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Baby Steps Memorial Run Celebrates Ninth Year

MCCALLA – The ninth annual Baby Steps Memorial 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run will be held Saturday, Sept. 30 at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park (12634 Confederate Pkwy., McCalla). All proceeds from the run benefit the Amelia Center at Children’s of Alabama.

Online individual or team registration is available prior to Sept. 16 for $25 (5K) or $15 (1-mile) or on the day of the race for $30 (5K) or $20 (1-mile). Groups may participate in the 5K, but must register prior to Sept. 16. Individual same day registration and packet pick up is at 7 a.m., followed by the start of the 5K and 1-mile at 8 a.m.

All participants registering before Sept. 16 are guaranteed free admission into the park, a race shirt and a race bag. Refreshments, door prizes, awards and a balloon release will follow the race. Children age 5 and under “race” free with the paid registration of a parent.

The Baby Steps Memorial Run is an event that allows grieving families and their friends to come together to remember their loved ones in a supportive, caring environment. The Amelia Center is a non-profit program of Children’s of Alabama which has served as a place of hope for grieving children, parents and families since 1997. The center offers free grief counseling to parents and grandparents who have suffered the loss of a child and also to children who have lost loved ones. The center operates by donations and continued support from its community members. For more information on The Amelia Center visit

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Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 46 other states and seven foreign countries last year, representing more than 676,000 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 at