BHM 26.2

A new marathon for the city and hope for childhood cancer.

The inaugural BHM26.2 race series comes to the city on Sunday, April 15. Produced by Magic Moments and Children’s of Alabama Center for Childhood Cancers and Blood Disorders and comprised of a marathon, half marathon, team relay and fun run, each race will start and finish at Railroad Park in thheart odowntownThe race series will also introduce a marathon course that—for the first time in Birminghamhas no repeats or loops.

“The BHM26.2 provides the opportunity for runners to interact with the children benefiting directly from the proceeds of the race,” says Magic Moments Executive Director Sandy Naramore. “Each mile marker tells a different Alabama child’s journey that has received a special moment from Magic Moments as well as been treated by the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama.”

The marathon course, a 2019 Boston Marathon qualifier race, will showcase Birmingham’s impressive growth and diverse cityscape as it takes runners on a tour through the city’s landmarks. Runners will pass by Vulcan Park & Museum, Uptown, Legion Field, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the Alabama Theatre.

The half marathon  will  take  place  entirely  downtown,  allowing  runners  to  experience  Birmingham’s history and growth first hand as they pass the Lyric Theater, the Pizitz Building and Rotary Trail. Relay teams will be able to run the full course, which is divided into 4, 3, 7, 4 and 8 mile legs. Finally, the fun run is a one—mile touodowntown BirminghamThone-miler is welcome to anyone, but children under the age of 12 must  be  accompanied  by  an  adult.  Everyone will come together as they finish at Railroad Park for an after party that will feature Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar—BQ, livmusic and a kids’ zone.

All proceedsfrom BHM26.2 will benefit Magic Moments, thonly wisgrantinorganization devoted exclusively to children in Alabama with chronic, life–threatening illnesses, and the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama. The simple goal of the center is to find cures for all children with cancer and serious blood disorders.

There will be a $10,000 prize purse that is divided among the top finishers in their race category. The full marathon will be capped at 1,000 runners and the half marathon is capped at 3,000 runners. Relay teams are capped at 500 teams. While each race category is open to all skill levels, the half marathon is limited to three hours and the full marathon is limited to six hours.

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Organizers of the marathon: Anna Martin, BHM26.2 Co-Founder/Development Coordinator at Magic Moments, Sandy Naramore, Executive Director of Magic Moments, Stephanie Moore, BHM26.2 Co-Founder/Community Development Coordinator for the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama.

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