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Paper Doll Parade and
Breast Cancer Awareness 5K Road Race 
Saturday, Sept. 28
Ridge Ferry Park
5 p.m. start

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Date: Saturday, Sept. 28


Start and Finish Location: Ridge Ferry Park on gravel trail in front of the Coca-Cola stage. 


Run: The 5K is set to start at approximately 5 p.m.

Health Walk: The walk is set to start at approximately 5:15 p.m.


Race Certification: The course is certified and serves as a Peachtree Road Race qualifier.


Registration: Registration will open on Monday, July 22. 5K cost is $26 and the walk is $21. A portion of race funds goes to help support mammography scholarships. Registration closes on Sunday, Sept. 24. Late registration, in-person only is $36 for the 5K and $26 for the walk. Race day registration is $40 for the 5K and $30 for the walk.

Costume Contest: We will have a pre-race costume contest and encourage all runners, walkers, spectators and more to help celebrate the event by wearing pink or dressing up.

Group Registration: We offer a discount for groups of 20 or more, who register for the walk or run. Group Registration closes on Friday, Sept. 17. There is no late registration for groups.


Group registration cost is $16 for the walk and $21 for the run. The group discount will not apply during half-off week, however everyone in the group can register at the half-off price.

One person in the group will be responsible for packet pick-up and communication should race times, walk times or events change.

Groups with 20 or more registered walkers or runners can have their packets and race shirts delivered to their business. That group’s packets, numbers and shirts will be boxed or bagged and delivered on Wednesday, Sept. 25. It is the group’s responsibility to distribute the packets once they have been dropped off. We can only deliver to businesses in Rome. 


​​Packet Pickup: Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation will host packet pick-up on Thursday, Sept. 26 and Friday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in our offices at 1 Shorter Avenue. ​​ There will also be race-day packet pick-up starting at 2 p.m. and ending at 4:30 p.m..

Walk Details:  The walk consists of portions of a gravel path and paved trail surface within Ridge Ferry Park. The distance is approximately 1.7 miles and will not be timed. Dogs on a leash are allowed during the walk, but walkers must clean up after their pets.


Run Details: The run consists of portions of gravel path as well as paved trails within Ridge Ferry Park. The course is flat and fast with only one true hill. Due to trail size, we ask anyone wanting to use a baby jogger to start at the back of the running pack. While we love our four-legged friends, dogs are not allowed to participate in the 5K race.


Post Race: There will be fruit, Powerade and water on the concrete pad in front of the Coca-Cola Stage at Ridge Ferry Park as well as music and lots of fun. There will also be food trucks on hand.


Water: There will be one water station on the course.


Awards: The top three finishers in their age groups as well as the first overall male and female, first overall male and female master’s runners and first overall male and female grandmasters runner receive awards. The awards ceremony will start at approximately 6 p.m.

Age Groups: 8 and under, 9-10, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

Weather or other issues: All attempts will be made for the race and walk to run as scheduled. This is a rain-or-shine event. If the race has to be postponed for a weather event or other reason we will schedule a make-up day and time and communicate this information through media channels, our social media accounts, our website and via the email address registrants entered on their forms.

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