Overall Rating
Overall Rating (15 Reviews)
3.7
(15 Ratings)(15 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.1
SCENERY
2.9
PRODUCTION
4.3
SWAG
3.9
Birmingham’s Premier Running Weekend…. the Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend has made its mark as one of the most hospitable and enjoyable marathons in the country. Athletes of all ages and running abilities are welcome to participate in one of our many weekend activities and events. Run or walk one of our … MORE
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    Evwatkins FIRST-TIMER '20

    I thoroughly enjoyed this event. Birmingham is very hilly. The course was not to impressive - very industrial. The course was exclusively in the downtown area. (BHM26.2 goes further out … MORE

    I thoroughly enjoyed this event. Birmingham is very hilly.
    The course was not to impressive – very industrial. The course was exclusively in the downtown area. (BHM26.2 goes further out to include nice neighborhoods.)
    Nice swag and medal.
    MY ONLY COMPLAINT: No race day packet pickup. There’s no reason for a race this small to have no day of PP offered. I live 2 hours away. More people within driving distance would run these events if race day pickup was offered.

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    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    1
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    4

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    buckn1dm FIRST-TIMER '20

    Lots of strong community support along the race. Great water stations with GUs and body armor. Portajohns available at most miles. The first 4.5 miles were up hill to lead … MORE

    Lots of strong community support along the race. Great water stations with GUs and body armor. Portajohns available at most miles. The first 4.5 miles were up hill to lead to a beautiful view of the city. Course goes through suburbs, city, and industrial zone along the train tracks. Lots to look at. You get a shirt, medal, socks, lunch and entry to a decent expo. Well organized

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    2
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    4
    SCENERY
    4
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    4

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    Great race! The first half was super hilly but the second half was pretty flat. I ran with Jacks Pack and had the best time! Definitely will run this race … MORE

    Great race!

    The first half was super hilly but the second half was pretty flat. I ran with Jacks Pack and had the best time! Definitely will run this race again

    I love that they gave stickers in the swag bag

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
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    5
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    dannytolliver FIRST-TIMER '20

    This was a very hilly race but great scenery and volunteers. Their were plenty of water stops throughout the course, food , poweraid and BodyArmour drinks. Great crowd support and … MORE

    This was a very hilly race but great scenery and volunteers. Their were plenty of water stops throughout the course, food , poweraid and BodyArmour drinks. Great crowd support and plenty of restroom Portal P. Running into the finish line was flat so that made it a super great race.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5
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    dannytolliver FIRST-TIMER '20

    There was 1 water station , super volunteer support and great crowd support. At race end there were plenty of Body Armour drinks, bananas and oranges to eat along with … MORE

    There was 1 water station , super volunteer support and great crowd support. At race end there were plenty of Body Armour drinks, bananas and oranges to eat along with water. The run ends in a large park, super Awesome

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    5
    SCENERY
    4
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    5
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    Smyles FIRST-TIMER '20

    Packet pickup was great, very well organized. Expo was nice, great vendors so if you left anything at home ie: run shoes, hat, gloves not to worry, you can get … MORE

    Packet pickup was great, very well organized. Expo was nice, great vendors so if you left anything at home ie: run shoes, hat, gloves not to worry, you can get what you need at the expo. Great race, weather was cold at the start but got better towards the end. Route was a lollipop. Security was great, volunteers were great.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    Very well run from start to finish and I really enjoyed the course through the city. There were real bathrooms at the start!! Able to walk from my hotel to … MORE

    Very well run from start to finish and I really enjoyed the course through the city. There were real bathrooms at the start!! Able to walk from my hotel to the start. Crowd was great and aid stations were too!

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    3
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    5
    SCENERY
    3
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    5

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    rutowskis1 FIRST-TIMER '18

    To be honest, there is nothing special about this race. It is super flat and the weather is typically great at this time, but there is nothing in my mind … MORE

    To be honest, there is nothing special about this race. It is super flat and the weather is typically great at this time, but there is nothing in my mind that stands out about it. That being said, I would run it over and over again. It is just a solid race that is easy to run and fun to prepare for and celebrate after. Birmingham is a really cool city and it proves to be a great little racecation. I recommend this race to really anyone. It is just a good race.

