Magic City Half Marathon & 5K

Sun November 1 - Tue December 1, 2020 RaceJoy Ready

Half Marathon

1,294 spots left. Registration ends November 30, 2020 at 11:59pm CST


1,198 spots left. Registration ends November 30, 2020 at 11:59pm CST
Magic City Half Marathon & 5K 2020 is Going VIrtual

Due to concerns over the current Covid-19 pandemic, and as a result of difficulties planning an event of this size due to the pandemic, we have made the heartbreaking decision to commit to a virtual option for the 2020 edition of the Magic City Half Marathon & 5K.  With commitments being needed at this point in the planning process, and in many cases even sooner, we are finding it more and more difficult to secure these commitments.  Investments in items like t-shirts, medals and police permits need to be made and we do not feel 100% confident the event will be allowed to proceed.  Thus, to avoid a huge financial loss for the event, we feel the virtual option is the best option for 2020 to ensure the continuation of this fall classic in 2021 and beyond.  

Registered athletes will have several options including :  1) Moving into the virtual event   2) A refund of entry fees paid or   3) A donation of your entry fee to Girls on the Run of Birmingham.  4) You may also defer your entry into 2021 for no fee.  Deadline to defer into 2021 is September 1, 2020.

Here Are Your Options:

We will transfer your registration to the 2021 event, and look forward to having you join us.  There will be no additional fees for you to participate in 2021 and you will get an email with a private registration link after we open registration for 2021. Thanks for your patience!

Virtual races happen all the time, and allow you to join the fun without the crowds. You simply run the distance on your own, and report your results - we’ll send you instructions on how to report your time and see where you stack up against the competition.  All virtual registrants will receive a race t-shirt and participant medal.

You understand that events are expensive, even when cancelled, and you want us to keep your registration fees to help cover our costs. We deeply appreciate your generosity and look forward to seeing you at an event soon.  We will be making a donation directly to Girls on the Run of Birmingham from everyone who is making this decision.

We understand. We hope you can join us next year.  Please give us a little bit of time to work through the process of refunding those who have chosen this option.

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

Regions Field is located in downtown Birmingham on 1st Avenue South. You may run your 2020 route anywhere you choose.

The 2020 edition of the Magic City Half Marathon, 5K and 1 Mile will be Virtual.  All registered athletes in any of the distances will receive a race t-shirt and finishers medal.  You may collect these during our socially distanced packet pick up or you may elect to have these items mailed to you for a small fee.  

NOTE: All registrations after November 20, 2020 will have their medals and shirts mailed.  This shipping fee is included in the price after that date.  Registration has been extended until November 30, 2020.

Are you ready to race the Magic City?  We are ready for you and invite you to join us at one of the premier half marathon events in the South.  This 13.1 mile / 5K / 1 mile  event is the second largest half marathon event in Alabama and the state's most iconic fall running event.  Welcome to Birmingham and we can't wait to see you at Regions Field on November 22, 2020 for the 10th Running of the Magic City Half Marathon & 5K.

Over the first nine years our event weekend has been the fastest growing half marathon and 5K in the South! And with perfect running conditions, great swag and tons of excitement on and off the courses, we expect even bigger growth in 2020!  As and added bonus the 2020 event will offer a two person relay option!

Our events benefit the Ruben Studdard Foundation for the Advancement of Children in the Music Arts and Girls on the Run of Birmingham.

The Magic City Half Marathon Weekend features great swag, post-race craft beer, one of the coolest finisher medals you will find, and of course a fantastic run in the heart of Birmingham.

The marquee running events include The Magic City Half Marathon and 5K as well as the mile fun run / walk for all ages!

All running events will take place in Downtown Birmingham around Regions Field – home of the Birmingham Barons.


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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 Magic City Half Marathon & 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.


  • 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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