Georgia Police and Fire Games will close Dalton roads Saturday
Downtown Dalton will have some road closures Saturday morning as the city hosts the 2013 Georgia Police and Fire Games this week.
Police and firefighters from the state will competing in a long list of events, from a 5k race to basketball and a motorcycle rodeo.
For Saturday's 5k Road Race, Hamilton Street will be closed between Waugh Street and the railroad tracks, near Grace Street. The road will close at 7:30 am and will stay closed until approximately 9:00 am or until the last runner is finished with the course.
Police officers and firefighters from across Georgia participating in the race will start on Hamilton Street near the Waugh Street overpass, and will run north to the railroad tracks south of Dalton Wrecker, where they will turn around and return to finish along the same route.
The Georgia Police and Fire Games began in 1985, mirrored by such events in states such as New York and California. The competition has grown from less than 300 the first year to over 1,000 participant.
Dalton hosted the event in 2012, and the games move to different locations within the state.
The primary goal of the Games is to promote physical fitness among the agencies and add an educational exchange that benefits all law enforcement and fire department personnel in the state of Georgia.