Joe Cain Classic Run

Joe Cain Classic Run

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – The following information was provided by organizers of the event:

For the past 31 years, the Joe Cain Classic Run has been the primary focus for the Bay Area Runners (BAR), which organizes and runs the event. The BARs are a diverse group of men and women who have come together for the purposes of fun, fitness, community and public service. Members are primarily from the Mobile Bay area of ​​Mobile and Baldwin counties in Alabama.

Race proceeds consist of race entry fees and corporate sponsorship. These proceeds are given to local organizations that adapt athletic sports and activities to enable participation by those who otherwise could not participate.

Joe Cain is credited with reviving the Mardi Gras celebration in Mobile after the Civil War. In 1866, during the period when Mobile was still occupied by Union forces. Mardi Gras celebrations were on hold. Later, a group of gentlemen, led by Joseph Stillwell Cain, borrowed a coal wagon from a local business, dressed in costumes depicting a fictional Chickasaw Indian chief named Slacabamorinico. They paraded through the streets on Fat Tuesday, thus reviving Mardi Gras, which has been observed in Mobile ever since. In 1968, Joe Cain Day was founded as an all-encompassing street celebration that anyone is welcome to join. Joe Cain Day is celebrated on the Sunday before Fat Tuesday.

The race takes place on Joe Cain Day (the Sunday before Fat Tuesday) at 8 a.m. in Mobile, Alabama on one of the uglier race tracks a runner is likely to encounter. The out and back route passes the jail and a picturesque scrap yard before the runner returns to the start/finish line at the intersection of Canal and Broad Streets near the Mobile Civic Auditorium. However, most people don’t mind the ugly course because if you run the race, you can go to the great post-race party that the race is known for. There is live music, dancing in the street, food, door prizes, awards and a visit from Joe Cain’s famous and lovely Merry Widows. These widows travel the downtown streets on Joe Cain Day, lending their charm and grace to citywide festivities all day long. They drive a few blocks down South Broad Street to Augusta Street for the Block Party. So come join the Bay Area Runners on Joe Cain Day to celebrate the Mardi Gras tradition “Mobile Style” and help a deserving group of exceptional athletes.

Proceeds for Benefit: Organizations that adapt sporting events to enable participation by those whose disabilities would otherwise prohibit their ability to participate.

Run Organized by: Bay Area Runners

Location: Broad Street and Canal Street in Mobile, AL

Course: 5K Flat, Fast and Ugly!!! USATF Certification AL03036JD

Awards: Top 3 Male and Female Overall, 1st Male and Female Master, 1st Male and Female Grand Master, 1st Male and Female Senior Grand Master, Top 3 Clydesdales (210+ lbs) and Athena (165+ lbs), Top 5 Male and Female Breed Hikers Overall male and female wheelchair.

Age groups: Top three men and women in the following divisions: 9 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30- 34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50- 54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89 and 90+

Shirts: All pre-registered runners with applications postmarked by 02/12/2023 are guaranteed a T-shirt on race day. All applications postmarked after 02/12/2023 and race day registrants receive T-shirts while they last. Moon Pie Dash participants only need to register if they want a T-shirt.

Results: Results will be posted at the block party and on


Early Registration – postmarked on or before 2/12/2023 – $25.00 Late Registration – postmarked after 2/12/2023 or day of race- $30.00 Children 10 and under – $10.00. Online Registration – until 4:00 a.m. 02/17/2023 Walk-in Registration – McCoy Outdoor Co, Fleet Feet or Run-N-Tri in Mobile until noon Thursday, 02/16/2023.

Early Packet Pick Up and Drop off Registration $30.00 Cash or Check Only: Friday 2/17/23 from 12:00pm to 5:30pm at the Port City Pacers office located at 358 Morgan Ave.

Packet Pick up and day of race registration: At race site from 6:30 AM-7:30 AM. $30.00 cash or check ONLY

Post-Race Party: All registered runners will be eligible for door prizes, food, refreshments and festivities at a post-race block party. Must be present to win. Block party will be held in front of the Joe Cain house on Augusta Street, a few blocks from the race site.

Weather Disclaimer: In the event of hazardous, inclement weather, the Bay Area Runners reserve the right to delay or cancel the event. Entry fees are non-refundable or transferable and will be considered a donation.

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