FAQs

How do I Register?

Registration is available online at https://runsignup.com/bhm262. Alternatively, you can contact us, and we will be happy to mail a form to you. All registrations submitted by paper entry form. We do not accept phone or email entries. All paper registrations must be received by 4/8/18.

Registration Confirmation- How do I know if I am registered?

You can confirm your registration by signing into your Run Signup account and viewing your current registrations. Please Note: Final confirmation/information will be emailed to participants within 2 weeks before the event.

What do I do if I cannot participate once I have registered?

All registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable. Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund. If you cannot participate, you may not give or sell your number to anyone else and entry fees will not be transferred from year to year. Your registration fee will be converted to a donation to Magic Moments and The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancers and Blood Disorders.

Can I switch from the full marathon to half marathon after I have registered or vice-versa?

Registrations cannot be transferred between the full and half marathons.

What if I did not receive a confirmation sheet?

You will be able to pick up your packet by presenting a valid photo I.D.

Can someone else pick up my race material?

Race material may be picked up by someone else if they have a copy of a current, valid photo I.D. of the race participant they are picking up for. Race materials will not be mailed.

What do I receive with my registration?

Each registered participant and finisher will receive the following:

  • Race number, official timing device, technical T-shirt and swag bag to be picked up at the Expo.
  • Water, Sports Drink & Sport Gel along the course
  • Refreshments and water at the start and finish lines
  • Finisher’s medal when you cross the finish line
  • Entry to After Party featuring concert, meal from Jim ‘N Nick’s Community Bar-B-Q, kid’s zone, and more

How do I purchase additional After Party tickets?

Runners receive one complimentary After Party ticket with race registration. At time of registration, additional After Party tickets may be purchased at the discounted rate of $18 per ticket. This discount is only available at time of race registration. After Party tickets are $25 each and can be purchased until Saturday, April `4, 2017. After Party tickets will be available day of for $30 at the door. Registrants for the Fun One do not receive After Party tickets with registration fee, but they may purchase the discounted $18 After Party ticket at time of registration. Children 8 and under do not need a ticket to attend the After Party.

Can I pick up my packet on Race Day?

No. All packets must be picked up at the Expo on Saturday, April 14th.

Will the event be cancelled in inclement weather?

We will follow standard outdoor sporting event protocol to ensure safety of runners and volunteers. If event hasn’t started by 7:30 a.m., event will be cancelled. Your registration fee will be converted to a donation to Magic Moments and The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancers and Blood Disorders.

Is the course walker friendly?

The courses are walker friendly. We just ask that all participants train in an effort to complete the course within the course time limit. The cutoff time is 6 hours. Any remaining runners will be transported to finish line after the cutoff times.

Are bikes, rollerblades, or baby joggers allowed on the course?

No dogs, in-line skates, baby joggers, skateboards, or bikes will be allowed on any part of the course, with the exception of the one mile fun run where baby joggers are allowed. This is for everyone’s safety!

Is this event a Boston Marathon qualifying course?

BHM26.2 features a certified courses and is a “qualifier” for the Boston Marathon.

Is there a course time limit?

Yes. The time limit is six hours for the full marathon.

How does the relay work?

A team can have up to five runners. The legs of the relay are 4, 3, 7, 4, and 8 miles.

Is there a limit to the number of participants?

Yes. The full marathon is capped at 1,000 runners. The half marathon is capped at 3,000 runners. Relay teams are capped at 500 teams.

Do you offer a military discount?

Yes. Email [email protected] with a photo of your military ID for a 15% discount.

Is BHM 26.2 a wheelchair event?

Yes. The wheelchair event will start 3 minutes prior to marathon start.

Where are medical stations located?

Medical stations will be located at the Finish Line, near English Village and near Uptown. Each water station will have a first aid kit for minor issues.

Where are water stations located?

Water stations will be located approximately every two miles.

Awards- If I win an award, can I pick it up on race day?

All age group awards will be handed out to the top three finishers in each age group during the awards presentation at the After Party.

How are cash prizes awarded?

Cash prizes will be awarded by gun time finishes. All other awards will leverage chip times for winners.

Full Marathon – Male

1st Place –  $2000

2nd Place – $1000

3rd Place – $500

Full Marathon – Female

1st Place –  $2000

2nd Place – $1000

3rd Place – $500

Half Marathon – Male

1st Place –  $750

2nd Place – $350

3rd Place – $250

Half Marathon – Female

1st Place –  $750

2nd Place – $350

3rd Place – $250

What if my results are missing or inaccurate?

Please submit a results correction request and our timing company will look into your claim. Submissions will be accepted for five days after the event and updated results will be posted within seven days.

Where can runners store their belongings while running?

A bag check will be located near the Start/Finish Line.

What if I lost a personal item at the Start of Finish Line?

Lost items that were found and turned in will be returned to the Magic Moments office after the event. Please allow 1-2 weeks for transit time and inventory.

Email [email protected] to request your lost item. Please Note: BHM26.2, Magic Moments, and Children’s of Alabama are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Fundraising:

Do all event proceeds go to Magic Moments and the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancers and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama?

100% of registration fees benefit Magic Moments and the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancers and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama.

Hotel Information:

The host hotels are the Sheraton Birmingham and the Westin Birmingham. Blocks have been reserved and rooms are available for $139 per night at the Sheraton and $169 per night at The Westin. Both hotels will make a $5 donation to the event with each room booked. The Expo will be located in the Sheraton Birmingham Ballroom. The host hotels are approximately 1.5 miles from start/finish line and the after party. Sleeping Rooms

What is the weekend schedule of events?

Friday:
Friday Night Welcome Party – details coming soon!

Saturday:
Expo and Packet Pickup – Sheraton Birmingham Ball from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday:
Marathon – Railroad Park, race begins at 7:00 a.m. (arrive no later than 6:00 a.m.)
Half Marathon – Railroad Park, race begins at 7:00 a.m. (arrive no later than 6:00 a.m.)
One Mile Fun Run – Railroad Park, race begins at 8:30 a.m. (arrive no later than 7:30 a.m.)
After Party – Railroad Park (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)