One of the 10 Best Road Races in Alabama!

The MLK Day 5K Drum Run is a fun and active event to celebrate the MLK Day holiday weekend. Since its 2012 inception in Atlanta, GA, the race has grown to over 2000 runners/walkers and featured over 200 drummers from metro area schools and groups.

It is an honor to present the 4th Annual

MLK Day 5K Drum Run - Birmingham

Saturday, January 18, 2020 @ 8am(5K Start).

The MLK Day 5K Drum Run/Walk is a celebration of the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Day here in Birmingham, Alabama.

The 4th Annual race is scheduled for Saturday, January 18, 2020, 7am (8am 5K start time) and will start and finish at 1700 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203 located in the Fourth Avenue Historic District of Birmingham’s Civil Rights District. Race participants come from diverse populations that include all demographics, races, cultures, genders and creed to celebrate the meaning of the holiday in a fun and fitness way. The race features drumlines from the Birmingham metro area schools and organizations that will line up along the race course to keep the beat as the runners and walkers make their way. Imagine a reverse parade!!

Additionally, we are promoting the benefit and love of fitness.  Birmingham, Alabama is the cradle of the Civil Rights Movement that continues to blossom as a diverse city with emerging and progressive citizens. The running community has evolved in the city which has encouraged fitness and fun for all groups. There is a running event for every holiday and season of the year.  One national holiday with no race was Martin Luther King Day.  With most Americans having the day off of work and school, this is a perfect opportunity to bring the diverse Birmingham area community together for a road race and celebration.

When each organization signs up as a team and becomes an approved beneficiary of the race, $5 of each team member's registration will be returned to that organization for use in community efforts of its choice. Example, if 100 people register under Team X, we will send a check for $500 to Team X’s organization. Get your team/organization signed up today!!

This year’s race features a 3.1-mile course providing a scenic, challenging and upbeat route through the revitalization of Birmingham. Runners and walkers will enjoy the beat of the drums as they travel through the following:

The Civil Rights District

The Park District

The Rotary Trail

Birmingham Green

The pre-race activities include music, warm-up and inspiration that makes this holiday great. Post race activities include booths presented by sponsors and various organizations and a friendly drumline competition.

Race Cost:

$25.00 until 12/31/2019

$30.00 after 01/01/2020

$35.00 day of race 01/18/2020





The Valley Pearls Service Foundation

Black People - Run Bike and Swim

BSC Runs Forward Ever

Tri-County Links

 The Freestyle Percussion Foundation

If you are interested in becoming an approved beneficiary please contact race director, Herman Mannings III, at or 470-444-9844

Be A Sponsor

The MLK Day 5K Drum Run - Birmingham cannot be a success without our beloved community of Sponsors and Volunteers.

The 2020 MLK Day 5K Drum Run - Birmingham is attracting a diverse crowd of men, women and children in and around Birmingham in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream of the “beloved community.” The purpose of the race is special: to INSPIRE, FITNESS and foster FELLOWSHIP in celebration of the beloved community that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. envisioned.

There is a running event for every holiday and season of the year. One national holiday where there was no race was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. With most Americans having the day off of work and school, this is a perfect opportunity to bring the diverse Birmingham area community together for a road race and celebration. With the excitement from the local schools and churches, we are anticipating a large number of participants to join us on January 18, 2020 for the MLK Day 5K Drum Run - Birmingham.


Click the SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES link below to become a MLK Day 5K Drum Run - Birmingham Sponsor. Please call Herman Mannings III 470-444-9844 or email for any sponsorship questions. Please call to discuss Title Sponsorship.

Thank you for your consideration of sponsorship.


Sponsor a Runner/Walker

We provide the option for you to sponsor a runner/walker of one of our APPROVED BENEFICIARIES or TEAMS of your choice. Upon receipt of your sponsorship, we will notify the respective group of your sponsorship and they will apply it to a runner/walker on their team. You can also make a GENERAL SPONSORSHIP to the race below or mail us a check. Please contact us for any amounts not listed or larger amounts at THANK YOU for your SUPPORT!!

