Saturday, Jan 21, 2023

Thrift Store 50K and Half Marathon

200 Terrace Dr, Pelham, AL 35124

Pelham, AL Thrift Store 50K, Thrift Store Half Marathon, Thrift Store 10K

This Event Took Place Sat. Jan 21, 2023

Thrift Store 50K, Half Marathon & 10K

There’s a twist to this race that will test runners’ bargain hunting skills. Except for their favorite pair of socks and shoes, each runner will be required to outfit their entire race kit, nutrition, and pack from their local thrift store. (Shirt, shorts, jacket, gloves, water bottle, fluids etc) The cost of these items cannot exceed $20 total. It can be done. Be selective in your choices and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Necessary undergarments will be allowed, but kudos to those who stay hard and go with the bargain brazier.

Packet Pickup

Packet pickup will be available starting at 7:00 the day of the race.

Race Information

The 50K and Half Marathon will start promptly at 8:00 from the Red Bud Pavilion by the BMX track. Both races will start simultaneously. The 10K will start at 8:15 giving the other runners time to clear the course. The course will be beginner friendly and will feature some rarely used trails and some of the prettier sections of the park. All 50K and Half Marathon runners will run the same 13.1 mile course before coming back to Red Bud for the finish or to refuel. This portion of the course will average around 100 ft of climbing per mile. Outside of two sections, the course will be very runnable.
The 50K runners will leave out of Red Bud after the first 13.1, and hit the eastern and southern portions of the park and will finish along the same last 2.5 miles of the original 13.1 course. Note this section is mainly downhill and fun.

How does this work again?

You have until now and race day to head out to your favorite or soon to be favorite thrift store. You will need to buy everything there that you'll need to race. That means shirt, shorts, hat, gloves, pack, food, drink, and drink holder. All of these purchases need to be under $20. You can wear your own shoes, socks, and necessary undergarments, but kudos if you want to go hard core.

Is this really necessary to participate? No, but come on. There's a ton of races out there where you can sport your latest Salomon Race Kit, but let's have some fun and get a little weird.


Prizes unique to the Thrift Store Life will be award to first place female and male for both races. There will also be some unique thrift store awards given out to deserving participants.

Aid Stations

Aid Stations will consist of water only every 4-6 miles. Please note, no nutrition will be available at the aid stations. You’re still responsible for hauling your Thrift Store calories with you. 50K runners will have a chance to come back by the start at mile 13 to access your own gear bag.

Event's current local time: 2:06 PM CT


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