The Tuscaloosa Half Marathon presented by CNL Financial Group is a day of fun for both runners and spectators! If you’ve ever run or walked a half marathon, you know how important a motivating and encouraging crowd support is. The Tuscaloosa Half Marathon would like to provide suggestions to help spectators plan for race day:

  • Have fun and get in the spirit!
  • Weather is always unpredictable in April. Be prepared to dress for conditions and wear comfy shoes.
  • Have a course map, cell phone and camera
  • A good sign always adds to the race! Runners love to read signs, and it helps your runner to identify where you are.
  • Make some noise! Clap and cheer. The runners will love it.
  • Be sure to cheer for everyone; those in the front and the back.
  • Have a block party with friends and neighbors if the course travels through your area.
  • Plan ahead. If you’re tracking a friend of family member, identify their average pace per mile ahead of time and use a pace chart to figure out where and when they should reach certain points along the course.
  • Have a finish line plan. Many people will be in the finish area, so it will help to know where and when you’re meeting your runner.
  • Don’t know anyone running? That’s ok. Come support anyway!
  • We ask all spectators to please stay off the course as a sign of respect for the participants that have worked so hard to be there.

Best Spots to Watch

  • Start/Finish line/Government Plaza
  • Helen Keller Blvd.
  • Riverwalk (Near River Walk Waterfront Condominiums)
  • Tuscaloosa Public Library
  • Regions Bank off of Hackberry Ln.
  • Moody Music Building Main Parking Lot
  • Bryant-Denny Stadium – Paul W. Bryant Drive Side or Walk of Champions
  • Peter Bryce Blvd. (UA Student Rec, Rhoads Stadium)

Where is your runner along the course? (based off of a 4 hour limit)

Mile NumberFirst RunnerLast Runner
17:35 AM8:01 AM
27:40 AM8:17 AM
37:45 AM8:33 AM
47:50 AM8:49 AM
57:55 AM9:05 AM
68:00 AM9:21 AM
78:05 AM9:37 AM
88:10 AM9:53 AM
98:15 AM10:09 AM
108:20 AM10:25 AM
118:25 AM10:41 AM
128:30 AM10:57 AM
138:35 AM11:23 AM