Independence Mile

Independence Mile


benefiting the UAH Scholarship Fund


 Registration open online until 11:00pm on July 2nd

2014 Results  

July 3rd, 2014 starting at 6:30 pm

 Packet pickup and race-day registrations from 5:00 - 7:00

A 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, frisbee, cheering sections, and whatever publicly acceptable (safety first, please) entertainment you bring.  Dogs are welcome but MUST be on a leash.  We're working on getting food for the picnic 😊

The Race:
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
6:30   10-19
6:45   20-29
7:00   30-39
7:15   60-Over
7:30   50-59
7:45   40-49
8:00   Elite

We're doing it this way to guarantee you run with your peers, and to improve the safety of the event. 

The Awards:
Each age group will be a race unto itself - top 3 male and female in each division receive an award.  An "overall" set of results will be available on our website after the race.  Cash awards will be offered to the top 3 in the Elite division.  Awards will follow each race and be given on the podium near the scoring table.

Anyone is welcome to participate and there will not be a time-cutoff for any of the races.  However, we require that children be 8 years of age or older on the day of the event to be eligible.  Parents will be allowed to accompany their child after the child passes the starting chute (this will be pretty obvious on race day).

To be eligible for the Elite race we suggest that you have run faster than 5:20 for men, or 6:10 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:
USATFThis 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.


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Graciously sponsored by:
Blevins Bicycle Co










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