For over a decade, groggy Decaturites have woken on one Saturday morning every year to discover that their downtown area has been overtaken by hordes of runners, thousands of people grinning as they shuffle through the morning cold. What are all of those people doing? Are those kids running too? And why are they up so darned early? They’re running the Tour deCatur, of course! For this week’s Friday Five, WellATL fell in step with Gail Rothman, Executive Director of the Decatur Education Foundation, to learn more about this popular Atlanta area race and the great organization it benefits.
A skateboard deck signed by Robin Williams is up for auction at the tenth annual SkaterAid, and as of this writing, it has already brought in a bid of $11,000 (up from $2,000 on Friday) to benefit children with brain cancer via the Georgia chapter of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The Aladdin’s genie-themed piece, created by artist Cody Gallo, was among the last charitable acts of the late comedian and actor, whose inscription reads, “You ain’t never had a friend like me.” If you’re after the one-of-a-kind piece, you can bid online until Friday, but you’ll need to be at 109 New Street (East Decatur Station) from 2 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 28, to finalize your bid (or send someone in your stead).