5th Annual Gluten Free 5K in Birmingham

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It’s that time of year again, my friends – The Annual 5K and Fun Run to help raise celiac disease and gluten intolerance awareness! Run, walk, skip, or dance with us to the finish line – where a great gluten free brunch will be ready to devour! We hope that you will partner with us, run alongside us, stand and cheer, or flip some flapjacks with us on Saturday, Feb 27th! Here’s the link for your tickets, and a flyer to share with EVERYONE! Let’s make this the biggest race yet! 

February 27, 2016 at Veteran’s Park in Hoover @8:30am

Fun Run 1 mile  @ 9:30am

Awards @ 10:00am

Gluten Free Family Brunch @ 10:30am

Go Here to register for the race!

Join us on Facebook for the event here.  

It’s Expo Time in Birmingham Gluten Free Style That is!

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Mark Your Calendars – Saturday,  May 4, 2013

2nd Annual Making Tracks for Celiacs Walk/Run with Vendor Fair and Family Picnic and a 1 Mile Fun Run!

Sponsored by:  The Center for Celiac Research and The Alabama Gluten Free & Celiac Community

  • Race Registration Begins 7am
  • 5K Race Starts 8am
  • 1 Mile Fun Run 9am
  • Awards 9:30 am

Race Entry Fees:

5K/Run/Walk (ages 13 and up): $30 (until April 26) $35 (April 27 until race day)

5K/Run/Walk (younger than 13): $20 (until April 26) $25 (April 27 until race day)

1 Mile Fun Run $15 (until April 26) $20 (April 27 until race day)

Online Registration is available until April 30th:  Register HERE (Click on Birmingham on left)

Vendor Fair and Family Picnic Information:

Vendor Hours:  10am-2pm

Picnic Hours: 12pm-2pm

Tickets for this part of the event will be available the day of the event.

Vendor Fair: $5 entry fee to vendor area for samples and purchasing gluten free goods!

Picnic and Vendor Fair: $10/per person.  Lunch will include hamburger or hot dog with Udi's buns, side, drink, and dessert. This option will also get you into the vendor fair.

The Venue for this Event is at:

Birmingham Metropolitan Stadium

Ben Chapman Drive   Hoover AL 35244

This expo is being organized and put on this year by The Alabama Gluten Free and Celiac Community.  You can find them on Facebook.

Their website is in development and will be ready shortly www.alabamaceliac.com

You can reach Rebecca Kinney for more details on the event at 205-542-6165 or you can reach Shea at shea@alabamaceliac.com

Vendor Applications are still being accepted if you wish to participate.  There are several different levels of sponsorship available contact Rebecca Kinney for more details 205-542-6165

 

 

 

 

 

Great Gluten Free Expo 2013

I am looking into the future just a bit and trying to see what will happen for an expo for 2013.  The team we had for this year will not be the same for next year.  One of my partners, Christine from Birmingham Kids and Family, is going through major medical with her child, Brian.  He is having a stem cell transplant this summer at Duke University.  This will take them out of the picture for planning an expo for next year.  This is a major ordeal, so please keep them in your prayers, and if you feel led to make a donation to help with their major medical expensed they will incur, please do, they will be so appreciative!

I am writing this post to see who is willing and interested in helping to coordinate a Great Gluten Free Expo 2013.  To be honest, it is a big undertaking.  It obviously can be done, but I am looking for some real go-getters.  People that have a drive to keep going when it gets hard and you just don't want to hear no from one more person.  People who can push through that.  I am looking to make a team of at least 5-7 people who can help me pull this off.  These 5-7 people would be the team to put this thing together from start to finish.  

What would be involved for these people?

