County's First Marathon to Be Run in February
The City of Suwanee is teaming up with Georgia Fitness to host the inaugural Suwanee Marathon – the first ever full marathon in Gwinnett County – in tandem with the 3rd annual Suwanee Half Marathon.
Both races will begin at 7:00 a.m. at Town Center Park. From there, the Peachtree Road Race-certified, 13.1-mile course will meander through Old Town, along Eva Kennedy to Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, to Tench Road and eventually George Pierce Park and the Suwanee Creek Greenway to McGinnis Ferry Road, up and back along Northolt, and back along the Greenway to the finish at City Hall. Marathon runners will complete the half marathon route twice.
If You Can't Be an Athlete, Be an Athletic Supporter
Want to participate in the inaugural Suwanee Marathon, but not into that whole running thing? We need volunteers and cheerleaders and sign holders to help cheer on our runners! The marathon will feature a sign-making and cowbell station.
Are you a girl scout leader/cheer mom/small group leader/etc.? We're looking for groups who want to "own" their own cheer spot along the race course. Please contact Kim Towne at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Marathon Road Closures and Delays
Please be aware that the Suwanee Marathon on Sunday, February 26 will cause a means a few intermittent road closures between the hours of 7 am and 1 pm. The following roads will be effected:
|Peachtree Industrial Boulevard
Suwanee Dam Road
George Pierce Park
Martin Farm Road
|McGinnis Ferry Road
Portland Trail Drive
Boston Common Street
Town Center Avenue
Eva Kennedy Road
Suwanee PD Hosts Teen Driving Course
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for Georgia teens. In an effort to address this problem, The University of Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute has developed a statewide program called Georgia Teens Ride with P.R.I.D.E. (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error). These classes target parents/guardians and their teenage drivers who are either just beginning to drive or are preparing for a learner's permit. This is not a hands-on, mechanical "how-to" course, but a class that addresses driving attitude and behavior of teenagers ages 14-19.
The Suwanee PD will host this FREE course on Wednesday, March 8 from 6-8 pm at the Suwanee Police Training Center. For more information or to register, call 770-904-7669 or email email@example.com.
Suwanee Fest: Under Construction
The City of Suwanee is looking for designers, artists, and creative people in general to submit logo designs for Suwanee Fest 2017. The designer of the winning logo will see his or her design on official festival t-shirts and marketing posters, as well as receive a $500 prize.
The theme for the 2017 festival, to be celebrated September 16 and 17, is…well…we're not entirely sure. We know we want it to center around construction: community at work, building the future, paving the way – you get the idea. But our creative team has hit a roadblock (get it?). So this year, the tagline is open to interpretation as well.
The competition is open to professional and amateur designers of all ages. Designs may be hand-drawn or computer-generated. Entries should be submitted in printed and electronic format. The deadline for submissions is April 1 (no fooling). CLICK HERE for additional guidelines and an entry form.
Suwanee in Search of Farmers, Food Trucks, and Warm Spring Breezes
Warm days, fresh produce, and eating al fresco will return before you know it – and with it come our popular Farmers Market and Food Truck Friday events.
The regular Suwanee Farmers Market will be open from 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, May through the first week in October, at Town Center Park. The Market is in search of farmers, herb and flower growers, butchers, bakers, jams and soap makers, and others to participate in its 12th season. Click here for more information.
Food Truck Fridays will return to Suwanee in April, May, June, August, and September, with each month will bringing great food and music from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm (music begins at 7:00). Interested food truck vendors can apply to be part of these annual events by clicking here.
Winter Farmers Market
Rejoice, localvores — Suwanee is extending the Farmers Market through the winter months! The Farmers Market will continue on the second Saturday of the month from 9-11 a.m. from November through April at Town Center Park. Stop by and enjoy fresh local winter produce, such as lettuces, greens, potatoes, carrots, Brussels sprouts, baked goods, and a variety of other delicious, local flavors.
Now Accepting Applications for 2017 Harvest Farm Plots
The City of Suwanee is accepting applications for the few remaining plots at Suwanee's Harvest Farm organic community garden for the 2017 growing season.
Garden plots are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis with priority given to City residents, property owners, and taxpayers as well as returning gardeners. Plots are available in three different sizes, with the annual fee ranging from $50-$100. City of Suwanee residents/taxpayers receive a 25 percent discount. Annual fees include use of a raised bed, utilities, basic community tools, social and educational events, and, when available, compost. Gardeners incur personal expenses for items such as seeds, plants, amendments, stakes, and trellises
Suwanee Launches County's First Bike Share Program
An exciting new transportation option has come to Gwinnett County! The City of Suwanee unveiled its new bike share program on Saturday, October 22 at the Alive! Festival in Town Center Park.
Sponsored by CIGNA and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, bike station structures – equipped with self-sustaining internal energy sources – have been installed at Suwanee Creek Park and Town Center Park and will each house up to eight bikes. The bikes may be rented for up to three hours for free, with each additional hour costing $3 per hour. The maximum fee for all day use of a bike is $30. All riders must be at least 18 years old and provide their own helmets. Bikes can be easily rented via smart phone app.
Bikes can be ridden anywhere, including on the City's extensive greenway system. A large part of the Downtown Suwanee Master Plan, the city features over 16 miles of interconnected multi-use, multi-medium trails.
Please visit zagster.com/suwanee for answers to questions such as usage, fees, station location, etc.