Tuscaloosa Half Marathon allows participants to see the city’s recovery efforts from the April 27th, 2011 tornado
Tuscaloosa, Alabama — Over 1,000 participants braved the cold and threat of snow showers to run in the inaugural Tuscaloosa Half Marathon on Saturday, March 2nd. The race began in front of City Hall in downtown Tuscaloosa and took runners on a course designed with the purpose of showcasing recovery.
The course of the Tuscaloosa Half Marathon took participants throughout portions of the city effected by the April 27th, 2011 tornado. It allowed the runners to see recovery efforts already completed and still taking place throughout Tuscaloosa.
The overall goal and statement of the Tuscaloosa Half Marathon was, “A run towards recovery”. All proceeds from the 13.1 mile race went towards ReadBAMARead and the Kiwanis Club of Greater Tuscaloosa.
Runners lined up for their marks right at 8:00 A.M. They were given words of encouragement and support by another race participant, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox. He thanked all those who helped make the Tuscaloosa Half Marathon possible before joining the pack and running the race.
The course eventually led runners to the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, which served as the finish line and location for the post race party. Friends, family, and regular spectators gathered to congratulate the race participants as they crossed the finish line.
Chad Williamson of Homewood was the first runner to make it to the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. He finished the race with a time of 1 hour, 22 minutes, and 9 seconds. Kristina Vaughn of Birmingham was the first female participant across the finish line. She finished with a time of 1 hour, 26 minutes, and 19 seconds.
For the full gallery of photos from the Tuscaloosa Half Marathon, which were taken through a partnership with the Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission, please visit the gallery below.