General Information Kids
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama Kids Mercedes Marathon is an innovative five month endurance building running/walking program designed for children kindergarten (K5) through 5th grade. Children will run the distance of a full marathon (26.2 miles) over the course of the five month program. To achieve this goal, kids must train for the last mile of their marathon by running a total of 25.2 miles in 1/4 mile, 1/2 mile, 3/4 mile or 1 mile increments between September 2016 through January 2017 to qualify for race day participation. There are NO official winners, but the event is timed so your child can chart their progress from the beginning of their training in September until race day. Our motto is "if you had fun you won"!!!
Students run in PE class and/or with a parent and keep a running log sheet to track their progress. Mileage is based on adult supervision and the honor system. As each child completes the final mile on the actual marathon course on Saturday, February 11, 2017, he/she will receive a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama Kids Mercedes Marathon Finisher’s Medal, a miniature version of the Mercedes Marathon finisher’s medal.
Your child’s safety is the most important priority for our race staff. We go to great measures to insure their safety and we appreciate everyone abiding by our rules to accomplish our mission. First, each grade will have a designated colored T-shirt that your child must wear on race day. Your packet will also contain your child's race number that MUST be worn on the front of their shirt. Attached to the race number is a PARENT CLAIM TAG. You must detach this and keep it with you so that you may identify and claim your child after the race. No child will be allowed to leave their designated fenced area unless the parent/guardian has the matching number on their claim tag. No IDs will be accepted in place of the race number. You MUST have the matching race number! Second, we’ll have a Birmingham Police officer at every street intersection along with a course marshal so your child will not be able to make a turn that is not on the course. We also have college cross country teams and other official runners who will run with the children. They will insure that the runners stay on the correct course while offering them encouragement to finish their marathon goal. This is also another reason your child must wear their designated race day T-shirt so our officials can identify them. Your children are our children and with your help, we will make sure they have an enjoyable and safe experience! Please educate your child on how the actual race will take place and that they should not leave the finish line corrals for any reason except when their parent/guardian picks them up using the matching claim number from their race bib.
Kindergarten - Red
First Grade - Blue
Second Grade- White
Third Grade - Gray
Fourth Grade - Gold
Fifth Grade - Black
Final Race Instructions
During the week of the race, registered participants will receive their final instructions via email regarding packet pick up times, locations and race day details. To ensure that you receive our e-mails, please add email@example.com to your address book. And please read these instructions as they will answer all your questions regarding the events of race day!
Now through November 15, 2016 - $20 -- click here to register online at Runsignup.com
Now through November 15, 2016 - $25 - Hard copy registration
After November 15, 2016 - NO PAPER REGISTRATIONS ACCEPTED
LATE REGISTRATION November 15 - 30, 2016 - $40 online registration ONLY
You can also register by getting a registration form from your PE teacher and turning it in through him/her. (Not all schools participate as a school so this may not be an option.) Hard copy registration is $25.
If your school does not currently participate in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama Kids Mercedes Marathon as a school/PE activity and you would like us to contact them about participation, please call us at (205) 870-7771.
There will be NO make-up date.
No check-in is required on race day.
YOUR CHILD MUST RUN THEIR FINAL MILE ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2017 ON THE MARATHON COURSE TO RECEIVE THEIR MEDAL. As with any other sporting event, they must be there to finish their goal and receive their Blng!
For more information, please call (205) 870-7771 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
All runners must keep track of their miles on a mileage log sheet. Your PE coach may provide your child with one or you can download one from our Web site. Your child can chart their miles in 0.25-mile increments and won’t have to feel pressured to run a complete mile when they begin their training. However, if your child is training with their school’s PE class they may structure it different. Upon completion of 25.2 miles, each child/school must email, mail or fax their log sheet/s by January 28, 2016 to the Mercedes Marathon office. Our fax number is (205) 870-7729 or mail to Mercedes Marathon, 1911 27th Avenue, South, Birmingham, AL 35209. This completed log sheet is required in order to complete the final mile on Saturday, February 11, 2017. To download a log sheet click here.