The Mercedes-Benz Marathon is a certified course and a Boston Marathon qualifier. All qualifying results are sent directly to the Boston Marathon.
Minimum 16 years old on race day, February 13, 2022. Under 18 requires a parent or legal guardian to sign participation waver.
For the full marathon your PR finishing time must be at least 2:35 for men and 3:05 for women, achieved within the last two years.
If you are not a US Citizen, you must have a Federal Tax ID Number. If you are a US Citizen, you may present a Federal Tax ID number or your US Social Security number. We do NOT accept any Elite Runners who do not have one of these.
For more information or for an Elite Runner Application please contact Kyle Putman at [email protected].
Registrations are non transferable, non refundable and cannot be deferred. Event insurance is available for purchase, but can ONLY be purchased at the time of your registration.
To switch from the full marathon to the half or vice versa email [email protected]. If switching from the half to the full you must pay the difference in registration fees, but no fees will be returned for switching from the full to the half before February 6. If you need to make changes at our Expo that will include a service fee.
Online registration March 1 – September 7, 2021: $80
Online registration September 8 – December 31, 2021: $100
Online registration January 1 – February 10, 2022: $110
Race Weekend Expo and Online Registration February 11-12: $120
NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION
Participant cap of 700 for the marathon.
Training schedules and details on course preview runs and Birmingham weekly runs coming soon.
Present a photo ID and your race number at the Expo at Boutwell Auditorium Friday, February 11 or Saturday, February 12. No race day packet pickup. Your timing device is attached to your race bib and your bib must be worn to participate.
Baby joggers/strollers, in-line skates, bicycles, unauthorized vehicles and unregistered runners are prohibited on the course. No pets or smoking on course. Any participant breaking one of these rules will be removed from the course, disqualified and will not receive the finishers’ amenities.
Bag check is available for all participants who want to leave their clothing or other non valuable items in a secure, checked area during the race. Bag check is located on the east side entrance of Boutwell Auditorium between the Auditorium and the Birmingham Museum of Art. You will see volunteers ready to help you. All items must be contained in a CLEAR PLASTIC BAG. We will provide those if you don’t have one. Bag Check will close promptly at 1:30 p.m. All items not picked up will be donated to a local homeless shelter. Please know that our volunteers and staff can not be held responsible for any valuables left in your bag.
Full Marathon – 6 hour time limit (must maintain a consisent pace of approximately 13:44 minutes per mile)
The famous “Balloon Lady” will be on the course as the official last finisher of the full marathon and will be walking at a 6-hour pace. Any full marathoner or relay team who is behind her when the course splits will be directed onto the half marathon course and will receive a half marathon medal and finish line amenity; and relay teams will be disqualified. Please familiarize yourself with the The Split. This is the location on the course where the course splits from the half marathoners so you can continue onto the second loop. Staying in front of our “Balloon Lady” is extremely important to ensure the safety of all our participants. If you are behind her at about mile 20 our security/police officers must remove you from the course due to the course closing. The Birmingham Police are adamant about this rule with no exceptions.
Pacers will be provided for the following finishing times: 3:15, 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, and 4:45 and 5:00. You are encourage to line up according to your pace to help flow of traffic. Email to [email protected] for more information about pacing.
It is very important that you understand how the course has a “Split” so the full marathon and relay marathon participants can continue on the double loop course. Beginning at approximately mile 11 the street lanes will be coned off separating the half marathon runners from the full and relay marathon runners. Please pay attention and be aware of which side of the street you should be on. The Full and Relay marathoners need to keep to the right side of the street to stay on the correct course to begin your double loop. The half marathoners need to be on the left side of the street headed to the finish line.
Race bags contain a short sleeved, gender-specific technical shirt, gifts from our sponsors, and special offers from partners, local and national businesses. Marathon finishers receive our classic Mercedes-Benz ornamental medal and two custom finisher’s gifts designed anew annually.
Our Post Race Party will feature live music, barbecue from Jim ’N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, beer, Coke, Dasani, BodyArmor, and massages. Food and festivities are included in your race entry fee, however, additional meal tickets may be purchased for friends and family for $10 per person. IDs will be checked for alcohol.
Post race party plans may be altered to meet COVID-19 safety protocols and will be announced in advance of race weekend.
Seven fully staffed and equipped fluid stations will be on our double loop course. BodyArmor, water, petroleum jelly and ibuprofen will be available at each stop. Clearly marked miles and digital clocks will be at the beginning of each mile. Toilets will be available at every water station. Other items and course support such as fruit, cookies, cheerleaders, live entertainment and more can be found all along the course. GU will be provided at approximate miles 4, 8, 11, 17, 21, 24.
Emergency personnel with the city of Birmingham and Ascension St. Vincent’s Health System will be on call. Medical stations will be available throughout the course and at the start and finish line. If you have medical concerns related to the courses or to your personal situation, please inform the race staff by writing any necessary medical information on the back of your race number and leaving an emergency contact number on your entry form. Call 911 if you or anyone along the course needs emergency assistance.
Overall cash winners are not eligible for age division awards. CASH PRIZES are determined by GUN TIME. If you think you may be a contender for an overall cash award then we suggest you cross the start line timing pad as soon as possible. Age division awards will be scored and determined based on Marathon Chip Time NOT Gun time.
Double dipping is allowed. Please contact [email protected] for Prize Purse Information.
Awards are given to the top three male and female finishers in each of the following age divisions: 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 and over.
Awards ceremony plans may be altered to meet COVID-19 safety protocols and will be announced in advance of race weekend.
The awards ceremony will take place in Boutwell Auditorium at the Post Race Party. The approximate times of the announcements are:
11:00 -11:30 am – Marathon Overall Winners will be announced
1:00 – 1:30 pm – Marathon Age Group Winners will not be announced. They will be posted and you can pick up your award during this time in the stage area.
If you cannot stay to pickup your award, we’ll be happy to mail your award. Shipping cost is $12. Please contact us at [email protected] If you’re local, the awards will be at the Homewood Trak Shak store beginning post race Wednesday and will remain there for two weeks.
Eliud Ngetich, USA
Gisela Olalde, Mexico