The second annual BHM26.2 race series benefiting Magic Moments & Children's of Alabama has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 28 at Railroad Park
The second annual BHM26.2 race series benefiting Magic Moments & Children’s of Alabama has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 28 at Railroad Park. Featuring Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay & Fun Run throughout Birmingham landmarks and beyond!
In light of the severe weather forecast projected for Sunday, April 14, and at the recommendation of the City of Birmingham and the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), the BHM26.2 race series and after party will be rescheduled to take place Sunday, April 28. The safety of runners, volunteers and attendees is BHM26.2’s top priority, and as such, on advice from city officials, race staff are taking appropriate precautions and rescheduling the event.
Presented by Medical Properties Trust, each race will start and finish at scenic Railroad Park, where more than 2,500 runners are expected to participate!
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 marathon.
BHM26.2 Race Series – Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay & Fun Run with After Party
Benefiting Magic Moments & Children’s of Alabama
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Marathon, Half Marathon & Marathon Relay: 7 a.m. | Fun Run: 10 a.m. | After Party: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Featuring performance by August Night: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. | Awards Ceremony & Presentation: 11:30 a.m. | Featuring performance by Party of the Year: noon to 2 p.m.
Railroad Park – 1600 1st Ave. S.; Birmingham, AL 35233 www.bhm262.com
Last year’s inaugural BHM26.2 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 race.
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.
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 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 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
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.
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.
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