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10th Annual Spring Scramble 5K to Benefit Healthy Active Living Initiative and Reach Out and Read at Children’s of Alabama
BIRMINGHAM — Children’s of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s (UAB) Pediatrics Residency Program will host their 10th annual Spring Scramble 5K on Saturday, April 16. The 5K will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Levite Jewish Community Center followed by the Fun Run at 6:30 p.m. All money raised will benefit the Children’s of Alabama Healthy Active Living Initiative and Reach Out and Read.

The registration fee is $25 for the general public, $20 for UAB and Children’s employees, and all children under 12 are free with an adult entry. The registration fee covers a race day T-shirt and goodie bag. To register, visit

Packet pick up will be Wednesday, April 13 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Trak Shak (2839 18th St. S., Birmingham); Friday, April 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second floor lobby of the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children (1601 5th Ave. S., Birmingham); Friday, April 15 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Trak Shak and on race day at the Levite Jewish Community Center (3960 Montclair Road, Birmingham) from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

There will be food trucks and live music for entertainment. Awards and door prizes will be distributed from 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., along with more live music and entertainment. For more information, visit or contact Shelly McCarty at 205-638-7478 or

About Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read is a non-profit organization that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. This evidence-based program builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children, beginning in infancy. As recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Reach Out and Read incorporates early literacy into pediatric practice, equipping parents with tools and knowledge to ensure that their children are prepared to learn when they start school. Reach Out and Read families read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills

About Children’s
Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Children’s of Alabama is the state’s only free-standing medical facility and is ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by US News & World Report. Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 41 other states and eight foreign countries last year, representing more than 677,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. More information is available