benefiting the UAH Scholarship Fund
Registration open online until 11:00pm on July 2nd
July 3rd, 2016 starting at 6:30 pm
Packet pickup and race-day registrations from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the finish line
An old-school, family-oriented event inviting participants of all levels. Enjoy a summer evening with friends and family celebrating the birth of our nation and participating in a fun-first race designed for maximum spectator engagement.
Cheer along as you can clearly watch the start and finish of each run without traveling down the street - as well as nearly half of the full course. Picnic plots are encouraged as everyone will have large grass fields to relax while taking in the university duck pond and the classic Alabama sunset as participants streak past.
Family activities to include music, old-school carnival games, frisbee, cheering sections, and whatever publicly acceptable (safety first, please) entertainment you bring. Dogs are welcome but MUST be on a leash.
We will be hosting a family picnic again this year, sponsored by the Hodges' Clinic of Scottsboro! They are graciously donating the supplies for a traditional 4th of July picnic including small, family style games like Frisbee, cornhole, horseshoes, etc. Feel free to bring your own too - be a part of the party.
We're gathering $25 gift cards as door prizes. Check our facebook page to see who is giving them away. Winners will be randomly drawn after the elite race (8:15pm) ***Must be present at the time of drawing to win, door prizes cannot be claimed by mail.
Participants will be divided by age groups (10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over) to start male and female together. Age groups will start on the following schedule:
|Start Time (CDT)||Age Group Races|
|6:30||10-19 and 20-29|
|7:00||30-39 and 40-49|
|7:30||50-59 and 60-Over|
|8:00||Elite Men & Women|
We're doing it this way to guarantee you run with your peers, and to improve the safety of the event.
Normally we would have awards for the top 3 men and women in each category. However, since this will be a very low key event for 2015 we do not expect to have awards.
Anyone is welcome to participate and there will not be a time-cutoff for any of the races. However, we ask that children under the age of 6 be entered under careful consideration, and they be accompanied by a parent at all times. Parents will be allowed to accompany their child of any age.
To be eligible for the Elite race we suggest that you have run faster than 5:10 for men, or 6:00 for women. To declare as an Elite: please register yourself as an age-group runner, then visit the timing table on race-day to receive your Elite designation. Thank you!
The Course (USATF AL-14041JD):
This is the FASTEST, record-eligible 1-mile road course in Alabama. A lot of races say they're fast; we have the data to back it up. If you're looking for a PR or a state record this will be your best shot.
This will be contested on the south end of the campus of the University of Alabama in Huntsville beside the duck pond which parallels Sparkman Drive. The course will run clockwise from the pond with right-hand turns at approximately 250m and 600m. The first 700m is a very gradual uphill which gains 20 feet in elevation, while the last 900m is an extremely fast and gradual descent back to the finish along a sweeping arch of the campus drive. Let us say this again - this course is easy, flat, and fast.
Multiple parking lots are available within 300 yards of the start/finish and picnic areas. Because of traffic we've provided a parking map. The parking lots are expected to fill in the order designated from A to E. For example if you're arriving early you can probably park in A, but if you're late you should consider D. The color squares near major roads designate the best point of entry to gain access to the parking lot. The best way onto campus is from Sparkman Drive exiting off I-565 and we encourage everyone to enter from that direction.
For more information or if you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org