Marathon Information

Marathon Information

 

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum Age Requirement: 16 years old on race day, February 16, 2020. If you're under 18 years old, you must have a parent or legal guardian sign the waiver in order to participate.
  • Registrations are non transferable, non refundable and cannot be deferred.  Event insurance is available for purchase, but can ONLY be purchased at the time of your registration.  
  • Race cap is 1000 participants. Don't be left out, register early.
  • Participants must pick up their own race packet by presenting a Photo ID and your race number. We also suggest bringing your confirmation email for proof of registration.  We DO NOT offer multiple packet pick up this year due to security issues. Only family members are allowed to pick up their 18 year old or younger child's race packet with their race number email confirmation.  If you're having air travel conflicts, contact us at info@mercedesmarathon.com
  • Baby joggers, in-line skates, bicycles, unauthorized vehicles and unregistered runners are prohibited on the course. No pets or smoking on course PLEASE! Any participant breaking one of these rules will be removed from the course, disqualified and will not receive the finishers’ amenities.
  • NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION OR PACKET PICK-UP.  You must pick up your race packet and race bib at the Expo. Your timing device is attached to your race bib. You must wear your race bib to participate inthe race. 

Registration Prices- Marathon

  $80 through August 31, 2019
$100 through December 31, 2019 
$110 through February 9, 2020
$120 Race Week & Expo Registration 

Your registration will be confirmed by e-mail from our event registration host, runsignup.com. If you don’t see your confirmation email in your inbox, please check your spam.

Time Limits

  • Full Marathon -  6 hour time limit (must maintain a consisent pace of approximately 13:44 minutes per mile)
  • The famous "Balloon Lady" will be on the course as the "official last finisher" of the full marathon and will be walking at a 6-hour pace. Any full marathoner or relay team who is behind her when the course splits will be directed onto the half marathon course and will receive a half marathon medal and finish line amenity; and relay teams will be disqualified. Staying in front of our “Balloon Lady” is extremely important to ensure the safety of all our participants. If you are behind her at about mile 20 our security/police officers must remove you from the course due to the course closing. The Birmingham Police are adamant about this rule with no exceptions.

Participant Amenities

  • Race bags filled with vendor items and a short sleeved gender specific technical shirt. 
  • Cross the finish line and receive a race specific finisher's amenity (to be decided) along with a commemorative Mercedes-Benz Marathon finisher's medal that resembles a large, heavy hood ornament. 
  • The Post Race Block Party features a live bands, lots of juicy southern barbeque from Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q Restaurants, plenty of cold beer from Good People Brewing Company, Michelob Ultra, endless Cokes, Dasani and PowerAde and massages. Race merchandise will still be available for your shopping pleasure as well. All food and festivities are included in your race entry fee. Meal tickets may be purchased for $10 each per person for family and friends not participating in the race. IDs will be checked so be sure you bring yours if you want a beer. It’s a good time for all! Ask your friends, we take our parties seriously!

PowerAde / Water Stations & Course Support

Nine fully staffed and equipped fluid stations will be on our double loop course. PowerAde, water, petroleum jelly and ibuprofen will be available at each stop. Clearly marked miles and digital clocks will be at the beginning of each mile. Porta lets will be available at every water station as well. Other items and course support such as fruit, cookies, cheerleaders, live entertainment and more will be in different areas along the route. GU will be provided at approximate miles 4, 8, 11, 17, 21, 24.

Medical

Emergency personnel with the city of Birmingham and St. Vincent’s Health System will be on call. Medical stations will be available throughout the course and at the start and finish line. If you have medical concerns related to the courses or to your personal situation, please inform the race staff by writing any necessary medical information on the back of your race number and leaving an emergency contact number on your entry form.

Awards / Age Divisions

Awards are given to the top three male and female finishers in each of the following age divisions: 12-14 (half marathon only), 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 and over. (We do not have a wheelchair division for the full marathon; only for the half marathon.) Click here for information regarding the Awards Ceremonies. 

2020 Prize Structure

  • Overall cash winners are not eligible for age division awards. CASH PRIZES are determined by GUN TIME.  If you think you may be a contender for anoverall cash award then we suggest you cross the start line timing pad as soon as possible. 
  • Age division awards will be scored and determined based on Marathon Chip Time NOT Gun time.
  • Double dipping is allowed.

Click here for Prize Purse information

Course Records

  • Full - Male record is 2:18:12 – 2019 - Eliud Ngetich, USA
  • Full - Female record is 2:35:33 – 2014 - Gisela Olalde, Mexico
  • Half - Male record is 1:03:38 – 2010 - Jason Lehmkuhle, USA
  • Half - Female record is 1:11:21 – 2019 - Mary Munanu, USA

The Mercedes-Benz Marathon course is a certified course and therefore is a Boston Marathon qualifier. All marathon results will be sent directly to the folks at Boston.

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