ASPIRE Wine 10K & Benchmark First Responder 5K

Fri March 5 - Sun March 7, 2021 Hoover, AL 35244 US Directions RaceJoy Ready
Events

ASPIRE Wine 10K

$65 03/06 7:00AM CST
647 spots left. Registration ends March 6, 2021 at 6:30am CST

Benchmark First Responder 5K

$35 03/06 7:00AM CST
219 spots left. Registration ends March 6, 2021 at 6:30am CST
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ASPIRE Wine 10K - Virtual Option

$30 Registration ends March 6, 2021 at 11:59pm CST
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Benchmark First Responder 5K - Virtual Option

$30 Registration ends March 6, 2021 at 11:59pm CST
Place
Hoover Metropolitan Stadium
100 Ben Chapman Drive
Hoover, AL US 35244
Description

The ASPIRE Wine 10K & Benchmark First Responder 5K are USAT&F certified loop courses which start at The Finley Center / Aspire Sports Institute and continue through the world-class Hoover Metropolitan Sports Complex and adjacent neighborhood. Runners will return to finish alongside The Finley Center / Aspire Sports Institute. We strongly recommend that you take time to familiarize yourself with the course prior to race day. Runners and walkers of all paces are welcome and encouraged to participate. 

We are offering a VIRTUAL OPTION for both the 10K and 5K for those not able to join us on race day.  Virtual athletes will run the 10K or 5K route of their choosing race weekend, March 5-7, 2021. 

Both the 10K and 5K (NEW FOR 2021) courses are USAT&F certified:

ASPIRE Wine 10K AL21004JE

Benchmark First Responder 5K AL21003JE
 
COURSE HYDRATION:
Hydration stations along the course will provide water and Powerade.
 
CANCELLATION STATEMENT:
This event will occur rain or shine, hot or cold. We reserve the right to cancel in extreme circumstances or as advised by authorities. In the event of cancellation, your entry fee will considered a donation to the youth nutrition program at ASPIRE Sports Institute.

NEWS

01/14/2021: We have received approval to host this event in person in 2021.  This approval relies on our extensive Covid-19 Preparedness Plan which we will put into place and require all athletes to adhere to.  This plan will be posted soon.  Both the 10K and 5K will start in small waves based on estimated finish times or either be a time trial start.  Look for more details to be posted here as race date approaches. 

As we are aware of the current Covid-19 pandemic in the state of Alabama, and the nation, we are taking several steps at the ASPIRE Wine 10K & Benchmark First Responder 5K 2021 to ensure the highest level of safety for our athletes, staff and volunteers.  While we will be implementing several steps to prepare the event for a safe experience, we will also rely on the athlete to take personal responsibility for his or her safety. Please CLICK HERE to view our Covid-19 Preparedness Plan before arriving at the event. 

03/02/2021: The ASPIRE Wine 10K has an elite field of athletes who will start the 10K at 6:45 am, which is the Elite Athlete Corral. These athletes will be wearing race bibs numbered 1-100. Only athletes with race bibs numbered 1-100 are permitted into the Elite Athlete Corral. At the direction of the Hoover Police Department, all Non-Elite Athletes in the 10K will start at 7:07 am. THERE WILL BE NO CORRAL / WAVE STARTS IN THE 10K FOR NON-ELITE ATHLETES. 

Hotel Accommodations

For non-local participants in need of accommodations, we recommend the following hotels: 

Residence Inn Birmingham Hoover

Embassy Suites by Hilton Birmingham Hoover 

Virtual 10K & 5K

NEW THIS YEAR! We are pleased to offer a virtual option for both the 10K and 5K, for those unable to join us in person. Participants in the virtual events will run the course of their choosing on race weekend, March 5-7, 2021. Registration for the Virtual 10K & 5K will remain open until 11:59 pm Saturday, March 6, 2021. 

PLEASE NOTE: All virtual race packets will be mailed to participants the week of March 8, 2021, and will not be available for pick up during packet pick up hours. No exceptions. Virtual race packets will include race bib, t-shirt, and finisher medal. 

IMPORTANT EVENT DETAILS:
The event details are simple: Select your favorite 5K / 10K route and run it as fast as you can! Then, if you so choose, enter your results into the results portal. There are several options available for entering your results once you complete your race. 

RACEJOY is one option which will not only upload your results for you, but will also track your mileage and route. If you do not own a GPS watch but do own a smartphone, RaceyJoy might be the right option for you. CLICK HERE to learn more about RaceJoy.

If you own a GPS watch or use another app to track your distance, you may also manually enter your time directly into the event results set from the RESULTS PAGE found on the RunSignUp event page. 

You may also choose to not enter your results, and just relish in your own personal satisfaction of having completed the event. Either way, we are glad you are participating! 

If you are opting to submit your results, you must do so between 12:01am on March 5, 2021 and 11:59 pm March 7, 2021. We will not accept results after this time.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING T-SHIRTS:
Short sleeve, super soft Primease t-shirts are included with registration. 
Unisex Sizes S / M / L / XL / XXL are available. 