Sponsor a Runner/Walker. (Please contact us for larger amounts)
Choose APPROVED Beneficiary
Another Team Name
Benefactor (Your Name)

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 Volunteer Positions

A great race loves great volunteers!  Click HERE to Volunteer.

RACE ASSISTANTS - Assist Race Organizers throughout the whole event. Must be mobile, have mobile phone, organization skills, dependable and a positive attitude.

SET UP/BREAKDOWN - Volunteers will set up and breakdown race course and site

ENVIRONMENTAL - Keep race course and race day site clean from debris.

RACE COURSE WATER STATION - Water station between the one mile & two mile marker.

COURSE AMBASSADORS - Directing participants to race day registration packet pick up. Directing participants towards the stage and starting line area. Directing participants to after race refreshments and T-Shirt and race bag pick up.

FINISH LINE WATER STOP AND REFRESHMENTS - The water station at the start/finish of the race. Filling cups, stocking snacks and cleaning up area.

DRUMLINE ATTENDANT – Will assist drumline set up at site location on race course.

PARKING - This is a very important job. Each runners experience starts with parking. We need enthused people who will be able to direct attendees to parking. We need them to warmly welcome attendees with open arms and helpfully direct them to registration. Also to roam parking areas.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the registration cost?

$25.00 until 12/31/2019

$30.00 after 01/01/2020

$35.00 day of race 01/18/2020

Is the race timed?

Yes, it is chip timed by professional timing company.

I want to bring my children and their friends. Do children have to register too?

Children age 6 and under do not have to register and can participate for free.

How do I get my school drumline or drum corps involved in the Drum Run?

Please contact the Race Director Herman Mannings III or 470-444-9844 or to register your drumline. Each drumline will become a beneficiary of the race and receive a donation to their respective booster club.

Where do I park?

There is plenty of street parking around the area. In addition there will be some first come, first serve parking lots (LOOK FOR THE SIGNS).

What if the weather does not look good?

The race is a rain/shine/cold/hot event. We will alert participants if lightning or severe weather conditions occur.

Where do I get my race number?

Packet Pick up date Friday, January 17, 2020, 11AM-5PM at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The address is 520 16th Street North, Birmingham AL 35203. Please enter through the 16th Street entrance, two doors to the left of the ticket booth, next to the gift store. 

You can also pick up your number on race day Saturday, January 18, 2020, beginning at 7 am.

Is there a shirt, what is it?

Yes, registered participants will receive a shirt on race day.  It is a blended cotton, super soft, short sleeve t-shirt.  

Is there race day registration?

Yes, race day registration begins at 7:00 am and closes at 7:45 am.  It costs $35.  Online registration will end on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at 11:59pm!

I don’t or can’t walk/run in the race but I want to support it or a runner?

You can still provide your support for a runner or a team by going to the “SPONSOR A RUNNER/WALKER” section on the website. From their you can sponsor runners and choose an APPROVED Beneficiary.

I don’t see the “TEAM” I’m with listed on the Entry List page. Why? What to do?

If you didn’t select your “TEAM” name (beneficiary) on the registration, please let us know, so we make sure your funds go to the appropriate organization.  Please email and tell us your name and organization/team and we will update it.

Is the event family friendly?

Yes, this event is a family friendly event and open to all ages. We will have family friendly music, sponsors booths, activities and drummers from area high schools.

What does the race benefit?

The MLK Day 5K Drum Run will benefit the approved Teams/Beneficiaries (Birmingham area schools, churches, community organizations and businesses). Many Teams/Beneficiaries are using the MLK Day 5K Drum Run as a fundraiser for their community-oriented initiatives.  $5 of each registration will go to the “team” you choose when you register.  For example, if 100 people register under Team X, we will send a check for $500 to Team X’s organization. See the full list of beneficiaries on

**Refunds are not allowed for this race.**

Do you have more questions? Contact Us!

Leftover Energy LLC

P.O. Box 382901
Birmingham, AL 35238


Herman Mannings III, Race Director