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Boulevard Blast 5K Brings Fun and Fitness to Historic Norwood Neighborhood

PRESS RELEASE        Wednesday, September, 24, 2014

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-254-2036

Cell: 205-721-5369

BIRMINGHAM, AL, July 30, 2014 – Runners, walkers and families that love to be active are encouraged to participate in the Boulevard Blast 5K in Historic Norwood on September 27. The event will be held along the winding tree-lined, boulevard in the historic Norwood neighborhood and offer glimpses of grand 100-year-old homes once belonging to Birmingham’s early founders. Councilor William Parker who serves as the District 5 Councilor is encouraging residents to take part in such a great event that allows you to get fit and have fun at the same time.

“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 Norwood Resource Center is organizing the event and has been promoting healthy lifestyle choices to Norwood residents for the last three years through the Norwood Learning Gardens and the Market at the Trolley Stop, a farmers market offering fresh produce to residents that will be open on the day of the event.

“The Boulevard Blast 5K is a community-wide event, and our neighbors in Norwood are excited about inviting the entire Birmingham community to come and be healthy with us, “Melodie Echols, Executive Director of the Norwood Resource Center said. “Our goal is to be active and have fun, and the Boulevard Blast 5K lets us do both.”

For more information, please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at 205.254.2036 or

About the Boulevard Blast 5K in Historic Norwood

The Boulevard Blast 5K is a community-wide fitness event held in thehistoric Norwood neighborhood which has been working to reverse the mpacts of economic decline from the past several decades. The Norwood Resource Center is organizing the event to promote healthy lifestyle choices to Norwood residents, to the Birmingham community as a whole and to invite the greater community to see the beauty and history of the Norwood community. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Norwood Resource Center and support programs to improve the quality of life of Norwood residents. The 2014 Boulevard Blast 5K is dedicated to the memory of Bill Black, a long-time member of Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church, who served as a founding member and loyal mentor of the Norwood Resource Center.

About the Norwood Resource Center:

The Norwood Resource Center, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, since

001 has supported the activities of Norwood Neighborhood Association and offered services to residents including Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Norwood Learning Gardens, Norwood Market at The Trolley Stop, a Computer Learning Center and other programs. Both Norwood Learning Gardens and the Market at the Trolley Stop address the lack of access to fresh fruits and vegetables in the Northside Community of Birmingham, which is a food desert with no grocery store in the community. For more information on the Norwood Resource Center please visit