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We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions
to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the date of the race?
The race is Saturday, October (TBD), 2018

2. What charity benefits from the race?
Net proceeds go to Make-A-Wish® Georgia to grant wishes for Cobb County children with life threatening medical conditions.

3. When & where does the race start?
The race begins and ends at the Marietta Square at 8 am. Participants will proceed through historic Marietta neighborhoods returning to the Square.

4. How do I register?
Runners may register through or through our website at which has a direct link to Registration forms may also be printed and mailed to the address below or brought to the race.

Make checks payable to Cobb County 5K and mail to:

Cobb County 5K
100 Cherokee Street, Suite 300
Marietta, GA 30090

Online registration through will close at the end of the working day on Thursday, Oct. 5. Mailed registration forms must be submitted and post-marked on or before Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.

Runners will have the option of electronic timed or untimed registration. The registration fees reflect the options.

Pre-registration Fees Received by Sept. 22                  Registration Fees after Sept. 22
Untimed - $25                        Timed - $30                      Untimed - $30                            Timed - $35

5. Can I register at the race?
Yes, walk-up registration will be available beginning at 7 am.

6. What distance is a 5K?
A 5K is 3.1 miles

7. Is the 5K a Peachtree Road Race qualifier?
The Cobb County 5K is an AJC Peachtree Road Race qualifier.

8. Who is eligible to participate?
We welcome runners and walkers of all ages to participate.

9. What is the parking information?
Parking will be available for $2 in either of the Cobb County Parking Decks (spots around the Square are free).

10. What type of shirt is given out?
All participants will receive a long-sleeved t-shirt.
11. What awards are given?
Award medals are given out in the following categories:

Men’s Overall
Women’s Overall
Men’s Master Overall
Women’s Master Overall

1st, 2nd & 3rd place medals are given out in each of the following age categories:
Men and Women: 10 and under, 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 and over.

12. When will the awards be given out?
Introductions and the plaque presentation to the t-shirt design contest winner will begin at 8:40 am followed by the runner medals presentation at 9 am. Wish Kids will be in attendance to hand out the medals to the winners.

13. When do I pick up my race number & shirt?
Runners will pick up their race number at the registration table at the beginning of the race. Shirts will be given out at the end of the race.

14. Will you mail my t-shirt in the event I don’t attend the race?
Only Phantom Runners will have their t-shirt mailed to them after the race.

15. Where will the restrooms be located?
The portable restrooms will be located across the street from the registration area on Winters Street.  

16. Where are the water stations?
Water will be available before and after the race and at two locations along the race route.

17. How will the weather affect the race?
The race will go on as planned unless conditions are deemed hazardous to runners and/or volunteers.

18. What is a Phantom Runner?
A Phantom Runner is someone who wants to support the 5K but is not able to attend the race. The fee for Phantom Runners is $20 and they must submit a registration form. They will receive a race t-shirt which will be mailed to them after the race.

19. Am I allowed to bring baby strollers/jogging strollers?
Strollers are allowed at the race. We ask that you be mindful of the other runners. For safety, we do not allow bicycles, skates, skateboards, etc.

20. Am I allowed to bring my pet?
Pets on leashes are allowed at the race. We ask that you be mindful of the other runners.

21. The race is advertised as a run but can we walk the route?
We are a family friendly race and we have a lot of walkers who participate.

22. I would like to get a group together to walk/run – what do I do?
Teams of 10 or more will receive a reduced registration fee of $15 untimed and $20 timed per runner.  

You can create a team on and have your friends and family register there. 

If you would like to register a team using a registration form you have two options in sending them in. Each participant will need to fill out an individual registration form. Forms may be duplicated. The fees can be collected by a main person in your group and one check sent in, or each runner can attach a check to their registration form which can be sent in as a group. 

If you decide to use the registration forms, we ask that you print the name of your team at the bottom of the form. This will help us know how many people are participating in each group. Before the 5K starts, our emcee will recognize all teams.

23. Is there a special registration for schools?
We offer school students, teachers and school groups a special registration rate of $10. You can register by using the special school registration form or you can go to where there will be a special category for school registration.   

NOTE: The reduced fee does not apply to student’s parents, grandparents or guardians. We want to offer this special discount to our students and educators only. Our main purpose is to raise funds to grant the wishes of some special children in our community, so we ask that you please be considerate of this request. 

24. Are there any activities planned after the race?
The Marietta’s Farmer’s Market will be set up on North Park Square at 9 am after the race.