What distance is this race?

The Mayor’s Cup 5K race is 3.1 miles. 

What is the course for the race?

The race will begin and end at Government Plaza. 

Are walkers allowed?

Yes! Walkers are very welcome at the race. All we ask is that you obey the rules of the course and walk no more than two people abreast so that others may pass easily. Walkers will start at the same time as runners, but we ask that you please move toward the back of the pack.

Can I run with my dog?

There are no pets allowed on the race course. Service animals are permitted.

Can I run or walk with a baby jogger?

Baby joggers are allowed, but we ask that you start your race at the back of the pack.

Where do I pick up my registration packet, bib and t-shirt?

Packet pick-up will be held on Friday, April 25 from 11 AM – 7 PM and on race day from 7 AM - 7:50 AM at Government Plaza. On-site registration will also be available, but you will not be guaranteed a race shirt. Card, cash, or checks are the preferred form of payment for on-site registration.  This is a large race. To get your registration packet, bib number, performance t-shirt and a good parking spot, please plan to arrive at least one hour before the start of the race.

Can I run with headphones or ear buds?

Yes. However, for safety reasons, be aware of your surroundings on the race course.

Can I get a refund if I register but don't run?

Once you have registered, we cannot offer a refund. If, however, you register and do not run, you can transfer your registration to someone else or you may still pick up your race packet and performance t-shirt and join us in the fun.

Where should I park?

We encourage race participants and spectators to take advantage of the free parking at the Intermodal Facility parking deck. This parking deck has over 400 spaces and is located on 23rd Avenue between Gary Fitts(6th) and 7th St., just behind City Hall. Public street parking in Downtown Tuscaloosa is also available.

What is the inclement weather plan?

The race will continue as long as conditions are deemed safe for participants, volunteers and staff. If severe weather threatens, the following procedures will be followed:

Before the Event

If it is possible to adequately predict a severe weather event, announcements regarding cancellation will be made by as early as possible on the event day. Text 5KFORPREK to 888777 for text message alerts or check the City of Tuscaloosa social media changes for updates.

On the day of the 5k, the Tuscaloosa Mayor's Cup race director in conjunction with the Mayor's Cup committee members will decide if any changes will be made to the event due to weather. No refunds will be given if the event is cancelled due to severe weather.

Visible lightning will cause the 5k to be delayed for up to two hours or cancelled if by 10 a.m. visible lightning is still present.

Severe Weather Once on Site

After volunteers and spectators begin arriving at Government Plaza, any severe weather warnings issued by the National Weather Service, or in general, any life threatening condition will initiate a weather safety alert.

In the event of a weather safety alert, all participants in and around Governement Plaza will be directed to take shelter inside their vehicles or inside the Intermodal Facility. Participants and spectators along the course will be directed to abandon the course and to seek the nearest, most accessible shelter.


If there are any questions regarding this inclement weather plan, please contact the race at mayorscup@tuscaloosa.com.