Welcome to the 2017 Edition of the Vulcan Run!
This is the 43rd running of this Birmingham classic 10k. What started as the Bicentennial Run in November 1975 with 221 runners has grown into one of the most popular road races in the Southeast with more than1500 runners in recent years. Join the Birmingham Track Club as we host the Vulcan Run 10k. This year's 10k event is again the RRCA Alabama State 10k Championship Race.
How About a Contest?
We love seeing where the BTC takes you on your travels – we’ve seen BTC shirts in the Artic, Japan and at least a dozen island nations...BTC mugs on the beach and hats in the mountains. Let’s have a little fun and see how far the BTC can go this summer!
Do you need a little extra motivation to keep running during those hot summer months? Then join the Birmingham Track Club as we host the Sizzling Summer 5k Challenge.
We've made special arrangements with four, 5k races, one each in June, July, August, and September, to create this special Challenge.
June 17, 2017 - Fultondale, Al
Trak Shak Twilight 5k Retro Run
July 29, 2017 - Homewood, AL
Just a Call Away 5k
August 19, 2017 - Birmingham, AL
St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer
September 23, 2017 - Birmingham, AL
RootsRated, the outdoor activity guide website, recently named the BTC one of the best running groups in Alabama.
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No matter your age, sex, size or skill level, this calculator can estimate how fast you’d run 26.2 miles based on your training regimen and your performance in just one recent race (or two, if you want a more fine-tuned assessment). Have a marathon coming up? Your predicted time can help you pace yourself so you don't bonk.
To submit a race to the BTC Race Calendar, simply fill out this easy form.
The BTC has an amazing group of members, so we would like to recognize your accomplishments.
We are starting a new feature in the monthly newsletter called "Feets of Strength" which will allow us to showcase your running-related achievements. Tell us about your recent 5K, your longest training run, your amazing PR, your awesome trail run, your latest obstacle race, etc. If it's running-related, we want to know about it!
Simply fill out the short form at the link below.
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.
It's summer and that means trips to the Gulf Coast beaches!
But, runners still need to run, even on vacation.
Check out our guide to the running trails of the Gulf Coast.
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.
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