Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend moves to Railroad Park in 2019. Registration Prices Increase at midnight on December 31

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Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Marathon

For the first time in its 18 year history, the Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend on February 8-10, 2019 will be held at Birmingham’s Railroad Park.

New place

Throughout its storied history, the Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend races “started and finished” amongst the Magic City’s skyscrapers and in front of city hall in downtown Birmingham. This year, due to Interstate 59/20 bridge construction, Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend events have been moved to Railroad Park.

“We’re excited to be working with the City of Birmingham to provide an exciting new venue for our event while our city is making improvements to the interstate system in the downtown area. Railroad Park is the city’s favorite park and will provide a beautiful setting for all of our events while allowing us to continue highlighting some historical sights around our great city. ~ Valerie Cuddy, Race Chairman

Railroad Park. Photo via

Called “Birmingham’s living room” Railroad Park is situated along 1st Avenue South, between 14th and 18th Streets. For newcomers, it is only a little more than a half a dozen city blocks away from the old location at Linn Park and the additional green space can accommodate more participants.

Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines

On your mark. Get set. Register for the Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend!

To avoid paying higher registration prices, register by Monday, December 31, 2018 as all prices will increase at that time. There are five races.

Mercedes-Benz Marathon -The big one – 26.2 miles. The Marathon is limited to 1000 runners, so register early to reserve your spot. Register – HERE.

Remember, for runners who are seeking to qualify for the prestigious Boston Marathon, the Mercedes Marathon is a qualifier race and your results will automatically be sent to the Boston Athletic Association.

Mercedes-Benz Half Marathon – 13.1 miles. There is also a participant limit of 3500, so register early, so you are not left out. Register – HERE.

Mercedes-Benz Marathon Relay – Not ready for the Full or Half Marathons? Pull together a relay team. Here are the details. Each relay team will consist of 5 people, all being at least 12 years of age on race day. All relay team members will receive the same amenities as the half-marathon participants, including a race weekend technical running shirt and smaller version of the Mercedes-Benz Marathon finisher’s medal. Team members must submit all five entries together and must designate one team captain. You must have four members to call it a team and participate, but only teams with 5 members are eligible for awards. Register – HERE

Regions Superhero 5K – 3.1 miles. The weekend kick off event is held on Saturday, February 9th. This is the every person race that is fun for the elite runner to the couch potatoes to everyone in between. If you are new to running, we’ve even set up 5K training schedule that begins on December 31st – here is the link. Of course, you can register early by December 31 – HERE.

Become a Bell Runner

Photo courtesy Mercedes-Benz Marathon

The Bell Center, an early childhood intervention program is the official charity for the Mercedes -Benz Marathon weekend. If you want to run for yourself and for a child at the Bell Center become a BellRunner. You won’t regret it.

Here is how it works. The program pairs a Mercedes-Benz Marathon participant with a Bell Center child, and the runner or walker will train and raise funds in the name of that child. It is an amazing, life-changing experience to dedicate hours of training and focus for a child at risk for developmental delay and then share the race day adventure by wearing a photo of The Bell Center child.

Only a month and a half away – our checklist

The Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend is just weeks away. Don’t miss out on this exciting and meaningful community event. Before the new year begins – here is our checklist:

  • Remember to register for the Mercedes-Benz Marathon, Half-Marathon, Marathon Relay or the Regions Superhero 5K by December 31 to save a few dollars.
  • Become a Bellrunner
  • Don’t forget, all races this year begin and finish on February 9-10 at Railroad Park

Join us!

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Pat Byington
Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.
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