Overall Rating
Overall Rating (5 Reviews)
2.8
(5 Ratings)  (5 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4
SCENERY
3
PRODUCTION
3.6
SWAG
3
Get ready to run, Birmingham! It’s time to see what we’ve become. BHM26.2 2022 in Alabama’s only fully charitable race series, benefiting Magic Moments and Children’s of Alabama in downtown Homewood and at Sloss Furnaces. Featuring a full marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K and fun run, BHM26.2’s race weekend brings … MORE
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Recent reviews

    joyruns FIRST-TIMER '22

    Bib pick up was drive through on a narrow two way street. Good idea but the street and alleyway wasn’t meant for this. Race morning, easy parking at slots furnace … MORE

    Bib pick up was drive through on a narrow two way street. Good idea but the street and alleyway wasn’t meant for this. Race morning, easy parking at slots furnace which was a few feet away from race start. Course was very hilly, no Portia potty on the course, at mile 1.34 they started to open the streets and asked for runners/ walkers to get on the sidewalk. Worst race I’ll ever run, I do not recommend this race. The medal was nice but the shirt is cotton.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    1
    SWAG
    1

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    leeannfsu1 FIRST-TIMER '21

    Start line parking was impossible to reach. We ended up parking at a warehouse. Start line was under a bridge. Did not play star spangled banner at the start. No … MORE

    Start line parking was impossible to reach. We ended up parking at a warehouse. Start line was under a bridge.
    Did not play star spangled banner at the start.
    No medical people on course.
    No porta potties on course
    Train tracks at finish line were a serious problem as 2 trains stopped on the tracks and we could not get back to our cars.
    Course did not go in downtown only on campus of UAB. The out along the highway featured homeless people sleeping on the side of the road.
    No local people came out to support the race course (Only water stops).
    No beer at the finish for the runners only some wine spritzer

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    1
    SCENERY
    1
    SWAG
    1

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    dchaplin1990 FIRST-TIMER '20

    This was an awsome race, incluiding an amazing medal, and a amazing race course, i even set a new personal best time at this race. The community support was amazing MORE

    This was an awsome race, incluiding an amazing medal, and a amazing race course, i even set a new personal best time at this race. The community support was amazing

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    rfranklin911 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This race is top notch. Communication is excellent and the after party can't be beat! Only down side is that there are so many hills! I think we ran up … MORE

    This race is top notch. Communication is excellent and the after party can’t be beat! Only down side is that there are so many hills! I think we ran up a hill to run up another hill. Plenty of on course support and the tour of Birmingham meant there was always something to see.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    Evwatkins FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race was scheduled for April 14, but due to bad weather, it was postponed 2 weeks later. I wasn't planning to go due to work conflicts, but my schedule … MORE

    This race was scheduled for April 14, but due to bad weather, it was postponed 2 weeks later. I wasn’t planning to go due to work conflicts, but my schedule changed last minute. The race did not offer a deferment or refund. All they offered for those who weren’t able to come 2 weeks later was a 25% code. :/ Luckily I was able to go, but those who weren’t were out of luck.

    COURSE: the course began at Railroad park, a nice revitalized area in downtown Bhm. Some areas of BHM are pretty sketchy. Not much you can do about that. The course included Greensprings Hwy, Valley road and then went into some of the nicer downtown areas. There are some pretty long steady hills as well as steep ups & downs. Not really a PR course.

    Bottom Line: Nice smaller marathon in a big city. Lots of good restaurants and things to do. Not the prettiest city by far, but a good choice for Alabama if you’re doing 50 states. I would do it again simply because it’s an easy 2hr drive for me. However, they aren’t currently offering day of packet pickup (they did offer it when the race was postponed, but not originally), so that’s a bit of a deal-breaker for people like me who drive in.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    M_Sohaskey May 09, 2019 at 12:11pm

    Glad to hear the timing worked in your favor and you were able to run this after all, Evelyn! And hope your knee responded well, that's the most important thing.… MORE

    Glad to hear the timing worked in your favor and you were able to run this after all, Evelyn! And hope your knee responded well, that's the most important thing. I'm sure this was a tough call for the organizers, since weather is the ultimate wild card. Thanks for another awesome review! LESS

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