Run for the Reason will pass through Chilton

Published 6:26 pm Friday, April 22, 2011

The marathon is often considered one of the most grueling forms of athletic competition. A run through 26 miles of various terrain, in all kinds of weather, is taxing on the mind, the body and the spirit.

But for those involved with the Alabama Power Run for the Reason, a marathon might seem like a piece of cake.

The Run for the Reason is a two and a half day continuous run through the state of Alabama to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society. However, the runners will get some help those in marathon races don’t — teammates.

Three teams of six runners each take turns running through the state in leapfrog style, and the event will be held from April 28-30.

While some people get involved because of a loved one’s bout with cancer, others run just to test their limits while helping a good cause.

“I got the email [about the event] and I enjoy running, and I wanted to try it,” said Alabama Power employee and runner Tony Burnett.

Each runner covers about 20 miles over the weekend. Each team and runner will run twice in a 24-hour period. Drinks and snacks are provided, and teams can stay in hotels along the way when not running.

One runner will come tearing through Clanton in the middle of the night Thursday, but they won’t be alone.

“RVs will follow the runner, and another vehicle will be out in front to kind of protect the runner,” said Burnett.

The event began in 1997 when a group of employees with Georgia Power decided to take on a state-wide run to raise money for a worthy cause. Alabama Power began participating as a partner in the event in 2003. Teams from Georgia Power and Alabama Power will cross both states on the same weekend. All participants are employees of Alabama Power or Southern Company. For more info, visit