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M.Y. Hero 5K

4/15/24, 1:00 PM

2024 Details Coming Soon
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Race Information

About M.Y. HERO 5K and 1mile fun run/walk

Martin Young was born and raised in Double Springs, Alabama, to Burnis and Barbara Young. He graduated from WCHS in 1987. He was married to his high school sweetheart, Teresa, for 22 years. They have 2 children, Cody and Caleb and one grandchild-Connor. He devoted a majority of his time through the years to helping with football and basketball. He loved being involved with his boys and their friends. He joined the National Guard in 1988 and served during Operation Desert Storm. He got out of the guard in 1996. 

He spent countless hours helping others, never asking for anything in return. He would often mow someone's grass while they weren't home and never let them know that he was the one who did it. If you were fortunate to have known him, you would know that Martin loved life.He loved to joke and cut up with people. He loved to make people laugh. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and just spending time with his family and friends.

 In November of 2008, he decided to rejoin the National Guard. He always felt the need to serve during war time. He often stated that he didnt feel like a veteran because he served stateside during Operation Desert Storm. I told him that I didn't want him to re-enlist, but I understood and would stand beside him 100%. He was deployed to Afghanistan in May of 2009. 

We talked on the phone or via webcam almost every day (twice a day most of the time). He returned home in April 2010.

After returning home, he seemed ok but not the usual outgoing person that he was before. He attended counseling through the VA. He was released from counseling on February 8, 2011.

PTSD claimed his life on February 15, 2011. Martin's family and friends have decided to honor his memory by creating a scholarship in his name. The Martin Young Memorial Scholarship will be given to 2 Seniors from WCHS (one girl and one boy) each year. To help fund the scholarships, we are having a 5K and 1mile fun run/walk to be held annually in his hometown of Double Springs, Alabama.


Event Schedule

March 24th

 Last day to guarantee shirt in your size & Early Bird pricing

April 15th

  • Race Registration:  7:00- 7:45 AM

  • 5K Start:  8:00 AM

  • Fun Run/Walk:  8:45 AM

  • Awards Ceremony:  9:30 AM



Complete and mail the Official Entry Form in this brochure with the entry fee to:

Michelle Ward
P.O. Box 1243
Double Springs, AL 35553

For more information call (205) 272-2049

**Make checks payable to Martin Young Memorial Scholarship Fund

Early bird registration through March 24

Fees must be received with entry forms.

The entry fees are as follows:

  • $25 for 5K before March 24 (T-shirt included)

  • $30 for 5K after March 24 (T-shirt not guaranteed)

  • $10 for Fun Run/Walk (T-shirt not included, for an additional $15 you can receive a T-shirt)

****Entry fees must be received by March 24th to guarantee specific size T-shirt***

Race-Day Registration/ Check-In:

Check-in and late registration will begin at 7AM. Race will begin at 8AM

1 mile Fun Run/Walk will begin at 8:45AM.

Late registration will be $30

*Runners must check in on race day between 7:00-7:45 AM

*****Rain or Shine*****

In the event of inclement weather, no refunds will be given.

Save money and race with friends! Take a look at our Teams and Fundraising info.

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Course Information

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The course starts and finishes at the old Gateway parking lot. It is a fairly flat course with a slight incline midway through the race. The streets will be blocked and protected by Double Springs Police, Reserve Officers and Fire Department. Aid Stations are located at the Start/Finish line, and turn around point.

Course Directions: Race starts at the old Gateway parking lot at the intersection of 195, 278 and 33. From start line head South on Hwy 195, turn (R) on Old School Road, turn (R) on School Street, turn (L) in Courthouse Annex parking lot, turn (R) on Hwy 195 south, turn (R) at Winston Co. Health Dept., circle drive, turn (L) back onto Hwy 195, turn (L) at Courthouse Annex., turn (L) toward D.S. Elem. School, turn (L) in front of school lunchroom and circle school, continue back to old Gateway parking lot.

Awards and Goodies

Medals go to 1st place overall Male and Female winners and to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in all age divisions. Male and Female overall winners will not be eligible for age group awards.

 T-shirts and goody bags guaranteed to the first 100 runners. There will be drawings for door prizes for participants only.

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Virtual Race

Can't make it out to the event site on race day?

Still want to participate or support the cause and have a shot at an award? or maybe you saw the shirt and said:  "Sweet...I want one!"


Then the virtual race is for you.


New to Virtual Running?  Here's how it works:


Step 1

  • Get excited, grab some friends and buddies to join you!  Sign up and register for the Virtual Event!


Step 2

  • Hydrate, grab your buddy (or not) and get ready to get moving!


Step 3

  • Get out there and run or walk! You can run at the park, your favorite route in your neighborhood; anywhere you want.   Please remember to social distance & be safe!


Step 4

  • HAVE FUN!~

  • Share your distance, a selfie, or a picture along your race route and use the race hashtag:-)


Step 5

  • Submit your results online


Step 6

  • View your Results Monday after the Event Date.

Submit your virtual time

Event Courtesy and Weather Policy

Our events are designed to be fun for the entire family. With that in mind; any
competitor, spectator, parent, volunteer, or sponsor, exhibiting unsportsmanlike conduct or interfering with the positive, competitive atmosphere of the event will be asked to leave the venue and course immediately with no refunds and be disqualified.

All registrations are final. There are no refunds, deferments, or transfers.


Event will take place rain or shine. In the event of extreme weather, we will cancel for the safety of the participants...there are no refunds in this case.


Participants that do not show up to race/event forfeit their right to any swag.


No COVID-19 Refunds.  If unforeseen circumstances arise due to COVID-19, including any Federal or State Health Emergency, refunds will not be provided. The event will go 100% Virtual & shirts will be shipped to participants.

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