Event Update- Race tentatively moved to Spring 2021
We are pausing registration until further details are confirmed. Our registration reopen date is TBD when we have more concrete information. Please see our official statement below.
Twentieth Anniversary Mercedes Marathon Postponed Due to Coronavirus Concerns
Birmingham, Alabama, USA – Birmingham Marathon, Inc. and Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. (MBUSI) have jointly decided to postpone the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend out of caution due to safety concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic. “This was a very difficult decision, but it is in the best interest of all participants and spectators,” said Valerie Cuddy, Chairman of the event. “The COVID-19 situation is too fluid to accurately predict the conditions we will see in February. We don’t want to do anything to risk the health and safety of anyone involved as we are also following the lead of the City of Birmingham as they are delaying the approval of city-wide events. And please remember our official charity, The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs, as we all navigate through this time.”
The race weekend -- originally scheduled for February 19-21, 2021 in downtown Birmingham – will tentatively be held in the Spring of 2021. The decision affects the Mercedes-Benz Half and Full Marathon, the Marathon Relay and the Regions Superhero 5K normally scheduled for the Saturday or Sunday. A modified Mercedes-Benz Kid’s Marathon sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama will still take place. Children run 25.2 miles in weekly increments or in organized sessions at their schools. Instead of running the final mile on February 20, 2021 in downtown Birmingham, they will run through organized activities at their respective schools or they can run that mile virtually. Participants will still receive their finisher medals and other amenities.
“COVID-19 has affected so many aspects of our lives over the last year,” said Michael Goebel, President and CEO of MBUSI. “Our plant has taken extensive safety precautions in the workplace since we restarted production after a 4-week hiatus in March. We have told our Team Members to expect to continue wearing masks and follow our measures through the end of 2020 and most likely through a significant part of 2021. We could not in good conscience support holding the event in February and potentially create an environment where COVID-19 could thrive. We will make every effort to help make sure the 20th Anniversary race takes place – whether it happens in 2021 or 2022.”