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Birmingham City Councilor William Parker Inviting the Public to Join Him for the Annual Boulevard Blast 5K in the Norwood Neighborhood

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                Friday, September 25, 2015

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Calling all Runners, walkers and families that love to be active….here’s an event that you don’t want to miss! The second annual Boulevard Blast 5K benefitting the Norwood Resource Center (NRC) will take place Saturday, September 26th in the Historic Norwood neighborhood. The race will begin at 9 a.m. This is the second year for the event and organizers say that they’re not only aiming to highlight the Resource Center’s many grassroots initiatives funded through the Boulevard Blast, but also the many local organizations and businesses who work to make Birmingham a great place to live! Councilor William Parker will be on hand for the event, and he’s encouraging the community to join him for the family friendly event.

“What better way to start your weekend, than with an event that promotes healthy living,” Councilor Parker said. “I am looking forward to seeing residents come together and support each other to live healthy and get fit.”

The Boulevard Blast is a part of NRC’s “Get Healthy on the Boulevard” initiative that focuses on healthy activity and nutrition.  All proceeds benefit the Norwood Resource Center, a 501c(3) nonprofit organization helping Norwood neighbors and assisting greater Birmingham since 2000.

“We had an enormous amount of support during our first race last year, and we knew that this was an event that we had to keep going year after year,” Melodie Echols, Executive Director of the Norwood Resource Center said. “ One of our big initiatives at the NRC is to encourage fun activities that allow the entire family to get fit and stay fit and this race allows us to do just that.”

About the Norwood Resource Center:

(NRC) is a community-based 501(c)3 organization founded in 2001 as a grassroots initiative with the mission to provide educational activities and services that improve the life conditions in the area. NRC provides information about and referrals to local service agencies, assistance in accessing those services, informative workshops and valuable free programs such as computer classes and income tax preparation.  The services of the center are designed to promote a healthy and productive community. NRC serves the residents of the Birmingham Northside communities as well as residents from throughout the Greater Birmingham area, with its impact touching all age ranges.

For media inquiries please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information, Brittany Sharp at 205.721.5969 or