Sunday, October 1, 2023 in Birmingham, AL
In its sixth year of operation, The BHM26.2 Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, and Fun Run is the first of its kind in Alabama, the only charitable race series that commits 100% of its earnings to Magic Moments; a local Alabama children’s wish-granting charity.
Accompanied by only one “major” hill throughout, the BHM13.1 is largely a rolling course on pavement with only 214m of total elevation gain, suitable for fast PRs; In fact, it’s noted as the 6th fastest course in Alabama!
As the entire half marathon course resides within the Birmingham Metro area, runners can expect to see all that there is to see of the Magic City, inclusive of museums, historical monuments, bustling restaurants, and park greenery.
Sharing the same starting line as the full marathon, the BHM13.1 half marathon course begins on Valleydale Road in Veterans Park, first journeying runners through the Magic City of downtown Birmingham – a city known for its steep history and growing entertainment culture.
From there, runners jump on Inverness Parkway as they journey through Homewood and Mountain Brooke, capturing picturesque scenery of landmarks like the Hoover Inverness Nature Park located just after the 5k mark.
The race then leads runners back toward the finish line as they re-enter Valleydale Road at the halfway mark. Finally, runners turn onto Jaguar Drive; their final stop before finding themselves back in Veterans Park.
One of the most highly-attended races in Birmingham and all of Alabama for that matter, the half marathon alone has over 2,000 annual participants, nearly selling out its 2,500 participant cap.
With water and Powerade stations every two (2) miles and medical stations both at the start line and midway point, runners are welcome to carry with them what they think they’ll need during the race. Both the marathon and the half marathon share a cut-off time of six (6) hours.
Finally, while there are no cash incentives for top finishers as this is a charity event, runners can expect to celebrate with a finisher’s medal, an inclusive post-race meal and beverage, and entertainment at the official BHM26.2 after-party!
- 2022 BHM 26.2 and 13.1 Race Results
- 2021 BHM 26.2 and 13.1 Race Results
- 2020 BHM 26.2 and 13.1 Race Results
- 2019 BHM 26.2 and 13.1 Race Results
Race Weather & Climate
Set in the central part of the state, only 10 miles from the state’s capital of Birmingham, the city of Hoover typically sees mild to cool weather conditions in the mid-fall season, as well as ample rainfall. In Hoover, temperatures average between 55ºF and 75ºF, while rainfall totals average just over 3 inches for the month.
On race day October 1, the average low is 61ºF and the average high is 75ºF.
See the race route map for the BHM26.2 Marathon and BHM13.1 Half Marathon course map here.
The half marathon start time is 7:00AM CT.
To reserve your spot in the 2024 running of the 2024 BHM26.2 Marathon and Half Marathon, you can use the registration link here.
Half Marathon Fees
There is a $65.00 fee for the half marathon.