  • Regularly scheduled meetings for planning
  • Depending on what you would be in charge of, coordinating a team of your own to put on that event.  So, example, if you wanted to coordinate the Gala Dinner team, you would come up with a team of people to help you, you would, alongside me, come up with a theme, find a chef, help find a location to have the dinner, plan decorations, get sponsors, get foods donated, help with social media to promote, basically run the event.  This is just an example.  There is a lot of commitment here, but I would like you to understand that.  I don't want anyone joining a volunteer team at this time.  If you join, you are joining a planning team.  From start to finish.  If you can't make that kind of commitment, then wait, and join a volunteer team when it is time. 
  • lots of phone calls
  • lots of creativity
  • lots of emailing
  • lots of patience 🙂 

It is such a good feeling to put on an event like this and see the people that benefit from it.  Many lives have been changed from it.  Many good contacts were made for people, and diagnosises were even made from the event.  I don't want to make it look like joining the team would be all work and no reward.  It was very rewarding to serve on a planning team and see people enjoy it so much.  I paint this picture of hard work because I don't just want volunteers at this point.  I want people to make a serious commitment that can see this thing through.  We will be looking at planning another gala, expo with classes, and 5K run.  It was all so successful not to do the whole weekend again, but without people stepping up to help make this happen, we won't have another gluten free expo in 2013.  

Please consider it carefully.  Take a little time and see if this would be right for you.  It will be a lot of fun.  There will be obstacles.  But it will be great.  

Things do happen.  Some vendors didn't show up, we had corrupt files for a class which pushed classes behind schedule, someone had a heart attack at the gala dinner, and our main speaker for the dinner and one class for the expo got put in the hospital the day of the gala and was unable to fly in.  Things happen, but God is good and all went great despite our obstacles.    We were not prepared for any of this, but you will probably be surprised to hear that some of this went on.  We just had to keep on.  And it all worked out great. 

Again, please consider this carefully, but if you are interested, please contact me through the contact tab or email me directly.  No plans have been made yet for next year, so if you have contacts for a venue that would accomodate all events, that would be a start!  Also, if we are going to have this, we need to get on it!  We will need a different venue this year because we need to be able to let vendor sell their products.  This helps cover their costs of coming. 

Thanks for listening,  and thanks for carefully considering joining this team!

Remember that this expo is for our city.  Educating our neighbors.  Own it!

Not sure what I am talking about?  You missed the expo?  See what it is all about here, here, and here.

 

Calling ALL Volunteers!

Are you as excited as me about our Gluten Free Expo right here in our very own, Birmingham, Alabama?   Are you so excited about it that you are telling all your friends and family?  Are you so excited about it that you want in on all the "inside" scoop?  Are you so excited that you are willing to come help in some form or fashion to pull this great event off? 

WE NEED YOU! 

There is only so much that 3 people can do!  An event of this magnitude takes the community of people to help pull this off!  You won't be sorry you did…..we have some exciting things you won't want to miss!

We have some very important volunteer meetings coming up.  There are 2 right now and these are critical!  We need to inform you of everything happening.  We will be signing up for work spots, we have posters that need to be strategically placed around Birmingham, and so much more information!

We need volunteers for all aspects of this great event!

GALA DINNER

5K RUN

VENDOR FAIR

The first meeting is Thursday, January 5th at 6:30p.m.

if you can't make that one, the same information will be shared on Saturday, January 7th at 9:30a.m.

This meeting will be held at Go Natural Herbs and Fitness

4524 Southlake Pkwy  Birmingham, AL 35244

If you have any other questions, please feel free to Contact Me!

Calling All Runners and Walkers Too!

Registration for our 5K run in Birmingham is now open!

Saturday
February 25, 2012
5K Walk/Run 
& Gluten-Free Expo
 
Registration starts at 7:00am 
5K Race starts at 8:00am
 Awards at 10:00am
 
Jefferson State Community College
Shelby/Hoover Campus
4600 Valleydale Rd
Birmingham, AL 35242
 

REGISTRATION FEES:

$25 if you register by February 22

$30 if you register day of the race 

Registration cost includes event T-shirt.

Go HERE to register!  (Click on Birmingham on the left)

Go here to get all the details on this Great Gluten Free Event in Birmingham

 

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