Volunteers needed for Mayor’s Cup 5K next month

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The annual Tuscaloosa Mayor’s Cup 5K for Pre-K returns April 30, and organizers are looking for volunteers who can cheer on participants and help ensure smooth sailing throughout the event.

It’s the first Mayor’s Cup since 2019, as the races for 2020 and 2021 were shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Festivities begin at 8 a.m. and last until the last person crosses the finish line.

As always, the run benefits the Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative, an organization ensuring at-risk pre-kindergarten students get a helping hand with their education. Currently, nearly 500 students are being supported by the program.

While the runners are plenty important, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said it’s the volunteers who keep them motivated.

“The volunteers are absolutely essential and ultimately give you encouragement as you are out there running the streets or running the streets of Tuscaloosa,” Maddox said. “They fill a needed role, whether it is handing out water or handing out packets, but it all goes to make a difference.”

Maddox has been advocating for pre-K education since he was first elected in 2005.

“Come on out, walk or run 3 miles, and know you made a difference in a child’s life,” Maddox said.

You can register to participate in the event through March 31 for $30. After March 31, registration is $25. You can register right here.

If you’re more interested in volunteering, you can learn more or sign up right here.

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