A fun, informal offering for those wanting to forgo the hectic nature of the AJC Peachtree Road Race, Wednesday's event will start at 7:30 a.m. at the lower pool in the Waterford subdivision then wind its way toward downtown Cartersville. Afterward, there will be a children's fun run that will loop around the Waterford subdivision, located off Etowah Drive.
"It started last year on July 3," England said. "We had guys that had bibs for the Peachtree and didn't want to wake up early and go down there. So we decided we would have our own six-mile road race. It was three of us actually and two of us actually finished. But we had decided, once we got done, that we'd like to make that a bigger event. This year the plan was to have a little more [participation], maybe 20 or 30 [people], but who knows where it's going to go."
Along with providing local runners an opportunity to stretch their legs at home, the Etowah Road Race also will support a different cause in the community each year. While there is no registration fee, England encourages runners to support the Barkley family's adoption journey by purchasing a T-shirt at www.adoptionbug.com/barkleyfamily and wearing it on race day.
Scott and Amy Barkley currently are raising funds to cover expenses accrued with adopting a 2-year-old girl from China. While this will be the Cartersville couple's third adoption, it will be their first experience adopting internationally.
"One thing we would like for everyone to understand is that a lot of people, they say that they're not called to adopt," Scott Barkley said. "And we understand that, but whenever someone gives toward adoption, they are involved in it because that child does not find a family without that individual's gift, without that individual's participation. So it's important for people to understand just how heavily involved they are in that.
"Speaking from my personal perspective, we're indebted to those people. Right now, the emotional term for us -- and this will be a little bit hard to describe -- is that we have three children here with us and we have yet another child in China. We are about 10 to 12 weeks out from going to get her, and if anybody had a child that was oversees [who is] 2 and she's in an orphanage, they would be thankful to anybody who was willing to help go get them. So that's sort of the emotional place we're in."
For more information about the Etowah Road Race, email England at firstname.lastname@example.org.