Tuscaloosa Mayor's Cup

5K for Pre-K


2020 Mayor’s Cup was Canceled due to COVID-19

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City made the tough decision to cancel the 2020 Mayor’s Cup. Mayor Maddox has a special message below for the sponsors and over 70% of registrants who opted to donate to the cause rather than receive a refund for the canceled race. Thank you for your support of pre-k in Tuscaloosa! We’ll see you for next year’s race on April 24, 2021.



During his 2005 inaugural address, Mayor Walt Maddox established the core belief that all academically at-risk four-year-old children deserve a highly effective pre-k education. Within weeks, Maddox and the City Council established the Pre-K Task Force representing stakeholders from across the community to investigate the feasibility of turning this belief into reality. The Task Force evolved into the Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative and now serves more than 470 at-risk preschool students.


The Mayor’s Cup is one of the most rewarding events I have been a part of as your mayor. It brings the community together, united in health and wellness, while supporting our children.  

Since the inaugural Mayor’s Cup in 2007, we've raised an astounding $295,000 to provide resources for at-risk preschoolers throughout the Tuscaloosa area. The Mayor's Cup is a simple, fun way for the entire community to get together and get involved in supporting education. With over 1,000 participants last year, we are making a difference with every stride we take.

The Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative, which focuses on 27 pre-k classrooms and more than 470 preschool students, is important to the educational growth in our community. Pre-k students are not only more prepared for kindergarten, but they also have higher rates of success throughout school. This gives at-risk children a base for a successful scholastic career.

Thank you for your continued support, and I look forward to seeing you at the 14th annual Mayor's Cup on April 25.

Mayor Maddox