Paul Chelimo

Olympian and former Shorter University athlete Paul Chelimo is the guest speaker at Friday's All-Area Cross Country banquet. (Contribute photo)

An evening of honoring the top high school cross country talent in the area will precede a morning of running for a good cause this weekend.

The 2017 GoGo Running All-Area High School Cross Country teams will be honored Friday at the group’s annual All-Area banquet at 6 p.m. at The Well, part of the campus of West Rome Baptist Church, 914 Shorter Ave.

Part of the event will include the reveal of this year’s Female and Male Runners of the Year.

Joining the banquet as the guest speaker will be Olympian Paul Chelimo. A former student-athlete at Shorter University, Chelimo took bronze in the 5,000 meters at this year’s World Championships and won silver while representing the United States at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games

The morning after the banquet, Chelimo is set to join the participants of the River City Bank Rome Half Marathon as it starts at State Mutual Stadium on Saturday morning. Runners can also choose to do a half marathon relay or a 5K race.

The race benefits the area’s high school cross country programs and has raised more than $15,000 for the area’s prep teams since its inception.

Saturday morning’s races begin with the 5K at 8 a.m. and the half marathon and relay starting at 8:05.

To learn more about the banquet go to www.gogorunning.com. Those attending are asked to RSVP by email to karmen@gogorunning.com.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the above link or at the door using cash, check or credit.

For more information on the River City Bank Half Marathon, Half Relay and 5K, and the GoGo Running All-Area banquet, go to www.romehalf.com or contact GoGo Running at The Shoe Box at 706-291-0752.