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Rain won’t cancel Russell Forest Run

Published 12:17pm Friday, February 22, 2013

It is estimated that more than 330 people will hit the trails tomorrow morning for the fourth annual Russell Forest Run.

“It’s a rain or shine event,” said race organizer, Robert Gunn. “I feel pretty confident even if it rains we’ll be in good shape. The course is in pretty good shape.”

As previously reported in The Outlook, the event will feature a 5K and 10K race with all proceeds benefiting the Alexander City Schools Education Foundation.

“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.

Gunn said late registration will be available at the event.

“Registration will stay open until 45 minutes before the race,” Gunn said. “The registration will be open from 6-7 a.m. for the 10K and until 8 a.m. for the 5K.”

For those who have already registered, race packets for the both the 10K and 5K races will be available at the Discovery Center at Russell Crossroad from 4-6 p.m. today and tomorrow morning from 6-7 a.m. for the 10K and until 8 a.m. for the 5K.

The 10K will begin at 7:45 a.m. and the 5K will start at 8:45 a.m.

Catherine’s Market will open at 6 a.m. with coffee, muffins and cereal bars available for purchase, Gunn said.

Gunn said the race is a chip-timed event, with chips being attached to bibs and if a participant is running both races bibs must be changed between runs,

He said an awards ceremony will follow the 5K, and all participants are invited to the Stables for refreshments and fellowship post-races.

“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,” Gunn said. “People always seem to have a good time.”

Gunn said the after-race party will also feature keg-beer and a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar, and all members of the community are invited.

“We invite the community to come out, even if they’re not running to visit Russell Crossroads and cheer on the runners,” Gunn said. “We do this as a community event, and we want everyone to come out and have a good time with us.”

For more information on the races, visit or call 256-397-1019.

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