Racers enjoy the small town feel and warm reception of Cedartown residents.
CEDARTOWN, Ga. - - Add one more classic example to the long list of occasions demonstrating American small towns have big hearts. The Cedartown 5K wheelchair race is a great prep for the Shepherd Center event on July 4th in Atlanta.
It's also a time when competitors become close on a personal level. At a big event like the one in Atlanta, they stay at many different hotels. In Cedartown, they're at one location, so there's a chance to do more than compare race times.
Most of them will be in the 10K in Atlanta on Thursday, and that's the reason they come to Georgia. But starting in 2000, it also became very convenient to come a few days early and compete in a warmup event.
"Nice town, friendly people" says eight time paralympic medalist Cheri Madsen. Race organizer Dave Grove made a run to the Hartsfield Jackson airport Monday to pick up some competitors for that evening's race. He also made sure they had transportation to Atlanta Tuesday.
This in the end is indeed all about winning. Cedartown is winning friends.