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BHM26.2 RACE SERIES BENEFITING MAGIC MOMENTS & CHILDREN’S OF ALABAMA
April 14, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
BHM26.2 RACE SERIES BENEFITING MAGIC MOMENTS &
CHILDREN’S OF ALABAMA TO BE HELD SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2019
Second annual event set for Railroad Park featuring Full Marathon, Half Marathon,
Marathon Relay & Fun Run throughout Birmingham landmarks and beyond
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – March 6, 2019 – Presented by Medical Properties Trust, the BHM26.2
race series will take place Sunday, April 14, 2019 and will benefit Magic Moments and
Children’s of Alabama. Comprised of a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay and Fun
Run, each race will start and finish at scenic Railroad Park, where more than 2,500 runners are
expected to participate in the second annual BHM26.2 event. BHM26.2 is the only fully
charitable marathon in Alabama and provides a fresh, new course to runners in Birmingham,
statewide and regionally. The course takes participants past multiple iconic Birmingham
landmarks with no repeats or loops – making BHM26.2 the only non-looping Birmingham
WHAT: BHM26.2 Race Series – Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay &
Fun Run with After Party
WHO: Benefiting Magic Moments & Children’s of Alabama
WHEN: Sunday, April 14, 2019 | Marathon, Half Marathon & Marathon Relay:
7 a.m. | Fun Run: 10 a.m. | After Party: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Feat. August
Night: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. | Awards Ceremony & Presentation: 11:30 a.m. |
Feat. Party of the Year: noon to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Railroad Park – 1600 1st Ave. S.; Birmingham, AL 35233
Last year’s inaugural event saw more than 2,000 participants and raised more than $250,000 for
local children who benefit from the care, services and experiences provided by Magic Moments
and Children’s of Alabama. All proceeds from this year’s event will again benefit Magic
Moments – the only wish-granting organization devoted exclusively to children in Alabama with
chronic, life-threatening illnesses – and Children’s of Alabama, which provides care for children
in every county in Alabama.
As a 2019 Boston Marathon qualifier race, the BHM26.2 Full Marathon is a one-loop course
that showcases Birmingham’s growth and diverse cityscape and takes runners past landmarks for
which the Magic City, as well as Homewood and Mountain Brook, are known. After kicking off
at Railroad Park, runners will see views of Regions Field, Children’s of Alabama, Vulcan Park
and Museum, Lakeshore Trail, The Birmingham Zoo, Sloss Furnaces National Historic
Landmark, Jones Valley Trail, The Rotary Trail, the Magic City sign and more – all before
winding back into Railroad Park to the finish line. Cars from Porsche of Birmingham will lead
The Half Marathon course will take place in downtown Birmingham, Homewood and
Mountain Brook. Runners looking for less mileage are in luck, as BHM26.2 features
a Marathon Relay option. With a minimum of five runners, marathon relay teams will run the
full course divided into five legs with distances of 3.1, 5, 5, 5 and 8.1 miles. The BHM26.2 Fun
Run is a one-mile tour of downtown Birmingham’s Railroad Park and is open to all ages;
children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Registration for all races
will end April 13, 2019 at 11:59pm CDT.
Local radio station 107.3FM’s Birmingham Mountain Radio (BMR) will bring the party to the
finish line the day of the race. Runners will be cheered on and greeted with lively music specially
curated by BMR’s own Will Lochamy.
Runners and their friends and family will celebrate crossing the finish line at the official
BHM26.2 Party of the Year After Party sponsored by Stifel from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees will
be entertained with live music from Party of the Year from the producers of The Black Jacket
Symphony and local band August Night. Guests will also enjoy the Kids’ Zone by Fun Source,
BBQ pork meal provided by Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, refreshments from Coca Cola Bottling Co.,
Tito’s Handmade Vodka and a FitVine Wine Tasting.
Runners receive one complimentary After Party ticket with race registration as well as a
complimentary drink from Tito’s Handmade Vodka for those over the age of 21. Additional
After Party tickets may be purchased at the discounted rate of $18 per ticket if purchased at the
time of race registration. After Party tickets are $25 each until Saturday, April 13, 2019 and $30
at the door. Children 8 and under do not need a ticket to attend the After Party.
During the After Party, representatives from Medical Properties Trust will surprise a child and
his/her family with the reveal of a Magic Moment. The reveal will take place prior to the awards
ceremony and presentation, which is set for 11:30 a.m. and will be hosted by Lochamy. A
$10,000 price purse will be divided among the top finishers in their race category. Each of the
top three Full Marathon male and female finishers will receive the following: 1st Place – $2,000;
2nd Place – $1,000; and 3rd Place – $500. For the Half Marathon, each of the top three male and
female finishers will receive the following: 1st Place – $900, 2nd Place – $400; and 3rd Place –
$200. Cash prizes will be awarded by gun time finishes. All other awards will leverage chip
times for winners.
Each year, race organizers select 26 children – one for each mile of the marathon – to become
the official BHM26.2 “Mile Marker Children.” Each child is from Alabama and has been
diagnosed with one or more chronic life-threatening illnesses. All Mile Marker Children have
been granted non-medical moments through Magic Moments, where they have a chance to ask
for an experience or item they would otherwise not be able to do or have. Mile Marker Children
from 2018 will serve as ambassadors for the race this year as well.
“Life has taken so much from these kids,” says Julie Mitchell, mother of a Mile Marker Child for
BHM26.2. “If we all had the drive and motivation to endure the hardships they have faced
regardless of the adversity, the world would be a better place. What an honor to be able to
represent the children and their suffering through the running of a marathon.”
Mitchell’s son, Ethan Mitchell, suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was in a roll-over car
accident. He stayed at Children’s of Alabama for approximately two months after the accident
where he had to relearn how to do very fundamental skills like holding his head up, talking,
sitting up and walking. He was granted a wish to throw out the honorary first pitch of a St. Louis
“Since our organization began in 1984, we have given more than 4,800 Magic Moments, from
trips to Disney to participating at a major sporting event or meeting a favorite singer, these
moments can be a dream come true for children going through hardships,” says Sandy Naramore,
Magic Moments Executive Director. “Each of the 26 BHM26.2 Mile Marker Children and their
families are all reasons to run, volunteer, participate and/or attend this event. Do it for yourself,
but run for the kids.”
Mile Marker Children and their stories are showcased every Monday on the BHM26.2 social
media channels. To receive these updates and more, follow BHM26.2 on Facebook, Instagram
and Twitter at @bhm262 and use hashtags #BHM262 and #runforthekids.
BHM26.2 is fully backed by more than 75 gracious sponsors, which allows 100 percent of race
profits to be directly donated to the event nonprofit beneficiaries.
To register for the race, view the course map or find out ways to volunteer, please visit
www.bhm262.com. For media inquiries, please contact Audrey Pannell at 205.503.5955 or
email@example.com. The BHM26.2 Media Kit can be found here.
The BHM26.2 race series is produced by Magic Moments and Children’s of Alabama and led by
Anna Martin, BHM26.2 Co-Founder; Stephanie Moore, BHM26.2 Co-Founder; and Sandy
Naramore, Executive Director of Magic Moments. Comprised of a marathon, half marathon,
marathon relay and fun run, each race will start and finish at Railroad Park. The race series
marathon course is the only Birmingham marathon with no repeats or loops and is a 2019 Boston
Marathon qualifier race. All proceeds from BHM26.2 benefit Magic Moments, the only wish
granting organization devoted exclusively to children in Alabama with chronic, life-threatening
illnesses, and Children’s of Alabama.
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