Warrior River Run

Black Warrior Riverkeeper and Moundville Archaeological Park present the Warrior River Run at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 21, at Moundville Archaeological Park. The first race of its kind at Moundville Archaeological Park, the Warrior River Run will feature a full mile flat-track race, a physically demanding sprint to the summits of Mounds A and B and two surprise obstacles of an ancient origin.

Moundville Archaeological Park’s distinctive terrain and history inspired the competition and its location along the Black Warrior River solidified the union with Black Warrior Riverkeeper.

Black Warrior Riverkeeper is a nonprofit clean water advocacy organization whose mission is to protect and restore the Black Warrior River and its tributaries. The group supports public health, recreation and wildlife by monitoring the entire Black Warrior River watershed, which includes parts of 17 Alabama counties.

Both organizations represent community education and well-being through the multitude of programs they offer. With the launch of this event, Moundville Archaeological Park and Black Warrior Riverkeeper will unite with a demographic untapped in the past.

“We are proud to work with Moundville Archaeological Park for this exciting new event,” said Charles Scribner, executive director of Black Warrior Riverkeeper. “We hope the Warrior River Run will become an annual competition at this unique riverside attraction.”

Competitors may register online for $25 or register on site the day of the event for $35. All spectators pay general park admission and are welcome to explore the Moundville Archaeological Park site (13075 Moundville Archaeological Park, Moundville, AL 35474) including the recently renovated Jones Archaeological Museum, for the duration of the day.

“All in all, we just want every racer to challenge themselves, have a great competitive experience and enjoy what Moundville Archaeological Park and Black Warrior Riverkeeper have to offer,” said Jordan Bannister,  on-site AmeriCorps VISTA and event coordinator.

Moundville Archaeological Park’s mission is to maintain, preserve and interpret the Moundville site while fostering research and providing recreational experiences. The park’s education office strives to preserve Native American culture through sharing knowledge. For more information contact Jordan Bannister at 205-371-8732 or email jmbannister@crimson.ua.edu.

Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s mission is to protect and restore the Black Warrior River and its tributaries. The citizen-based nonprofit organization advocates for clean water, wildlife habitat, recreation and public health in our patrol area, the Black Warrior River watershed. This river basin is entirely contained in Alabama, America’s leading state for freshwater biodiversity.

Event art by John Nicholson