardens educational programming and live plant collections.

Participants can find more information about the Great Locomotive Race 5K and register at the Kennesaw Grand Prix website.