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    1
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    5
    SCENERY
    3
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    3

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    bstibbs1223 FIRST-TIMER '17

    If you want to run a race that covers the swath of downtown Birmingham, look no further! Not a big fan of the double loop, but enjoyed it nonetheless! MORE

    If you want to run a race that covers the swath of downtown Birmingham, look no further! Not a big fan of the double loop, but enjoyed it nonetheless!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
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    5

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    MarkEdwards FIRST-TIMER '03

    Did not like this one. They put steps leading down at mile 20! I heard they changed the course since then though. I had leg cramps last 6 miles due … MORE

    Did not like this one. They put steps leading down at mile 20! I heard they changed the course since then though. I had leg cramps last 6 miles due to those steps.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    2
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    3

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    bjfuller2000 FIRST-TIMER '18

    It was a great race. The bling was nothing short of awesome and the race was well organized and planned. The double loop made it difficult. Race was very hilly … MORE

    It was a great race. The bling was nothing short of awesome and the race was well organized and planned. The double loop made it difficult. Race was very hilly and on the day I ran it rained. Overall good race and a good time.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5

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    d.dencklau FIRST-TIMER '17

    Picked this race because it worked well into my schedule to mark off another state. It was fine, but as the title says, nothing to write home about. Pros: -Nice … MORE

    Picked this race because it worked well into my schedule to mark off another state. It was fine, but as the title says, nothing to write home about.

    Pros:
    -Nice medal; I liked the shirt (though my partner did not)
    -Water stops well spaced, stocked, and staffed
    -Good post race food (Though crowded!)
    -Friendly volunteers
    -Not a ton of spectators, but where the spectators were to be found, they were very supportive

    Cons:
    -No corrals (and poor self seeding)
    -Warm and hilly for this flat lander who hadn’t run without tights and a lot of layers for a few months
    -Boring scenery, boring town (But the Vulcan is kind of cool to stop by on your way out of town)

    Bottom Line: I really have no strong feelings about this race either way. Good for 50 state folks, not a race I’d go out of my way to run again.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    2
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    3

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    MadelynMarino FIRST-TIMER '17

    I picked this race to check Alabama oh my 50 states quest. I really didn't enjoy the race, but that could be because it was more difficult than I expected. … MORE

    I picked this race to check Alabama oh my 50 states quest. I really didn’t enjoy the race, but that could be because it was more difficult than I expected. Even though I didn’t enjoy it, it might be a good option for someone else.

    The morning of the race was fairly warm, about 60 degrees. There were no corrals at the start, which made it very difficult to navigate. It was so crowded, I was nervous I wouldn’t make it into the line-up before the start of the race. They did have timed flags on the side of the start chute, but it was difficult to stand near my estimated time.

    The first couple of miles of the race was nothing special. It was a mix of flat portions and hills. By mile 6 I hit a very large uphill portion of the race. It felt like hills went on for the next couple of miles. By mile 9 there was a brief downhill. I made sure I ran as fast as I could down that portion. The last portion of the race had a long finish chute.

    Overall, I am happy that it is over and am glad I can check Alabama off the list.

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    2
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    2
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    2
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    2

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    dansolera FIRST-TIMER '12

    Once again, I was drawn to this race by their medals. Every year they offer the classic Mercedes logo / hood ornament to runners for finishing, and I couldn't help … MORE

    Once again, I was drawn to this race by their medals. Every year they offer the classic Mercedes logo / hood ornament to runners for finishing, and I couldn’t help but want my own. However, if you travel for this event, please be aware that Birmingham doesn’t offer much in terms of entertainment. The course, for that matter, takes a while to leave the city. Once it does, you will find yourself with a welcome change of scenery, but it takes a climb to do so. You’re rewarded with a speedy downhill back into the city, where the post-race party is stocked with food. I’d only recommend this race if a.) you want to hit up all 50 states, b.) you live in Birmingham. It should also be noted that the marathon is a two-looped course, which I do not like.

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    5
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    2
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    2

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    geddings FIRST-TIMER '14

    This was just a horrible weekend for us. Check the Birmingham calendar before signing up for this race. They not only had the race, but had a Comi-con, and cheerleading … MORE

    This was just a horrible weekend for us. Check the Birmingham calendar before signing up for this race. They not only had the race, but had a Comi-con, and cheerleading competition, with all of us having to stay in the same hotel. The race was not that scenic either. But I needed it for my 50 stater. It was also 30 degrees at the start.

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    2
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    2
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    3

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