Our 2021 race weekend that would have been our
20th anniversary celebration
is now postponed until February 11-13, 2022.
Thank you for your support and patience as we 've been navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is with great disappointment that our 2021 race weekend must be postponed to 2022 due to the ongoing health crisis. Please see our formal announcement below.
If you were registered for our 2021 event, please check your email inbox from our staff regarding your race registration details. Email us at [email protected] with any questions.
Again, thank you for your patience and understanding.
We'll see you February 11-13, 2022.
Happy and healthy running to you!
PLEASE SEE OUR FORMAL STATMENT BELOW
Twentieth Anniversary Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend Postponed Until 2022 Due to Coronavirus Concerns
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 amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The 20th Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend will now be held a full year later – in February of 2022.
“Based on the current situation with COVID-19 and the inability to secure a permit from the City of Birmingham for the postponed April date, we could not in good conscience proceed with hosting the event this spring,” said Valerie Cuddy, Chairman of the event. “We understand it is a huge disappointment, but this is necessary for the health and safety of all involved. The pandemic has deeply impacted planning, access to resources needed to carry out the race and the uncertainty will not allow us to put on a quality event and protect our runners, staff and volunteers who have made the event so successful during its 19-year history.”
Birmingham Marathon, Inc. will be reaching out to all registered participants to confirm options to roll over registrations to the 2022 event.
“We encourage our sponsors to consider diverting their support to our official charity for the race weekend -- The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs to help children from birth to three years of age who are at risk for developmental delay,” said Valerie Cuddy. “Because of COVID-19, the Bell Center transitioned in 2020 first to telehealth programs and then they restored in-person services to help children continue to make progress toward their developmental goals. They need our funds to continue helping children and families through their incredible work.”
The modified Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama’s Kids Mercedes-Benz Marathon is still taking place. Since last September, children have been running their 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. The kids will still get their finisher medals and other amenities.