Selma to Montgomery Relay Coming this Weekend
22 Mar, 2019
51-Mile Race Covers Symbolic Ground in Civil Rights Movement
Selma to Montgomery is among the most historical stretches of highway in the United States and site of a significant chapter in Civil Rights history. Now, the Walk Jog Run Club is hosting the 2019 Selma to Montgomery 51 Mile Relay on March 23, 2019 to commemoratethe 1965 march led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This marks the second edition of the road race promising to be the largest field yet. Starting in Selma, the route will begin at the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge and end at the Alabama State Capitol. Divisions for 2019 are Ultra teams with one to four runners, Regular teams with five to nine runners and a Cyclist division with transportation options available to take cyclists and their bikes tothe start.
“Last year over 500 participants and volunteers took part in the Selma to Montgomery Relay and we look forward to even more racers and volunteers taking part in this special day for2019,” shared Vergil Chames, cofounder of Walk Jog Run Club. “This race continues to put Montgomery and the state of Alabama on the participant sports map as we celebrate and honor those who took part in this historic Civil Rights milestone.”
Racers are encouraged to organize their team, appoint a captain to facilitate communication and planning with the organizers and relay updates to team members. Runners should be able to walk/run a 14-minute mile in order to complete the race in the allotted time-frame. Cyclists will abide by the same rules and deadlines as Regular and Ultra teams. Team and cycling pricing are available at www.selmatomontgomeryrelay.com. The registration deadline is March 3, 2019.
Volunteers are needed for this special event and can visit the website below for a waiver: www.selmatomontgomeryrelay.com/volunteers.
“We are thrilled for Montgomery to be the finish line of the historic Selma to Montgomery Relay and invite the community to cheer on these racers as they make their way up Dexter Avenue,” shared Dawn Hathcock, president of Destination MGM & Brand Development. “The post-race award ceremony, after party and church service will be memorable for all of us.”
For a complete race weekend schedule visit www.selmatomontgomeryrelay.com.
About Montgomery: Situated on the banks of the Alabama River, Montgomery is the capital and the second largest city in the state of Alabama. Established in 1819, Montgomery has been the site of major historic events which have shaped the history of the United States. Emerging from its agricultural roots in the 19th century, Montgomery transformed from the Cradle of the Confederacy to the birth place of the Civil Rights Movement in less than a century. Today, this vibrant river town is experiencing a resurgence which has seen its downtown revitalized and has reestablished itself as a landmark Deep South destination. Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) offers non-stop flights on Delta Airlines and American Airlines. For more information, call 334-261-1100 or visit the official website of the Montgomery Convention and Visitor Bureau at www.visitingmontgomery.com. Stay connected with Montgomery on Twitter (@MGMCapitalCool) and Facebook (@MontgomeryCapitalCool).