Meadow Brook Runs adds more attractions

HOOVER – The patriotic and holiday themes will continue at the 23rd annual Meadow Brook Runs.

The event, which has become a favorite of runners because of the large number of prizes from sponsors and other attractions, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16, with USAmeriBank off U.S. 280 (1100 Corporate Parkway, Birmingham) again serving as race headquarters.

On the day of the race, late registration and packet pickup will be held from 7:30-8:45 a.m., and the 5K (3.1 mile) race begins at 9 a.m.

The 1-mile Fun Run starts at 10 a.m., and the awards ceremony and prize drawings are at 10:30 a.m.

Walkers and pets on a leash are welcome.

Race organizer Bob Cosby said construction along the traditional route has forced some changes, but the routes still center around the scenic Meadow Brook Corporate Park lakes.

There will be signs and course monitors keeping runners on the route, Cosby said.

The entry fee is a voluntary tax-deductible contribution to “The Jesus Video Project of Alabama,” a non-profit organization dedicated to “sharing the good news.”

A $15-$25 minimum donation is suggested, and a T-shirt is guaranteed for all who register by Dec. 8.

Pre-registration can be completed by visiting MeadowBrookRuns.org then clicking on the “CLICK TO REGISTER” link in the upper left corner of the page.

Late registration can be completed on race day, but no T-shirt is guaranteed and participants would need to bring cash or checks.

The event will include many attractions, including a World War I Centennial Remembrance.

“1917 is the year that the United States entered World War I, and most of us don’t have a focus on World War I,” Cosby said. “There’s not been nearly as much done about World War I, and here it is the centennial year.”

The Hoover Fire Department will also use a ladder truck to display a Ceremonial Garrison Flag, and the Blue Star Salute Foundation Inc. of Alabama will present the Faces of the Price of Freedom exhibit, which features pictures of the 218 military personnel from Alabama who died since the 9/11 terror attacks.

The event will also include “A Taste of 280” with food available from Baumhower’s, Bud’s Best Cookies, Buffalo Rock, Chef Bob Evans, Chick-fil-A, Cowboy Chicken, Firehouse Subs, Full Moon Bar-B-Que, Golden Flake, Jason’s Deli, Jimmy John’s, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, Magic City Daylight Donuts, Panera Bread, Papa John’s Pizza, Pastry Art Bake Shoppe, Smoothie King, Starbuck’s and The Fresh Market.

Each participant will receive a bag filled with items donated by sponsors, and there will also be a drawing for other prizes.

Prizes to be awarded during the drawing include: a stay at Aloft Birmingham SOHO, admission to the Honda Indy Gran Prix at Barber Motorsports, admission to the Regions Tradition at Greystone Country Club, admission to the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament, gift cards to local restaurants, Santa Fe Day Spa Swedish Massage and many more.

“I try to make it so attractive that people can’t afford to stay home,” Cosby said.