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Register early to ensure shirt for Russell Forest Run Run

Published 11:23am Saturday, January 12, 2013

Registration is now open for the fourth annual Russell Forest Run.

“We’ve already had people register from as far a way as Kentucky,” said race organizer Robert Gunn.

The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Russell Forest and will feature a 5K and 10K race.

“The cost for the 5K is $20 and includes a cotton short-sleeve T-shirt,” Gunn said. “The 10K is $40 and includes a long-sleeve high performance running shirt.”

Gunn said there is not a discount for registering early, but shirts will be provided on a first-come first-served basis.

The 10K race begins at 7:45 a.m. and the 5K begins at 8:45 a.m.

Gunn said both races offer runners a different view than traditional street races.

“The course, constructed of clay, sand and gravel, was designed for electric cars and bicycles and is much softer and more forgiving than asphalt,” Gunn said. “The comments I received from people who have never seen the Russell Forest or Russell Crossroads were very complimentary.”

Gunn said the after-race party has also become one of runner’s favorite parts of the event.

“We try to make it a lot of fun,” Gunn said. “We have live music and our grits bar, which has become very famous far and wide. People always seem to have a good time.”

Gunn said last year the races had 360 total runners and raised $10,000 for the Alexander City Education Foundation.

“Every year we increase number of participants, which is great. It allows us to be able to give more money to Alexander City Education Foundation,” Gunn said. “Hopefully this year we can make a larger donation.”

For more information or to register for the Russell Forest Run, visit their website at or call 256-397-1019.

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