Hundreds of runners take over Homewood for Red Shoe Run 2018

Jeh Jeh Pruitt from WBRC FOX6 News interviews RMHCA Communications Director Stephanie Langford. Behind them, 5K runners gather for their race.

It’s 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 27 at Rosewood Hall in Homewood. The sun hasn’t come up yet but there are already dozens of people at work and more start arriving, dressed in athletic gear. But what could pull this many people together, so early in the morning? Red Shoe Run, of course!

The 10 mile runners started bright and early at 7:30 a.m. at the 14th Annual Red Shoe Run, followed closely by the 5K and 1 mile course runners.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama is pleased to share that more than 600 runners registered for the event and many of them ran as teams with fun names like Grimace Gang (yes, for the McDonald’s character!), Team Super Cooper and Nugs > Running, a nod to McDonald’s nugget lovers!

We spotted many runners sporting our white and red striped socks but we think that Grimace stole the show running the 5K!

The Grimace Gang poses for a photo! One of the runners is dressed in a full-sized Grimace character costume. A woman and her daughter finish their Red Shoe Run course.

To date, more than $80,000 has been raised through Red Shoe Run proceeds to help fund the mission of RMHCA. The charity and families are so grateful to every runner, volunteer and anyone who donated to Red Shoe Run. You are all heroes who have gone the distance for RMHCA families! Now, they don’t have to worry about where to stay when their child is in the hospital or where their next meal might come from. You have given an invaluable gift and RMHCA hopes you enjoyed Red Shoe Run 2018!

RMHCA would also like to thank our generous sponsors, including: McDonald’s, Wind Creek Wetumpka, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, Nucor Steel of Tuscaloosa, HealthSouth, WBRC Fox 6 News, Medical Properties Trust, Brasfield & Gorrie, Top Golf Birmingham and Hilton/Home2 Suites.

Two men sign the Heroes Wall, where runners can leave messages of encouragement for RMHCA families.

Two men sign the Heroes Wall, where runners can leave messages of encouragement for RMHCA families.

We would also like to recognize our in-kind donors: The Cowfish Sushi and Burger Bar, Alabama Outdoors, Puttin’ on the Ritz DJ Service, Rent Monster, KS Services, Kill Cliff, HHH Sanitation, Painted Personalities, Penske and Coca-Cola.

A young boy, who just had his face painted, says hello to Batman.

A young boy, who just had his face painted, says hello to Batman.

Thank you again for making Red Shoe Run so much fun and we can’t wait to see everyone in 2019 for our 15th Red Shoe Run!

The Mollies from Team Mollie Squared pose for a photo with one of their friends.

The Mollies from Team Mollie Squared pose for a photo with one of their friends.