Running in Alabaster


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  • Color Me Rad
    Color Me Rad is back and better than ever with its 2015 tour, staging 5K races that transform runners into mobile rainbows by launching cheerful barrages of colored cornstarch and a whole new GEL color. Each color station along the racetrack flings a new pigment at passersby, who wear white shirts to enhance the chromatic onslaught's costuming effects. Brilliant neon-blue, green, purple, and yellow clouds dapple participants along the way, and the race concludes with a prismatic finish-line finale as sprinters chuck colors at each other in celebration. The race's noncompetitive credo shifts the emphasis from speed to silliness, and a portion of its proceeds go to local charities. Upon registration, each runner collects a Color Me Rad T-shirt and a pair of RAD knee-high socks, sponsor gifts, and a race bib. Also, new for 2015, all runners will receive access to free professional digital photo downloads. Though they don't receive a gift packet, runners who are 7 years old and younger can run for free.
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    100 Ben Chapman Dr.
    Hoover, AL US
  • Easter Seals of the Birmingham Area
    The Easter Seals of the Birmingham Area helps improve the lives of local children and adults with special needs. The organization sponsors a variety of recreational events, welfare programs, and employment opportunities, including a summer camp with canoeing and campfires and medical-assistance grants. It sponsors an annual golf game, 5K run, and car show to promote its pediatric- and adult-therapy clinics.
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    616 Preserve Parkway
    Hoover, AL US
  • YMCA Hargis Retreat - Piglet 5K
    Though the letters in The P.I.G. Race officially stand for "perseverance, intensity, and grit," the acronym they create is no accident. In fact, you could say the race brings new meaning to the term "three little pigs." That's because the event?defined as a European-style cross country challenge?actually consists of three separate races: The Piglet 5K, The Porker 8K, and The Wild Boar 12K, which each accommodate racers of different skill levels. Challenges (things racers run through or around) and barriers (things racers jump over or crawl under) sprinkle each course, forcing participants over horse fences, under tractors, and through other obstacles you'd expect to find at a farm or an Old McDonald concert at the height of his fame. The P.I.G. Race supplements these three primary events with additional races such as Bacon Bits, a run for kids 6?10 years old.
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    928 Hargis Dr
    Chelsea, AL US
  • The Color Run
    Fans of Mario Kart know Rainbow Road as a glow-in-the-dark racecourse in outer space. So do fans of ABC's The Bachelor, only theirs is located on earth and strewn with more celebrities than turtle shells. To them, it's the series of inflatable arches that flashed hypnotically around Juan Pablo and Kat as they hurtled through the Electric Run. Seth Rogen, Carmen Electra, and a pink-wigged Vanessa Hudgens have also been spotted among the global event's hordes of runners and walkers. Rainbow Road is just one of many "lands" that make up Electric Run's luminescent 5K. Any given Electric Run course contains five to seven of these brightly lit zones, each decorated according to its theme with neon trees, hanging umbrellas, phosphorescent cacti, and cascading fountains. Each land also matches the surroundings with its own soundtrack: upbeat and energizing for the wilder areas, calming and melodic for the surreal ones. Once the sun sets, participants travel through them all at their preferred pace. Everyone arrives at the same final destination, however?a DJ-propelled afterparty that keeps the night illuminated until the thunderous ka-chunk of the sun's timecard.
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    2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd N
    Birmingham, AL US
  • Run or Dye
    Run or Dye is making race running a little more colorful, one major city at a time. This 5K is divided up into four separate courses of varying lengths, each designated by a separate color—which also reflects the color of safe, eco-friendly powered dye the participants get splashed with. At the end of the race, they'll cross into the aptly named Dye Zone—a polychromatic free-for-all where fluorescent color is thrown freely from all sides, allowing runners to splash their fellow runners or get colorful revenge on their friends, family members, and any cranky art-history teachers that happen to be walking by. Unlike some races that rank runners by time, Run or Dye only measures success in color and fun. While the safe-to-eat dyes should wash out of clothing, runners are encouraged to wear things they don't mind getting dirty, preferably in white, gray, or another neutral color to give the dyes maximum visibility.
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    6030 Barber Motorsports Pkwy.
    Birmingham, AL US
  • UAB Recreation Swim School
    The University of Alabama at Birmingham's Campus Recreation Center opens its doors to the community, encouraging fit-seekers of all ages to get active. The all-inclusive 150,000-square-foot facility has it all: swimming pools, cardio and weight-training equipment, aerobics studios, and an indoor track. For those who like to mix calorie burning with friendly competition, the site also hosts basketball, racquetball, badminton, and volleyball courts; an indoor soccer and floor hockey field; and even a climbing wall. Kids aren't left out of the fun, either. The center hosts kids' day camps, packed with athletic activities and arts and crafts, and welcomes youths to imitate mountain goats on the rock wall or play racquetball in the supervised Kid Zone.
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    1501 University Boulevard
    Birmingham, AL US

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