Tuscaloosa has many traditions, one of them is annual spring running of the Mayor's Cup 5K through the downtown streets. This race is much more than a fun morning, it has a long lasting benefit for our local kids.

Mayor Maddox spearheaded the Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative shortly after taking office in 2005. He had a vision of providing pre-k funding to provide the opportunity for every four-year old child the opportunity of effective early intervention to pave the way for academic success. Currently, there are 21 Pre-K classroom units across nine Tuscaloosa City elementary schools.

Statics released on the Tuscaloosa Mayor's Cup website:

Successful Students:

  • Pre-k increases high school graduation rates.
  • Pre-k helps children do better on standardized tests.
  • Pre-k reduces grade repetition.
  • Pre-k reduces the number of children placed in special education.

Responsible Adults:

  • Pre-k reduces crime and delinquency.
  • Pre-k lowers rates of teen pregnancy.
  • Pre-k leads to greater employment and higher wages as adults
  • Pre-k contributes to more stable families.
  • Every $1 invested in high-quality pre-k saves taxpayers up to $7.

The Mayor's Cup 5K is a healthy way to have fun day and make a difference tomorrow by supporting the initiative.

Mayor's Cup 5K Info:

  • Saturday, April 25, 2015
  • Start/Finish line at Government Plaza (behind City Hall)
  • Race Day Registration: 7 - 7:45am
  • Registration Fee: $25
  • Race Start Time: 8am

Watch Mayor Maddox talk about the Pre-K Initiative in this 5K race promo video: