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Do you love music, animals, and getting in shape?  Perfect!  Whether you walk, run, or do a little of both, our Bark to the Beat Music 5k is the perfect opportunity to help you grow in healthiness, support an amazing cause, and have fun while doing so.  Do you know what else?  All along the course, musicians from the University of Alabama School of Music and surrounding high schools will perform LIVE so you can enjoy a concert amidst your running/walking!


This run/walk serves as a fundraiser for the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter  

(, who will be present at the run/walk (yes, with many of their adorable animals).  The course will launch from Butler Field across from the School of Music on UA's campus (home of the UA Million Dollar Band, next to Arby's) and follow a unique path in the blocks nearby.  While the event officially launches at 8:00am, additional waves will be released at 8:30am and 9:00am.


Bark to the Beat Music 5k is hosted by the University of Alabama School of Music ( and is open to participants of all ages and abilities (those under 19 must be accompanied by a legal guardian unless you are a currently-enrolled student at The University of Alabama). 

Early registration is highly recommended (and requested). Late registration at packet pick-up or on the day of the race is only available while extra bibs last (tshirts and awards are only available to those who register in advance).

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