Seventh annual Russell Forest Run
set for February 27, 2016
10K 7:45am CST
5K 7:55am CST
"The Russell Forest Run gives runners a different look from the traditional, flat-street run," said race organizer, Robert Gunn. "The course, constructed of clay, sand, and gravel, was designed for electric cars and bicycles and is much softer and more forgiving than asphalt. The comments that I received from people who had never seen the Russell Forest or Russell Crossroads, were very complimentary."
"My friends and I have been coming from Birmingham the past three years to run this race. I run several races around Alabama and have run several in the Carolinas, and the Russell Forrest Run is hands down my favorite. In fact, most of the friends that come with me are not runners at all, but have such a good time that they run it every year. The Russell Forest is beautiful, and we love the course and the after-party. Check in is easy, and I appreciate the fact that you have packet pickup on Saturday before the race because it is virtually impossible for us to get to Alex City before 5 on Friday. I do not have any complaints and don't think you should change a thing! We will be back next year!"
— Kristen W., Birmingham
"I would say that the Russell Forest Run 10K was one of the best organized races I have been in and seen. As a race director myself, I look for things most runners do not. Everything from email communications, parking, registration, packet pickup, restrooms being available to starting on time, the course being well marked, plenty of volunteers on the course in case there was an emergency. And, do I need to say anything about the after party? Having your results ready when you get there, the food was great and the awards were done in a timely manner. Great job on putting on a well-run event."
— Glenn, Birmingham, AL
"We enjoyed the race for the fourth straight year. It's one of our must-do races each year. Thanks for an awesome event."
— Beth, Wetumpka, AL
"Excellent race. I'm from Michigan and found the course extremely challenging (not used to the hills) and very beautiful. Thanks for the great memory."
— Paul, Trenton, MI
"The laid back feel of Russell Crossroads with its town green, Catherine’s Market, SpringHouse, The Stables and the Discovery Center are so inviting that people just loved being here," Gunn continued. "The run is for a very good cause, The Alexander City Schools Education Foundation, where last year we were able to give $10,000 for use in the local schools. And it gives us a chance to expose even more people to the Russell Forest, Russell Crossroads, and ultimately Russell Lands On Lake Martin."