Magic City Half Marathon & 5K

Sunday, November 18, 2018 • Birmingham, AL • Course Map

A mostly flat — with a few hills sprinkled in — run awaits at Birmingham’s annual Magic City Half Marathon & Magic City 5K, which in its inaugural year went by the name of the Ruben Studdard Half Marathon, in honor of the former “American Idol” winner who got the race started back in 2011.

Today it’s part of an event-filled weekend that also features a fitness festival and a “Linn Park Lap” short run for families on the day of the race.

Both the Magic City Half Marathon and the 5K take runners through (mostly) flat streets of Birmingham, Ala., which got its nickname the “Magic City” thanks to its rapid industrialization in the first half of the 20th century, when it grew from a sleepy southern city into an iron and later a steel powerhouse, and was alongside Atlanta of the South’s most important industrial centers.

Runners in this November’s Magic City Half Marathon — 2018 marks the event’s 8th annual running, and is open to maximum of 1,500 entrants — follow an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at Birmingham’s Regions Park, on First Avenue South From there, runners head west and south, in the direction of Legion Field.

Once the site for the annual “Iron Bowl” football game between the University of Alabama Crimson Tide and Auburn University Tigers, Legion Field today is the home field for the University of Alabama-Birmingham’s Blazers.

Runners make their way past the aging 71,000-seat stadium on their way toward Bush Hills, where they turn right on 12th Street to head south toward Rickwood Field. The course heads through Rickwood Field along 2nd Avenue, and then takes runners back toward Legion Field, where they turn right on Graymont Avenue.

The next stretch of the race begins a long, gradual uphill ascent over the next few miles, past Railroad Park toward the Five Points South neighborhood, which is mixed in with the UAB campus.

Runners continue northeast and head through campus, running along the race’s only real rolling hills toward Avondale Park. They’ll do a quick out-and-back past the top end of the park along 5th Avenue, and then head back west toward 35th Street, where they’ll turn right and head north.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in central Alabama, about 250 miles northeast of Mobile and roughly 145 miles west of Atlanta, Ga., Birmingham typically sees November temperatures that average between 42°F and 65°F, while precipitation amounts average just over 4.6 inches for the month, making November the city’s sixth-wettest month of the year.

On race day (Nov. 18), the average low is 41ºF and the average high is 63ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Magic City Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 8:00 AM – half marathon
  • 8:10 AM – 5K


  • $75 – $100 for the half marathon
  • $30 – $50 for the 5K


To reserve your spot in the 2018 running of the Magic City Half Marathon & 5K, register online at here.

Official Race Website

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