Birmingham Alabama To Host Inaugural Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 25, 2011

The new event will comprise a marathon and a half marathon.

Some cities bring in big-name elite runners to accompany their marathon announcements, but not Birmingham, Alabama. On Monday, past American Idol winner Reuben Studdard helped mayor William Bell announce the first Ruben Studdard Celebration Weekend and Birmingham Marathon. The date for the race has not been finalized, but it is expected to take place in the fall.

It is just one of many events planned to benefit the Ruben Studdard Foundation for the Advancement of Children in the Music Arts.

“The event weekend will make a great economic impact on the city and help support all the kids benefiting from the great work of the Ruben Studdard Foundation,” Mayor Bell wrote in a press release.

Studdard, a native of Birmingham, admits that he is a runner.

“The City of Birmingham has always been an important part of me becoming the person I am today,” Studdard announced. ”I’m looking forward to being a part of something so exciting that helps the city and the kids who benefit from the foundation.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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