5th Annual Footprints for the Future Road Race & Book Festival

We hope you enjoyed the 2018 Footprints for the Future and Children’s Book Festival!

Join us for the 5th annual Sandy Springs Education Force Footprints for the Future 10K/5K Road Race– a certified Peachtree qualifier!

This year, we are featuring a brand new Children’s Book Festival/Literacy Event after the race. This exciting program will include a book character dress-up parade, opportunities to meet children’s authors and illustrators, arts and crafts and more!

Footprints for the Future – Save the date: October 13, 2018!

Racers will run a new route at City Springs City Center and run through the heart of Sandy Springs. Runners and walkers will enjoy a pre-race packet pick-up option, onsite deck parking and chip timing with a professional finish line provided by Georgia Multisports Productions.

Registration includes a long-sleeved Dri-Balance shirt and a SWAG bag of giveaways from our sponsors and community supporters.

After-race festivities will be held on the beautiful, open-space City Green. 1st and 2nd place finishers will receive awards in multiple categories. After-race entertainment includes a DJ, vendor booths and snacks and our inaugural literacy celebration! The Heritage Sandy Springs Farmer’s Market will also be open on site for runners and Book Festival participants to enjoy. Consider creating a team to run or walk with friends, family or colleagues in this fun community event. Special team registration pricing is available!

Proceeds from the race and sponsors support Sandy Springs Education Force (SSEF) literacy programming, including “Reading Buddies” and Mini Libraries. 

Visit Active.com to register online.

Children’s Book Festival

Following the race, a brand new Children’s Book Festival is free and open to the public from 8:30-11:30 a.m. 

This rain or shine program on the City Springs Green features presentations and question and answer sessions with several authors. Acclaimed guests include: Diane Z. Shore, award-winning author of 11 books and anthologies for young readers; Irene Latham, a highly decorated author of more than a dozen books for children and adults; New York Times best-selling authors Surishtha Sehgal and Kabir Sehgal; and National Geographic Kids science author Jodi Wheeler-Toppen, who wrote over 20 books for students and teachers.

$1000 Prize

Wheeler-Toppen will also provide the Sandy Springs public school with the best attendance at the free Literacy Event a grand prize of a full day of assemblies that connect the fun and excitement of science with the power of nonfiction writing. The prize-winning school will be determined based on the number of sign-ins at the event calculated as a percentage of the school’s overall population.

Participants will also have an opportunity to learn from and meet Laura Freeman, illustrator of over 20 children’s books, including Hidden Figures, a “Children’s Book All Young Georgians Should Read” for 2018. Ebony Glenn, illustrator of Mommy’s Khimar, and recipient of the 2018 Wonders of Childhood Focus Fellowship will also present at the event.

Mama Koku, of The Wren’s Nest is the featured storyteller, and Little Shop of Stories the official onsite event bookseller.

Participants at the Saturday Literacy Event will have the opportunity to celebrate reading and illustration via book signings, a book character dress-up parade, storytelling, arts and crafts and much, much more! Check out the schedule of events and more information here!

Free parking is available at City Springs until 12:30 p.m.

SSEF especially appreciates Provost sponsor, the Couchman Noble Foundation, and Master level supporter, Northside Hospital, as well as all event supporters and donors.

This is a win for everyone! With the addition of a great post-race community event celebrating literacy, this will be a special day for runners, readers and the whole family! Save the date for an event you will NOT want to miss: October 13, 2018.

Do you have a fitness initiative at your workplace? Would you enjoy running with your colleagues in an exciting community event? Consider creating a road race team! Contact race chair: Tim Bonenberger: [email protected] for details about forming a team!

To register for the race, download the printable application form


Visit Active.com to register online.

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We hope you will join us on October 13th!


Footprints for the Future