Blakeley State Park to host Battlefield Blitz

Staff Report
Posted 1/13/23

Historic Blakeley State Park invites the public to be a part of the annual Battlefield Blitz 5K and Fun Run, on Saturday, Feb. 4.

The run is held on Alabama's largest Civil War battlefield in …

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Blakeley State Park to host Battlefield Blitz

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Historic Blakeley State Park invites the public to be a part of the annual Battlefield Blitz 5K and Fun Run, on Saturday, Feb. 4.

The run is held on Alabama's largest Civil War battlefield in Spanish Fort. The blitz is a unique community event which will benefit the park's many special programs and projects.

The boom of a replica Civil War cannon will signal the start of the race promptly at 8 a.m. that morning. Participants will wind their way through a custom course along portions of one of the nation's best-preserved battlefields where Union and Confederate forces clashed over 150 years ago.

Awards will be given in multiple age groups. A 1-mile fun run, designed for casual competitors who want to be a part of the event but may not be interested in the formal race, will take place later that morning.
Refreshments will be available to all participants.

Local sponsors supporting the park through this event include presenting sponsor Bay Breeze Heating and Air Conditioning, featured sponsors Lad Drago State Farm, Midway Lumber, Old Tyme Feed, Eastern Shore Ace Hardware, Sand and Clay, Inc., Mathes of Alabama, and contributing sponsor Publix.

Historic Blakeley State Park preserves and interprets the largest National Register site in the eastern United States, including the site of one of the Civil War's last major battles and the early Alabama town of Blakeley. Located in the heart of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, it also boasts one of the region's most rich and diverse natural habitats. The park offers hiking, biking, cabins, and RV and tent camping in addition to regular boat excursions into the delta and numerous educational programs throughout the year.

Preregistration for the Battlefield Blitz is $20. To register or for more information, visit www.blakeleypark.com/events. The park is located on State Hwy 225 about five miles north of Spanish Fort.

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