Shades Mountain Baptist Church

Urban Purpose 5k

URBAN PURPOSE 5K & Kids Mess Fest • COMING FALL 2014!

Urban Purpose serves the homeless, poor, broken and needy in Birmingham, AL. This race is hosted by Shades Mountain Baptist Church and runs through the beautiful rolling hills in the neighborhoods behind the church (it starts and finishes at our Pavillion). The Kid's Mess Fest will take place on our field, behind the Pavillion. There will be water games, slip-n-slides, and inflatables for kids. Be sure they wear swimsuits - it's sure to be messy and festive! 

  • To register as a participant in the event or to show your support, visit 

  • To volunteer to help plan the event or serve on race day, register here.

Prizes are awarded as follows

  • Male and Female overall winners 
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in the following age group divisions for men and women:
    • 14 and under, 15-19
    • 20-24, 25-29
    • 30-34, 35-39
    • 40-44, 45-49
    • 50-54, 55-60, 60+

If you would like to further support Urban Purpose

  • Bring a snack bag donation item on packet pickup or race day. Appropriate items include: multi-packs of peanut butter crackers or cheese crackers, granola bars, juice boxes, individual apple sauce or fruit cups, peanuts or small bottles of water (all non-perishable). These will be packed in ziploc bags and given to the homeless as meals are served on Sunday. 

check out the 5k route here.

Event schedule and times (Coming Soon)

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For previous race results, click here.