News and Announcments
The BTC will yet again host the most amazing social of the year at the Vulcan Park on Saturday, August 1st. This event will have awesome food, great music, and amazing door prizes. The event is kid friendly with a bouncy house to keep them entertained and a free kid’s fun run with a Vulcan finisher dog tag to showcase to friends and family.
1. Couch to 10K
Coach Danny Haralson will lead first time 10K runners to the finish line!
2. Achieve Your PR
Coach Alex Morrow will get you to the finish line faster than ever!
3. Earn Elite
Coach Cary Morgan will help runners wanting to break 42:00 at this year's Vulcan Run 10K.
Vulcan Run 10K is offering something new this year: Team Competition.
There will be 3 types of Teams:
- Co-Ed: Must have at least 1 member of the opposite gender on the team, all 5 must complete the 10K
- All Male: 5 Male members of the team must sign up and complete the 10K
- All Female: 5 Female members of the team must sign up and complete the 10K
Hydration is important at all times of the year. Want to stay hydrated but dislike carrying a water bottle? Don't want to set out water along your route? Check out this map showing some of the water fountains and water coolers in Birmingham and the Over the Mountain area.
Every year the BTC picks a fall race as a target for all of our summer training. This year we are pleased to announce that we will be targeting the 7 Bridges Full & the 4 Bridges Half Marathon on October 18th in Chattanooga.
Join the BTC Saturday Morning Long Run Group as we train for the full or half marathon.
Training for the full marathon begins Saturday, June 13; training for the half marathon begins Saturday, June 27.
The BTC Triple Crown Half Marathon Challenge is back for another year!
We have included 2 different races in our schedule this year. Our first stop is a brand new race right here in Birmingham, the Whistlestop Half on 9/26. We then travel to Chattanooga for the 4 Bridges Half Marathon on 10/18 (in conjunction with the 7 Bridges Marathon). Finally, we come back to town for our now traditional final race, the Magic CIty Half on 11/23.
You may run the 7 Bridges Marathon in Chattanooga (instead of the 4 Bridges Half) and still qualify for the Triple Crown.
Sign up for the Triple Crown to receive an awesome shirt and medal. Last year we had 74 BTC members successfully complete the challenge. Let's top that this year!
Reminders: (1) You must be a BTC member to participate. Join now! (2) You must still register for each race on your own.
1. Whistlestop Half Marathon -- www.team-magic.com/events/56 in Irondale, AL, on September 26th (15% off registration until June 30th, 10% off from then until race day for BTC Members).
2. 4 Bridges Half Marathon -- www.sevenbridgesmarathon.com in Chattanooga, TN, on October 18th (15% discount to BTC Members).
3. Magic City Half Marathon -- www.magiccityrun.com in Birmingham, AL on November 23rd (10% discount to BTC Members) .
For more information, click the link below.
Tuesday Night Trails is back for its 4 season! Hangout with Alabama Outdoors every Tuesday night from March 31st to October 27 for a series of group trail runs at Red Mountain Park.
As the popularity of running continues to grow, so does the number of events held each year around the country. This is a good thing for our sport; however, as with all growth industries, there are inevitably going to be a few bad apples that can spoil a barrel, as the old saying goes.
As more and more events are launched, the RRCA Board of Directors offers the following advice to help runners intelligently pick events, especially if you are looking for a great out-of-town event to run that also happens to be a new event.
In the interest of promoting an enjoyable running and racing experience for everyone, the Road Runners Club of America encourages good runners’ etiquette. Whether running in a group or running alone, always follow the RRCA Safety Guidelines.
Whatever the pace, wherever the race, manners matter.
Do you enjoy reading The Vulcan Runner, the official newsletter of the BTC?
Well, now you can go back and enjoy past issues dating back to 2008 -- even if you're not a BTC member.
Visit the Newsletter Archive.
Active BTC members can access the most recent issues of the newsletter HERE. (Use the login and password sent to the email used for BTC registration)
Want to join the BTC or renew your membership? Click HERE.
To help educate and remind all runners to run safe, the RRCA is embarking on a yearlong, public-safety, awareness campaign starting with the launch of the animated video developed by Space Chimp Media.
Active members of the Birmingham Track Club are entitled to a variety of discounts at local retailers. We encourage you to patronize these establishments and to give back to the business community which supports runners!
Click the link to show or download your BTC MEMBERSHIP CARD.
Discount details can be found HERE.