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Red Shoe Run is an annual celebration of family, fundraising and awareness for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama.
The fan favorite theme is back for another year as our "Rockin’ 5K" and we encourage runners to wear a fun costume! There will be an award for the best costume.
Both! We encourage runner and walkers of all abilities to participate.
Yes, participants may transfer from the virtual event to the in-person event (and vice versa) until midnight Sunday, April 18th, 2021. No exceptions beyond this date.
Yes, the timing chip is located on the backside of your bib number for all 5K participants. On race day, all in-person 5K participants' race time will be recorded. Times will be available online and in-person participants will be eligible for awards.
Our socially distanced starting line will be based on estimated finish times for our in-person 5K participants and will begin in small group waves - see details for your estimated time here. The 1-mile starting line will be socially distanced and begin at the same time.
Please view our graphic here to determine your time to report to the warm up area and then to the starting line.
Red Shoe Run: Rockin' 5K t-shirt, entry into the race, and post-race refreshment (water, fruit, and granola bar).
For all in-person participants: Red Shoe Run: Rockin' 5K t-shirt and race bib. The race bib must be worn on the front t-shirt on the day of the race. For all virtual participants: Red Shoe Run: Rockin' 5K t-shirt. Be on the lookout for a virtual race packet to include important race details - this will be sent via email.
For all in-person participants, curbside packet pick up will be offered on Thursday, 4/22 and Friday, 4/23 at RMHCA (1700 4th Ave S.) 11am-6pm and is highly encouraged to help RMHCA minimize crowd congestion on race day. For all virtual participants registered by 4/18, the race packet will be mailed on 4/19. If you register after 4/18, your packet will be mailed on 4/26.
Post race refreshments will include water, fruit, and granola bars. These will be individually packaged to provide a contact-less experience.
Runner safety is a top priority. Please be alert and mindful of race personnel and other participants to ensure a safe and enjoyable race for everyone.
Yes, but please start in the back of the runners and walkers. If you are participating with strollers and/or children, we ask that you keep your children with you at all times, and that you start from the back of the "RUN 35 minutes & Walkers". This will allow your family members, and our other participants, a safer race experience. We ask that all persons (including children) who participate in the 5K or Fun Run be a registered participant. A registered participant has paid the registration fee and a waiver has been signed on their behalf. The only exception would be a baby that remains in a stroller for the duration of the 5K or Fun Run.
Red Shoe Run: Rockin' 5K will occur rain or shine, warm or cold. We reserve the right to cancel in extreme circumstances. In that event, there will be no refunds, rather, your entry fee will be used as a donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama.
Arrive early! Limited parking is available at various parking lots near Homewood. We strongly encourage carpooling! The "RUN 35 minutes & Walkers" category will begin promptly at 7:55am. Please refer to our graphic here to identify your start time (based on estimated finish time).
Yes! Overall and age group awards will be presented for participants with a timing chip (in-person participants).