Tuscaloosa Mayor's Cup

5K for Pre-K

Whether you run, walk or ride in a stroller, we all win the Tuscaloosa Mayor’s Cup!

Now in its 12th year, the 5k has raised more than $247,000 for the Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative.


Huge thanks to the 1,200 people who signed up to make a difference for Tuscaloosa pre-k! Also, let's give a hand to our sponsors! You all are so generous and make Tuscaloosa the wonderful place that it is.


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, supporting our children.  

For 2018, we have joined forces with the Tuscaloosa Half Marathon with the goal of hosting the biggest race day in Tuscaloosa. This partnership should bring even more of us together, while raising awareness and funds for organizations that make our city great.  

Since the inaugural Mayor’s Cup in 2007, we've raised an astounding $247,000 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 a 1,500 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 12th annual Mayor's Cup on March 24.

Mayor Maddox