He’s looking forward to training and racing along Cedartown’s quiet and curvy roads, thankful to have some recovery time from his long trip abroad before heading off to the hustle and bustle of Atlanta.
Foulsham is just one of several dozen wheelchair racers visiting Cedartown from all across the U.S. and the world, hoping to improve their performance in Atlanta’s Fourth of July Road Race by participating in the fifth annual Cedartown Pre-Peachtree Training Camp.
A 16-year racing veteran, Foulsham has attended other camps similar to Cedartown’s, but says that the ability to train with top athletes in a laid-back environment sets the Cedartown camp apart from others.
Racer Tom Ottenwess couldn’t agree more.
Coming from Michigan, this is Ottenwess’ third year of attending the Cedartown camp. “This is definitely a one-of-a-kind camp. I’m looking forward to the race and training with all these people is a big advantage for me,” said the 19-year racing veteran.
This is also the Anthony Russo’s third year of attending the camp. “This camp is so much more competitive since you’ve got the world’s top athletes.” Russo, who hails from Tucson, Arz., has been competing nationally since he was 11 years old. “I’ve participated in camps before, but coming here to the camp really ups your game.”
Tonight the racers will compete in the Advance Rehab 5K race.
The race, rain or shine, is slated to begin at 7 p.m. at the south end of Peek Park and will end near the College Street park entrance.
From the starting line, racers will turn onto Lakeside Drive. From there, they will travel down Wiley Road, then George West Road, and then onto Marshall Street.
The racers will take a left onto John Phillips Road, then
move on to John Hand Road, from there it is a straight shot down College Street to the finish line.
The fifth annual race, along with the Pre-Peachtree Training Camp will close several roads and alter traffic flow today through Wednesday.
On June 30, racers will train for the Peachtree Race along some of Cedartown’s city streets.
Though no roads will be closed, Lindy Fairel, training camp organizer, said that motorists should try and redirect their travel plans to accommodate the racers.
On June 30, one training session will be held from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.
Roads used during the training sessions will be College Street, Jule Peek Road, John Hand Road, Cave Spring Road, Sixth Street, Seab Green Road and Friendship Road.
Today, the areas near College Street, Springdale Lake, John Phillips Road and Marshall Street will be limited to traffic during the morning hours. Police will be present during this time.
At 6:45 p.m., these areas will be closed down to traffic, so motorists should have alternate routes of travel, said officials.