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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