Fundraising Events

Smile-A-Mile 5K

Saturday, September 11, 2021
Smile-A-Mile Place

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The Smile-A-Mile (SAM) 5K is our annual 5K and 1M Fun Run, hosted by the Junior Board of Directors, at Smile-A-Mile Place in downtown Birmingham! This is a family friendly event open to runners, walker and strollers, however, we encourage everyone to run as much as possible to help get streets re-opened in a timely manner.

For 2021, the SAM 5K will return to an in-person event at SAM Place. Post-race activities will be limited and social distancing will be encouraged. For those who are unable or do not wish to attend in-person, we have a virtual option so you can run, walk or stroll your own route while still supporting SAM.

Updates for 2021 SAM 5K and Fun Run
In response to the recent COVID spike in our community, we are making some adjustments to better ensure the health and safety of all participants, volunteers and staff.

  • Socially Distanced Start to 5K
  • No walk up registration – online registration will remain open on race day until 7:50 AM for the 5K and 8:50 AM for the Fun Run
  • Masks are encouraged while in the pre and post race areas

We will continue to monitor the situation and follow any local and/or state health guidelines in place at the time. All race day and COVID related details will be emailed to participants leading up to the run.


Registration Info

  • Individual 5K – $30
  • Virtual 5K – $30
  • 1M Fun Run – $20

Packet pick up will be at Smile-A-Mile Place – 1600 2nd Avenue S:
Thursday, Sept. 9th, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday, Sept. 10th, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Race Day – Saturday, Sept. 11th, 6:30 AM – 10:00 AM


  • Dove Release Honoring SAM Children
  • 5K Individual and Team Awards*
  • Fun Run Top Finisher Prizes* (14 yrs and younger)
  • Post-Race Food and Activities
  • Photo Booth

Schedule of Events

6:30am – Packet Pickup Opens
7:50am – 5K Registration Closes
7:55am – Dove Release
8:00am – 5k
8:50am – 1M Fun Run Registration Closes
9:00am – 1M Fun Run

Sponsorship Opportunities are available. Please contact us for more info.

*Awards are given for top 3 overall, top 3 by age and gender, and team awards. To qualify for individual awards, you must register to be chip timed. No participation medals are given to 5K or Fun Run participants.

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