CityFest 5K returning this year

The Alabaster CityFest 5K will return for its second year on the morning of the June 7 event. (Contributed)

The Alabaster CityFest 5K will return for its second year on the morning of the June 7 event. (Contributed)

By DREW GRANTHUM/Sports Editor

Before a single note gets played, ride starts up or prize gets one, the Alabaster CityFest will begin with its second-annual 5K Fun Run.

The race will begin at 8 a.m. on June 7, with the race’s start and finish line located at Larry Simmons Stadium, behind Thompson Intermediate School.

The cost to enter the event is $30 for adults, $20 for high school and middle school students and $15 for all children 12 and under. All registration before June 2 comes with a race packet, which includes a T-shirt to be handed out at the event.

On the day of the event, fees increase to $35 for adults, $25 for high school and middle school students and $20 for kids 12 and under.

Early packet pickup will take place on June 6 from 6-7 p.m. at Larry Simmons Stadium, behind Thompson Intermediate School, and late registration will take place at the same location from 7-7:30 a.m. the day of the event.

After the race the overall male, female Masters (runners 40-49 years old) and Grand Masters (runners 50 years of age and older), as well as the top three in the 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+ age brackets will be recognized. The race is also wheelchair and scooter friendly.

Race results will be posted trackshak.com and run42k.com.

The race will serve as the kickoff to the festival, which will be held at the Alabaster Municipal Park and will feature live outdoor concerts, games, vendors, kids’ activities and food. In addition, the festival will be headlined by alternative rock band Fuel and country music star Rodney Adkins.

To register for the event, visit active.com and search for “Alabaster CityFest.” For more information, email Gina McDonald at gina@ginamcdonaldlaw.com or Jamia Alexander-Williams at jamia_w@yahoo.com.