RunDunwoody encourages a team challenge. Shown are some of the children and grandchildren of Charlie Augello (R), a Rotary Club member and proprietor of the East 48th Street Market in Dunwoody.

The Rotary Club of Dunwoody will present the third annual RunDunwoody on Oct. 21.

Rotary Race to Serve kicks off at 7 a.m. in the Target parking lot at Perimeter Place Center. The 5K run is a certified Peachtree Road Race qualifier and the 1-mile Fun Run, Tot Trot and Family Festival offer fun for all. Proceeds support the Rotary club’s service focus on improving literacy and public health – universally essential ingredients for a quality life – and the first responders who make our community safe.

Registration is now open for individuals and teams of runners. In the spirit of good-natured community fun, RunDunwoody 2012 presents the team challenge.

The RunDunwoody team challenge invites the community to organize teams of runners to register and compete against other teams in six team categories. “What a great way to celebrate the spirit and vitality of the Dunwoody community and the many groups who come from far and wide in what is fast becoming a signature Dunwoody event,” says Race Chairman Kelly Hundley. Award posters and a complimentary team photo await those teams showing true community spirit by having the most registered runners in these categories:

• Business/Corporate

• Civic and community groups (New this year!)

• Running clubs/fitness organizations

• Schools

• First Responders

• Not-for-profit service organizations

Team challenge winners will be announced at 7:40 a.m. on race day immediately before the race start and commemorative photos will be taken at that time. In addition and in special appreciation for their enthusiastic participation, not-for-profit and school teams that register 50 or more runners will receive a $100 gift card as our thanks.

Team challenge runners may be anyone who is proud to associate with your organization: employees, members, customers, families, fans, or even Phantom Runners. The ever-popular Phantom Runners get an official t-shirt and avoid the sweat – all for a minimum donation of $25. What better way to build and celebrate teamwork than to compete and win a team challenge. And even better to do so while having fun, enhancing good health and supporting the community.

The Rotary Club of Dunwoody salutes corporate sponsors and thanks them for their generosity and enthusiastic participation. The E.48th St. Market, diamond sponsor and media sponsor Crier Newspapers are joined by emerald sponsors Keller Williams Atlanta Perimeter, Dated Events, Costco Wholesale, Georgetown, Park Place and Perimeter Station Shopping Centers and Saint Joseph’s Hospital. Ruby sponsors include Combined Services, Inc., Creative Financial Group, Georgia Gulf, AT&T, The Medicine Shoppe, Galla’s Pizza, Kroger, Wells Real Estate Funds, Private Bank of Buckhead, Siegel & Dolt Comprehensive Dental Care, Medical Testing Services, Inc. and Goodwill Industries of North Georgia.

“We are very proud of our community, what it does, how we’ve been able to contribute through the years, and what we can do as a community when we work together. We want to create something special for the community and know that with the community’s support, we can do that,” says Dunwoody Rotary president-elect Susan Schwall.

To that end, the race committee continues its quest for sponsors. Sponsorship levels range from $1,000 to $10,000 for race sponsorship and from $200 - $999 for Friends of the Run. Those interested in sponsorship may contact the race director at

It’s time to RunDunwoody now – as a sponsor, friend of the run, runner, walker or team! To learn more or to register for RunDunwoody 2012 go to

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