PLEASE NOTE: The t-shirt deadline is Wednesday, February 17, 2021. Anyone registering after this date will not be guaranteed a t-shirt. We will do our best to estimate quantity and sizing needs, but cannot guarantee preferred sizes to anyone registering after this date.

When race t-shirts are ordered the inventory will be placed into the RunSignUp registration portal. This means that if you are given the option to select a certain size, that size is available. If a certain size is not available it will not appear as an option during registration.  

Race t-shirts will be mailed to virtual participants the week of March 8, 2021.   

Already registered, but want to CHANGE YOUR T-SHIRT SIZE? CLICK HERE to learn how! Please note that the deadline to change your t-shirt size is Wednesday, February 17, 2021. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING FINISHER MEDALS: 
All 10K and 5K finishers will receive a custom finisher medal. 

1200 10K Finisher Medals and 500 5K Finisher Medals have been ordered.  The first 1200 registrants for the 10K and first 500 registrants for the 5K will be guaranteed a finisher medal on race day, or the week of March 8, 2021 if participating in the virtual event. If needed, we will place a second order of finisher medals and will ship medals via US Postal Service to those who did not receive one on race day, or the week of March 8, 2021.  This delivery may take up to 3 months following the event as lead times for medals is very large.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING VIRTUAL AWARDS:
The top 3 male / female overall finishers in both the 10K / 5K will be awarded. To be eligible for a virtual award, you must enter your finish time on the results portal by 11:59 pm March 7, 2021. Virtual awards will be shipped to winners the week of March 8, 2021. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING EVENT TRANSFERS:
Event Transfers are allowed. The deadline to complete all transfers is 11:59 pm March 5, 2021. CLICK HERE to learn how to transfer from one event to another. 

Event Transfer

Event Transfers are allowed. The deadline to complete all transfers is 11:59 pm March 5, 2021. 
Refunds will not be given if transferring to a lower priced event. If transferring to a higher priced event, you will pay the difference in price between the price you paid, and the current price of the event you are transferring into. 

Click HERE to learn how to transfer from one event to another.

Bib Transfers

Participant to participant bib transfers are allowed. The deadline to complete all transfers is 11:59 pm March 5, 2021. 
CLICK HERE to learn how to initiate a bib transfer. Please note that at $10 transfer fee will apply. 

Team Competition 10K & 5K

ASPIRE Wine 10K & Benchmark First Responder 5K is proud to offer a Team Competition for the Fastest Team (10K & 5K) and the Largest Team (10K & 5K Combined)! Both in-person and virtual participants are welcome to create and/or join a team! 

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline to CREATE A NEW TEAM or JOIN AN EXISTING TEAM is 11:59 pm Friday, March 5, 2021. 

FASTEST TEAM COMPETITION RULES 10K AND 5K (PRIZE: $250 + Great Race Swag)

1. All teams will consist of a minimum of 5 members. There is no maximum number of members per team. Each team must include at least 2 females in their team scoring.

2.  The team captain must register first to create / name the team. Team members may then register and join the team. 

3. A minimum of 5 team members must register for and complete the 10K / 5K race. 

4. Scoring - For each team, top 5 overall places based on chip time will be added and must include at least 2 females. Only those participating in the in-person event will be scored. The fastest overall time wins!

 

LARGEST TEAM COMPETITION RULES 10K & 5K Combined (PRIZE: $500 + Great Race Swag)

1. Teams can consist of any number of runners. There is no minimum or maximum number of members per team. 

2.  The team captain must register first to create / name the team. Team members may then register and join the team. 

3.  Scoring – The team with the most number of registered participants (both in-person and virtual) as of 11:59 pm Friday, March 5, 2021 WINS! 

T-Shirts

Short sleeve, super soft Primease t-shirts are included with registration. 
Unisex Sizes S / M / L / XL / XXL are available. 

PLEASE NOTE: The t-shirt deadline is Wednesday, February 17th. Anyone registering after this date will not be guaranteed a t-shirt. We will do our best to estimate quantity and sizing needs, but cannot guarantee preferred sizes to anyone registering after this date.

When race t-shirts are ordered the inventory will be placed into the RunSignUp registration portal. This means that if you are given the option to select a certain size, that size is available. If a certain size is not available it will not be an option during registration.  

Race t-shirts will be distributed at Packet Pick Up on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  

Already registered, but want to CHANGE YOUR T-SHIRT SIZE? CLICK HERE to learn how! Please note that the deadline to change your t-shirt size is Wednesday, February 17th. 

Course Map

To view the course map, simply click one of the links below: 

Printable Course Map - 10K 

MapMyRun Route - 10K 

Printable Course Map - 5K 

MayMyRun Route - 5K

Event Schedule

PLEASE NOTE: The ASPIRE Wine 10K has an elite field of athletes who will start the 10K at 6:45 a.m., which is the Elite Athlete Corral. These athletes will be wearing race bibs numbered 1-100. Only athletes with race bibs numbered 1-100 are permitted into the Elite Athlete Corral. At the direction of the Hoover Police Department, all Non-Elite Athletes in the 10K will start at 7:07 a.m. THERE WILL BE NO CORRAL / WAVE STARTS IN THE 10K FOR NON-ELITE ATHLETES. 

