TUSCALOOSA HALF MARATHON RAISES MONEY FOR CHARITY, ENHANCES COMMUNITY
By WVUA 23 Web Reporter Evan Reier
The Tuscaloosa Half Marathon is entering its fourth year this weekend, with the hopes of raising money for local programs and providing a community event where runners from Tuscaloosa and beyond can impress.
The race takes place Saturday at 7 a.m., and starts on the corner of Jack Warner Parkway and 28th Avenue.
Funds from entry fees go toward local charities Read Bama Read, the Kiwanis Club of greater Tuscaloosa and Arts n’ Autism.
But besides helping out charitable groups, a big part of the race is to help bring Tuscaloosa’s community closer together. It’s a chance for people to accomplish their individual goals with a close community, as race organizer Tammy Denson points out.
“(A half marathon) is on a lot of people’s bucket list,” Denson said. “And that’s another thing that makes it great for us, is we’re actually giving our runners a chance to meet a goal while also donating to our charities.”
Various prices were offered depending on when participants signed up, and registration is still open. It’s not too late for runners to sign up with the “Late Registration” price of $95 on the half marathon’s website.
Participants can pick up their packets Friday at the Old Farmer’s Market on Jack Warner Parkway, between 4 and 8 p.m.
And if the charitable nature of the race and attraction of community wasn’t enough, there are also various prizes for the varying age groups. The winner of the race will get a Wagner’s $150 gift card and a special jacket.
The 2015 version of the half marathon saw nearly 1,400 runners sign up, and the race has raised $140,000 over the past three years for its charity partners.