Top-Five Upcoming Local Races


  1. Run for Down Syndrome

When: Oct. 31 at 8 a.m. (5k/10k), 9:30 a.m. (1 mile)
Where: Oak Mountain State Park

The “Boo Run Run” Alabama Down Syndrome Trail Race will take place at Oak Mountain State Park on Saturday, Oct. 31. Proceeds from the event benefit Down Syndrome Alabama. There will be a post-celebration featuring food, beverages, live entertainment and a costume contest for both runners and kids. Registration fees are $10 (mile), $35 (5k) and $40 (10k).


2. Samford University Red, White & Blue 5k/ Fun Run

When: Nov. 7 at 8 a.m.
Where: Samford University Soccer/ Track Complex

In correspondence with homecoming weekend, the Samford University Alumni and Aerospace Studies Booster Club will host a pre-Veteran’s Day 5k on Saturday, Nov. 7. The patriotic-themed race will take place on the flat, paved Lakeshore Trail, starting and ending at the university’s track and soccer facility. The registration fee, which includes a T-shirt for those pre-registered 10 days before the race, is the same for both the 5k and 1 mile fun run ($25).


  1. Vulcan Run 10k and 1 Mile Fun Run

When: Nov. 7 at 8 a.m.
Where: Birmingham City Hall

The Birmingham Track Club will host the 41st edition of the Vulcan Run 10k, one of the region’s most popular and elite races, on Saturday, Nov. 7. Serving as the state’s Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) 10k state championship race, the top 200 runners receive tech finisher shirts. A post-race party and awards ceremony will take place after the race. Registration fees are $45 (10k) and $20 (1 mile) and include a T-shirt.


  1. Magic City Half Marathon & 5k

When: Nov. 22 at 8 a.m. (Half marathon), 9 a.m. (5k)
Where: Regions Field

As part of the Ruben Studdard Celebration Weekend, the fifth edition of the Magic City Half Marathon & 5k will take place on Sunday, Nov. 22. Featuring a scenic course and post-race celebration, the race offers a prime opportunity to chase a personal record in ideal weather conditions. Registration fees for the half marathon are $80 until Oct. 31, $85 until Nov. 19 and $90 for walk-up registration. The 5k costs $42 until Nov. 19, and walk-up registration is $45. A T-shirt and swag bag are included.


  1. Sam Lapidus Montclair Run 10k & 5k

When: Nov. 26 at 8:30 a.m. (10k/5k), 10 a.m. (Fun Run)
Where: Levite Jewish Community Center (LJCC)

Benefitting the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama along with the LJCC Fitness Program, the Sam Lapidus Montclair Run gives runners a chance to begin their Thanksgiving morning by hitting the roads. In its 39th year, the event features chip-timing and clocks at the mile markers. Registration fees, which include a T-shirt, are $31 (10k/5k) and $13 (Fun Run).