Another Mini-Guide to Summer running events in Birmingham

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This is for all of the runners out there. Whether you’re running for a workout or running for a cause, there are plenty of events going on and around Birmingham to get you moving throughout the city. In case you missed the previous post (link to it), I created a guide to running events happening until the Spring, but now it’s time to expand our list of events happening. Based on what I’ve found, Veterans Park is a really popular spot for 5Ks.


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Walk for Autism and 5K Race to Solve the Puzzle
Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 12:00 P.M.
Where: Veterans Park 4800 Valleydale Road Birmingham, AL 35242
Price starts at $30-35

Run or walk for Autism and join the Autism Society of Alabama and help solve the puzzle of autism spectrum disorders one step at a time. Registration is now open and everyone is welcomed. The annual Walk for Autism is the single-most powerful fundraising event in April that unifies thousands of participants statewide in support of the mission and projects of the Autism Society. Participants can either enjoy the 5K race or a breezy walk through Veterans Park. Register here.

High Country 5K Race
Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 8:00 A.M.
Where: Shades Crest Baptist Church
Price starts at $20+

Shades Crest Baptist Church will host its 16th Annual High Country 5K Race and 1-Mile Fun Run (9:00am start). Voted on by the Birmingham News, this is one of the top races of Birmingham featuring great community support and a Christian atmosphere. Runners will start at Shades Crest Baptist Church and run throughout the neighboring streets ending back at the church. Participants can expect T-shirts (guaranteed to the first 300 registrants, so hurry and register!), pre-race pasta dinner on Friday night, April 7, and a post-race pancake breakfast at the medal ceremony. You’re sure in for a treat at this race event. Register here.

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Spring Scramble 5K
Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 5:30 P.M.
Where: Levite Jewish Community Center, (3960 Montclair Rd, Birmingham, AL 35213)
Price starts $20-25

The Spring Scramble 5K is one of several community outreach programs organized by the UAB Pediatrics Residency Program through the Community, Outreach and Advocacy Program (Coat of Arms). This will be its 11th year hosting this event for the greater Birmingham area.  The 5K race will start at the Levite Jewish Community Center and continue on Montclair. Look out for more updates on the route. Runners will also receive a T-shirt and a goodie bag upon registration. Registration begins at 4:00 P.M. on the of the day race. For more information, register here.


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Fight the Bite 5K
Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 8:00 A.M.
Where: Veterans Park 4800 Valleydale Road Hoover, AL 35242
Price starts at $15+

Hosted by the Alabama Lyme Disease Association, Fight the Bite 5K is sure to be a fun run. The event has two running events for participants to choose between, the 5K run or the 1-mile fun run. Runners who register to participate will receive a T-shirt, Lyme related swag and race bib. Also, you’ll receive one free drawing ticket with your registration giving YOU the chance to win a 55” 4K TV! Awesome! If that isn’t enough incentive, this event is pet friendly. Certain dogs on leashes are allowed to participate too. Top three male and female runners of the 5K will receive cash prices, too. And medals will be given out to the top finishers in their perspective age groups. There’s also a virtual race option for participants who want to be a part of the event, but can’t actually be there. You’ll still receive all of the cool goodies that come with registration, except the raffle. For more information and registration, visit here.


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Steel Strides 5K for MDA
Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 8:00 A.M.
Where: Mt. Laurel, 5 Mount Laurel Avenue Birmingham, AL  35242
Price: $30

Everyone join in at the 6th annual Steel Strides 5K for Muscular Dystrophy. There will be fun, food and music! The funds raised through this event will be used to fund research for Spinal Muscular Atrophy through the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The course will run through the beautiful Mount Laurel off Highway 280 in Birmingham. Runners have the choice between a running 5K or walking 5K, so everyone, even beginners, are able to join in to help the cause. And you receive a TEK T-shirt for participating in the event. Check in begins at 8:00 A.M. and the race begins at 9:00 A.M. Visit the site for more information and register here.

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Memorial Day Weekend 6 and 12-mile Race
Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 8:00 A.M.
Where: Oak Mountain State Park
Price starts at $35

Start your holiday weekend off with a run through Oak Mountain State Park. The race will start at the Redbud Pavilion, near the BMX Track on Tranquility Road. Runners will get to choose between either a 6 or 12 miles, and they’ve added a climb to the top of Double Oak Mountain. This is definitely a race for experienced trail runners. Runners will climb from Maggie’s Glen on the white trail, up Shackleford Ridge, then across the ridge and up to Shackleford Point. This is the highest point in Oak Mountain State Park. You will then descend on the Yellow/White Connector to the start. The views off Shackleford Ridge are great, but the terrain is very technical in places so you will need to pay attention to your footing. For more information and registration, visit here.


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Take the Reins 5K
Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 8:00 A.M.
Where: Veterans Park 4800 Valleydale Rd. Birmingham, AL 35242
Price: $35

Take the Reins 5k and 10k is a memorial run for Cpl. Clay Ward. The race is designed to celebrate our veterans and raise money for The Red Barn’s programs that support them. The Red Barn’s “Take the Reins” program provides therapeutic activities that assist in the treatment of PTSD and other disabilities for active and inactive military personnel and their families. Runners have the choice between a 5K or 10K run, and for those who want to support without the run there is a virtual sleep-in option. Runners and virtual sleep-inners who pre-register will receive a T-shirt and ribbons will be awarded to top finishers of their age group. The race will be throughout Veterans Park. Register here.

Full Belly 5K
Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 7:30 A.M.
Where: Veterans Park 4800 Valleydale Rd. Birmingham, AL 35242
Price starts at $15

The Full Belly 5K is a 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk to support Alabama Childhood Food Solutions. The proceeds of this race will directly impact the 2,150 school children in Shelby, Talladega, Coosa, Calhoun, and Randolph Counties who are served by ACFS each week. Participants of this event can receive a race day T-shirt if registered before June 2. Runners will run through Veterans Park and support the Alabama Childhood Food Solutions organization. Register here.

Look out for more running events to come and if we missed any, let us know so we can add it to our list. Happy running!

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