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Spots still open for Russell Forest Run

Published 12:17pm Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Russell Forest Run is Feb. 23, and registration is under way.

“We have had 95 register so far,” said race organizer Robert Gunn. “We’re ahead of schedule from last year. Our registration has been coming in pretty steady.”

As previously reported in The Outlook, the event will be held 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.

“Right now we’ve ordered enough T-shirts to fit 600 runners split between the 5K and 10K,” Gunn said. “They are not split quite evenly, but pretty evenly.”

Gunn said although they might run out of T-shirts, they will not run out of registration spaces.

“The earlier people register, the better the chance that they’ll get a shirt,” Gunn said. Gunn said the after-race party has also become one of runner’s favorite parts of the event.

“We’ll have our ever-famous Bloody Mary bar at the post-race event,” Gunn said. “We try to make it a lot of fun. We have live music and our grits bar, which has become very famous far and wide. People always seem to have a good time.”

As previously reported in The Outlook, the forest run benefits the Alexander City Education Foundation and raised $10,000 last year.

“The big thing is this is a fundraiser for the Alexander City Schools Education Foundation,” Gunn said. “We want as many participants as possible so we can give even more money to the foundation than we did last year.

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