Saturday, March 6, 2021
All Events Take Place at The Hoover Metropolitan Stadium
5:30 a.m. Race Day Packet Pick Up Opens 
6:30 a.m. Online Registration Closes
6:45 a.m. Packet Pick Up Closes 
6:45 a.m. 10K Start ELITE ATHLETES ONLY
7:07 a.m. 10K Start
7:30 a.m. 5K Start 
9:00 a.m. Awards Ceremony

Pre-Race Packet Pick Up

PLEASE NOTE: Pre-Race Day Packet Pick Up is for in-person events only. All virtual race packets will be mailed to participants the week of March 8, 2021, and will not be available for pick up during packet pick up hours. 

Thursday, March 4, 2021
Hoover Metropolitan Stadium
100 Ben Chapman Drive
Hoover, AL 35244
9:00 am - 7:00 pm 

Friday, March 5, 2021
Hoover Metropolitan Stadium
100 Ben Chapman Drive
Hoover, AL 35244
10:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Race Day Packet Pick Up

PLEASE NOTE: Race Day Packet Pick Up is for in-person events only. All virtual race packets will be mailed to participants the week of March 8, 2021, and will not be available for pick up during packet pick up hours. 

Saturday, March 6, 2021
5:30 a.m. - 6:45 a.m. 
Hoover Metropolitan Stadium 
100 Ben Chapman Drive 
Hoover, AL 35244

Race Day Parking

Participants MUST park at the Hoover Metropolitan Sports Complex in the designated areas, shown in red on the attached graphic, both at pre-race day packet pick up and on race day. No exceptions. 

Gear Bag Check

In an effort to maintain social distancing, Gear Bag Check will not be provided at this event. Participant parking is available at The Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, which is adjacent to the Start / Finish Line. Participants are encouraged to store their gear in their car. 

10K & 5K Finisher Medals

All 10K and 5K finishers will receive a custom finisher medal. New design for 2021 to be announced soon!  

1200 10K Finisher Medals and 500 5K Finisher Medals have been ordered.  The first 1200 registrants for the 10K and first 500 registrants for the 5K will be guaranteed a finisher medal on race day, or the week of March 8, 2021 if participating in the virtual event. If needed, we will place a second order of finisher medals and will ship medals via US Postal Service to those who did not receive one on race day, or the week of March 8, 2021.  This delivery may take up to 3 months following the event as lead times for medals is very large.

The first 1200 10K registrants will receive a pre-registered bib (color to be determined).  This color bib will alert the volunteers at the finish line of the pre-registered status which will allow a finisher medal.  The same process will be followed for the first 500 5K registrants.  Those registering as "late registrants" will receive a finisher medal by mail as described above.

10K Awards

OVERALL AWARDS

Top 5 Overall Male / Female
Top 3 Overall Masters Male / Female

Overall awards will include prize money in addition to great swag for the top 5 male and female finishers: 
1st: $1,000
2nd: $500
3rd: $400
4th: $300
5th: $200

NOTE: In order to qualify to win prize money you MUST be registered prior to the event as an ELITE ATHLETE and MUST start in the ELITE WAVE.  Overall awards will be based on chip time regardless of wave start, but all winners of overall prize money must come from the ELITE WAVE. Prize money awards are based on GUN TIME. 

Awards will include prize money in addition to great swag for the top 3 Masters male and female finishers:
1st: $400
2nd: $200
3rd: $100

NOTE: Masters prize money will be awarded regardless of corral. You do not need to be registered as an Elite Athlete to qualify for masters prize money. 

NOTE: Due to a wave start, overall and masters awards are based on CHIP TIME. 

NOTE: AWARDS WILL NOT ALLOW FOR "DOUBLE DIPPING" / CASH PRIZES WILL ALLOW FOR "DOUBLE DIPPING": For example, if you are a Masters male / female who places Top 5 Overall, you will be pulled out of the Masters category and will be awarded in the Overall category. However, you will take home cash prizes for BOTH your Overall placement AS WELL AS your Masters placement. 

AGE GROUP AWARDS

Top 3 Male / Female Age Group Awards: 

15 and Under, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

NOTE: Age Group awards are based on CHIP TIME. 

5K Awards

OVERALL AWARDS

Top 3 Overall Male / Female
Top 3 Overall Masters Male / Female

NOTE: Due to a wave start, overall awards are based on CHIP TIME. 

AGE GROUP AWARDS

Top 3 Male / Female Age Group Awards: 

10 and Under, 11-13, 14-16, 17-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

NOTE: Age Group awards are based on CHIP TIME. 

Virtual Awards 10K & 5K

OVERALL AWARDS 

Virtual 10K & 5K 
Top 3 Overall Male / Female

PLEASE NOTE: To be eligible for a virtual award, you must enter your finish time on the results portal by 11:59 pm March 7, 2021. Virtual awards will be shipped to winners the week of March 8, 2021. 

Click the RESULTS link below to view the Wine 10K Birmingham Results from 2020 and previous years

Wine 10K Results

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Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the ASPIRE Wine 10K & Benchmark First Responder 5K.

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.

Send-a-Cheer

  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
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