The city of Tuscaloosa will once again host hundreds of runners, joggers and walkers this Spring for the annual Mayor's Cup 5K.

As its name implies, the event was launched by Mayor Walt Maddox in 2007 to raise money for the then-fledgling Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative, which has since ballooned to near-universal availability.

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The Race has raised nearly $325,000 for preschoolers and will return this year on Saturday April 27th, 2024.

The race, presented by Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, will kick off at 8 a.m. within Government Plaza in the heart of downtown Tuscaloosa

The 5K is open to all ages, and timing chips attached to race bibs will be used to determine race results across age categories with awards to be given for those who place.

Registration opened Wednesday, offering the lowest prices available for a limited time. Signing up costs $20 until the end of February, $25 during the month of March, and $30 from April 1 to the day of the race.

As usual, registration and participation come with a race T-shirt and other swag, but participants must register by April 10 to guarantee receipt of a race shirt.

Learn more and sign up at and for more information about events coming to west Alabama, stay connected to the Tuscaloosa Thread.

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