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5th Annual
Forging Families 5K/10K and 1 Mile Fun Run / Walk

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2023 Race Day Pictures -- Lamar Smith
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Flat fast and ready for you!  This course is built for a PR and a very spectator-friendly route.  Bring your cheer squad and experience beautiful Columbiana!  Come for the race, stay for the small-town charm.

The race begins and ends at the Shelby County Arts Council, which offers plenty of parking, and ample green space for before and after the race.  The City of Columbiana gives us access to the Grande Hall which means you'll have a warm place before and after the race.


Last year we had 192 registered participants, and most importantly, $10,868 donated to Sacred Selections from this event!  Let's pass both of those totals this year.   

Check out the tabs above for course maps, training plans, and past results.  Below, there's links to online registration, a printable paper registration form, and information if you're interested in being a sponsor of the event.


 We'll see you all on January 6, 2024 for the 5th Annual Forging Families runs!

2022 Race Day Picutres
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January 6th, 2024

5K/10K Start Time: 8:00 AM
1 Mile Fun Run Start Time: 9:15 AM

Shelby County Arts Council
Old Mill Square
Columbiana, AL 35051
Our Mission

We are a group of volunteers who believe in the power of family, who believe that all children deserve a safe, loving home in which to grow up.  Sacred Selections is a not-for-profit organization that assists families in their quest to adopt a child.  It's a pretty amazing organization.  They operate with a volunteer board and minimal administrative costs.

In the last four years, we've been honored to assist four families in their pursuit to give a child a forever home.  You've been a part of something really special!

This year we have the opportunity to help Justin and Karen Padgett of Moody, Alabama.  They are matched with a baby in late November.   

All proceeds from this race will be donated to Sacred Selections to reduce the financial burden on a family willing to give a child a home.  Funds will be sent directly to Sacred Selections to assist families in process of adoption.  In the last two years, we have donated over $40,000 to this cause and our event has grown each year.  


We are excited to add a 5K, a10K, and a 1 Mile Fun Run.  There's something for everyone!

Contact Joel Dixon @ with any questions.

  • $35 --- 10K Early Bird Special (by 11/17/23)

  • $40 --- 10K Registration

  • $45 --- 10K Race Day Registration

  • $25 --- 5K Early Bird Special (by 11/17/23)

  • $30 — 5K Registration

  • $35 — 5K Race Day Registration

  • $15 --- One Mile Early Bird Special (by 11/17/23)

  • $20 — One Mile Fun Run

  • $25  ---  Mile Race Day Registration

  • $20 — Sleep In Special (receive shirt)


Race day registration and packet pick up will begin at 7:00 AM on Saturday, January 6th at the Shelby County Arts Council. 

The course (USATF #AL19060JE for the 5K and USATF #AL21027JE for the 10K) is fast and flat and promises a great opportunity at your next PR! We will begin and end at the brand new Shelby County Arts Council facility.  The 10K course will basically be a double loop.  USATF certification is in process.  Although the course is an open course, the City of Columbiana is partnering with us and providing police to control the flow of traffic to ensure runners are safe.

We will have 1st through 3rd place medals for the following Male/Female categories: 1-12, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+.

When the race is done, stick around and check out this beautiful facility and enjoy Columbiana’s quaint Main Street, visit our local businesses for unique shopping and enjoy the warmth of small town USA!

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