New Running Gear HQ!

running gearAlabama Outdoors Sets Sights on Becoming Your New Running Gear HQ!

Alabama Outdoors has opened a full technical Running Gear section in our Homewood location.

We have everything you need to optimize your running experience – whether it’s on the trails (our favorite!) or on the roads. Check out our running gear section online, or come in and see what we have that can help make your run easier and more enjoyable.

Feet are Kings (or Queens)!

OK, so we don’t sell feet, but we do have everything that will make them feel royally wonderful. Starting from the skin out, AO has a variety of great technical socks including FITS merino wool-based and Swiftwick technical socks. We also carry a full line of Superfeet trim-to-fit inserts.

Shoes are the Crown

Trail shoes make your runs far more efficient and pleasant. They provide better traction, protection against roots and rocks, and better drainage for people running through creeks and streams than road shoes.

Whether it’s Salomon, Pearl Izumi, Saucony, La Sportiva, Inov-8, New Balance or another great brand, AO carries a wide range of shoes to meet the specific needs of trail runners, as well as those needing door-to-trail shoes.

Since the best shoe is the one that fits, we will take everyone through our fit process to make sure that shoe you run out with is the best one for your foot.

Apparel Fit for Royalty

What you wear on your body can be almost as important as what’s on your feet. Try some of the amazing technical apparel from The North Face or Patagonia. They may not seem like your “traditional” running gear brands, but they have been making technical apparel for far longer than most “traditional” brands.

The key to their products is that they have taken everything they have learned from making technical apparel to keep people warm while climbing mountains and keep them cool in jungles and deserts, and applied it to running.

Accessories – Royals have to have stuff, right?

Garmin GPS watches, Triggerpoint rollers, The Stick, GU nutrition, Buffs, Nathan hydration belts and hand helds, and Body Glide are all available here at our Homewood store in the Running Gear section and in our online store.

Upcoming events:

  • Thursday, May 23: Big Benefit Run at Good People Brewing Co. benefiting Friends of Red Mountain. A $10 donation (100% goes to the charity) gets you a 5K fun run, your first Good People beer free, live music, lots of great giveaways including two Zip Line tours for 2 and two Beanstalk Forest tours for 2
  • Saturday, June 1: Choccolocco 50K/21K
  • Friday, June 14th: Party on the Porch at Alabama Outdoors Homewood, 5:30 to 7:30 pm with live music, food truck, trail running specials, a 5K fun run, and a benefit for Ruffner Mountain
  • Saturday, June 15: Sizzlin’ Summer Trail Series Inaugural Run 5K/21K at Oak Mountain State Park.presented by Alabama Outdoors and sponsored by Resolute Running and Birmingham Track Club

We look forward to seeing you soon here at AO!



Big Benefit Run at Good People Brewing 5/23

Alabama Outdoors is proud to support the Big Benefit Run series of charity 5K fun runs hosted at Good People Brewing Co. in downtown Birmingham. Since it’s inception in 2012, Big Benefit Runs have raised almost $20,000 for small, local, grassroots charities in the Birmingham Metro area.

What’s Involved?

Big Benefit Run is a 5K fun run that is not timed. It is purely for your enjoyment and to raise money for, and awareness of, small, local charitable organizations that make Birmingham a better place to live.

  • Date: Thursday, May 23rd
  • When: Registration starts at 5:30 pm, the run is at 6:00 pm
  • Where: Good People Brewing Co., 114 14th Street South, Birmingham
  • Route: Through UAB, Southside, and Railroad Park, finishing back at Good People Brewing across from Regions Park
  • Donation: $10, all of which goes to the charity
  • Cool Stuff:
    • First Good People beer free
    • Free Sports Massage from Sherrie Hafley of The Muscle Joint
    • Live music
    • Lots of giveaways including 2 FREE Zip Line tours for 2
    • Cantina Taco Truck available for dinner
  • Who Benefits? Thanks for asking, it’s Friends of Red Mountain Park

Friends of Red Mountain Park

This month we will be benefiting Friends of Red Mountain Park.  Their mission is to promote, enhance, and enjoy Red Mountain Park. Our goals are to spread the word about this project, volunteer our time and talent to enhance the park’s development, and champion the use and enjoyment of the park for the broadest range of citizens.

Big Benefit Run trail mapRed Mountain Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country – larger than even Central Park in New York City. It offers trails for walking, hiking, running, and bicycling. You can schedule Zip Line tours, or set some time to play in the Beanstalk Forest ropes/challenge course.

Come on out and join us Thursday, May 23rd, for a great time supporting an amazing organization and help make Birmingham a better place to live!

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