The Downtown YMCA: Noojin & White Race to the Courthouse

Sun November 29 - Sat December 5 Birmingham, AL 35203 US
The YMCA of Greater Birmingham, the Downtown Branch
2101 4th Ave. N.
Birmingham, AL US 35203

34th Annual Noojin & White Race to the Courthouse Virtual 5K 

Sunday, November 29, 2020 - Saturday, December 5, 2020

Welcome to the 34th Noojin & White race to the Courthouse.  As we are in the midst of the Covid 19 Pandemic, we have created a virtual race to ensure that everyone remains safe as they participate.  We didn't want to skip a year, especially after 2019 setting a participant record...  But we did want to create a virtual bridge to what will be undoubtedly a huge turn-out for our 35th in December of 2021.  As you know, race proceeds have always supported our 'cause driven' programs and events' and funded our financial assistance efforts for membership and program participation.  This year's race is important because we want to highlight how the YMCA of Greater Birmingham responded to our community's needs due to the pandemic.  In 2020 your YMCA offered over 25,000 hours of childcare to essential workers families, collected 50 pints of blood with the American Red Cross, gave out over 9,500 meals to our summer campers, and distributed over 8,200 food boxes (69,000 lbs. and 5,800 gallons of milk) absolutely free to those throughout our community. 

Here's how you can help:  There will be no registration fee for this year's race.  Instead, we are asking that you consider a charitable gift of $25 or more to help the YMCA continue our Covid 19 relief efforts in our community.  Your donation will help to ensure that the YMCA can be out in front as we respond to community needs.

Race Location:
Run, walk, bike, hike or jump where you feel comfortable: your neighborhood, your commute to work, a favorite park...go crazy!
Here are a few of our favorite locations:
-Railroad Park (Last year's course is a great option)
-Oak Mountain Park, Red Mountain Park


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YMCA Downtown Birmingham
Our Cause:  A Healthier Birmingham

Strengthening community is our cause  We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health, and our neighbors.  That's why we focus our work in three areas: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.  As a leading non-profit partner, the Y has the track record and on-the-ground presence to move communities forward.  As a charity, we work every day to address community needs and ensure that all are welcome and that no one is turned away for an inability to pay.
For a better you.  For a better community.  For a better country.


In 1976, Ronnie Noojin formed the Noojin, Haley and Ashford firm. In 1980, those three lawyers joined the Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton law firm, where Ronnie practiced for the remainder of his life. Ronnie served on the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association’s Board of Governors and on its Executive Committee. He was a member and President of the Birmingham Bar’s Executive Committee. Mr. Noojin died on June 17, 1996, after an eight month battle with brain cancer.

Jere White was one of the founding members of Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC, and he is perhaps best known for his skills as a trial lawyer.  For over 30 years, Jere handled significant civil cases of all types in state and federal courts in Alabama and throughout the United States, and he was one of the few lawyers in Alabama inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the American Board of Trial Advocates. What is less known about Jere is his tremendous support of the downtown YMCA.  He was a regular lunch time runner, a board member and chairman, and a generous benefactor to the YMCA for three decades. Jere also was the YMCA’s Volunteer of the Year ­— a real testament to his commitment to the YMCA and its mission.

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