Salvation Army to host 5K Red Kettle Run

By EMILY REED / Special to the Reporter

MONTEVALLO – The Salvation Army of Shelby County in partnership with Gym Time in Alabaster is gearing up to host its first 5K Red Kettle Run and One Mile Fun Run April 29 in Montevallo.

“The purpose of the race will serve as a fundraiser for the various programs the Salvation Army offers,” said Salvation Army Capt. Rufus McDowell. “This run is also serving as an extension of our Red Kettle program, which is held during the Christmas season.”

The 5K will be held at the University of Montevallo’s Track and Field Complex on the cross-country course, and the Fun Run will be located on the track portion of the complex.

McDowell said throughout the 5K there will be red kettles placed at each mile marker of the course, so race participants are encouraged to place change in the kettles while running.

“We thought it would be fun for people to put money in the kettles while they are racing,” McDowell said. “Even if people simply want to walk the race, they can. This is for any age, and anyone that wants to either walk or run.”

McDowell said the Salvation Army provides food and utility assistance and community programs to those living in both Shelby and Chilton counties.

“We are able to do this because of the generosity of the members in our community,” McDowell said. “The money collected from the race will go to help people that are in need of food, clothing, and other necessities, as well as funds to help with disaster relief throughout Alabama.”

The Alabaster location, off Plaza Circle, also provides emergency utility cost assistance, local activities for youth, and more.

The race is a time-sanctioned event, and prizes will be awarded to those with the fastest times. Each race participant will receive a free T-shirt with the 5K registration.

Registration for the 5K will be until April 28, with a $30 registration fee and $35 the day of the race.

There is a $10 registration fee for those participating in the Fun Run.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the 5K beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the Fun Run beginning immediately after the completion of the 5K.

McDowell said there will be a bounce house for children, and water and refreshments will be available.

“This is a good time for people to learn more about the Salvation Army, as well as have a good time with their family,” McDowell said. “Even if people do not want to run, they can still donate to the Salvation Army.”

To sign up for the event, visit

For more information about the event, contact McDowell at 663-7105 or