MACON – Tattnall Square Park will play host to two premiere events of athletic competition on Saturday, May 1 2010.
The 1st Annual Macon Cycling Classic will take place from 9 a.m. to approximately 7:30 p.m. with criterium races in 10 different categories. The course will be a 0.7 mile (1.1k) rectangular loop around Tattnall Square Park. A criterium is a fast-paced race, typically around a few city blocks closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Criterium racing is broken into various categories based on skill/ability, gender, and age, from first-time beginners through seasoned professionals. Criteriums are the most popular form of bicycle racing in the U.S. and have become enduring events in many cities including the “Athens Twilight Criterium” held annually in Athens, Ga. The race is being promoted and sponsored by Macon's Walthall Oil Cycling team and the collegiate Mercer Cycling team.
As the last criterium comes to a close, Bragg Jam’s Moonlight Miles 5K Fun Run will be gearing up with its course designed to start and finish around Tattnall Square Park. This is the third year for the nighttime running competition, which serves as a fundraiser for the Bragg Jam Festival and usually takes place in July. Organizers made the decision to move the race to May 1 when the opportunity became available to partner with the organizers of the Macon Cycling Classic and create a full day of activities in Tattnall Square Park, located in the heart of the College Hill Corridor. Registration and check-in for the Moonlight Miles begins at 7 p.m., with runners taking their mark at 8 p.m.
Organizers for both events are planning to feature live music, food and beverage vendors and family-friendly activities throughout the day in the park. The College Hill Alliance will host a free movie screening following the announcement of the Moonlight Miles winners.
For more information on both events, as well as links to register, visit www.maconcyclingclassic.com and www.braggjam.org.