Category Archives: fitness

Ruben’s marathon is set for November

When city leaders gathered back in January to celebrate the official groundbreaking of The Marketplace adjacent to the BJCC complex, Ruben Studdard was on hand to announce plans for a new marathon and fitness event to be held in Birmingham. Those in attendance were told that details would be revealed later on this year – and they finally got some yesterday with the launch of the event’s official website.

The Ruben Studdard Celebration Weekend is scheduled for Sunday, November 20 and it will benefit the Ruben Studdard Foundation. The marathon will begin and end at Linn Park, taking participants along a single-loop route that keeps participants within the city limits the entire time. The original press release had suggested that the start and end points for the race would be Railroad Park.

The weekend is also scheduled to include a half-marathon, 5K and a gala event. Registration for all of the events are currently open.

This increases the number of marathons held in metro Birmingham to two a year, with the 2012 Mercedes Marathon scheduled for February 10-12. If the organizers of the Weekend are successful, the city will also have two local opportunities to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

Critical Mass ride, Linn Park fountain

Every last Friday of the month area cyclists meet at the Linn Park fountain to … well, cycle. They tell me there is no ride leader or leader of any sort but it’s an easy way to socialize and cruise Birmingham while celebrating cycling. For more information, you can e-mail the group at or connect with their Facebook page, Critical Mass Birmingham. Just make sure you get the right Birmingham.

The Move Project, Smithfield Library

An initiative to stroke education and prevention, sponsored by the Magic City Stroke Prevention Project. Free health screenings and healthy giveaways. Smithfield Library is located at #1 8th Ave. West.

Cost: Free

31st Annual Montclair Run, Levite Jewish Community Center (UPDATED)

UPDATE: 11.26.2007, 10:24 a.m.; Race results are now available.
Looking for a way to work off some pre-turkey calories? The Levite Jewish Community Center is hosting its 31st Annual Montclair Run Thanksgiving day. The 10,000 Meter run starts at 8:30 a.m. followed by the Family Fun event at 9:45. You can register in person at the LJCC or wait until race day prior to the start of the event.
Cost: $30/Family Fun Event $10 (per person)
Levite Jewish Community Center
3960 Montclair Road (directions)