Rock 'n' Run: Woodstock weekend offers more than the average 5K
by Sara Milledge
Special to The Star
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Illustration by AnnaMaria Jacob
Illustration by AnnaMaria Jacob
Anniston’s historic Woodstock 5K race is celebrating its 33rd birthday this August, and the entire community is invited to the party. From live music to fresh food to an outdoor movie, the Woodstock 5K and Fat Tire Fest Weekend has something for even the least-avid runner.

After the race on Aug. 3, the Anniston Runners Club will host it’s annual post-race party. And this year, it’s bigger than ever.

“People with no desire to run or walk can come watch the race and enjoy the party afterwards,” said Haley Gregg, this year’s race director. “I want the community to come out and experience Woodstock, whether they run the race or not.”

The 5K is scheduled to wrap up around 8:30 a.m., just in time for the party to get started. Debuting this year is the Woodstock Revival Concert. Local bands Jim Parks, The Gypsy Begonias, Abby Parks, Doublewide Soul and McPherson Struts will take the stage in the Anniston High School courtyard for performances inspired by the legendary 1969 concert with which the event shares its name. The bands will cover hits from the Woodstock Music Festival, including songs from legends like Janis Joplin, The Who and Jimi Hendrix.

“They’re all local bands, and they’re all volunteering their time,” Gregg said.

The music will last until 1 p.m., with a brief intermission around 9:30 a.m. for the awards ceremony in the Anniston Performing Arts Center at Anniston High School.

Vendors will also be out in full force for the post-race party. The Trak Shak, Regional Medical Center and area spas will have booths set up in the courtyard. A farmers market will sell fresh fruits and veggies and Waffle House will serve hash browns.

For the kids, Top Notch Events and Rentals is hosting a fun zone with bouncy houses and inflatable slides.

“Rumor has it there is going to be a waterslide out there, which will be perfect for a hot day,” Gregg said.

Although the details are still in the works for the fun zone, Gregg said she thinks wristbands for the inflatable area will cost about $5. Entrance to the post-race party is free, but Gregg suggests bringing a little cash to shop around the vendors’ booths.

“This is kind of my way to be more community friendly,” she added, “a way that we can give back to the community and have fun.”

Check the event’s website,, and its Facebook page, Woodstock 5K (Anniston, AL), for pricing information and updates.

After the post-race party, head home, grab a shower and meet the Northeast Alabama Bicycle Association at the Coldwater Mountain trailhead for the Fat Tire Weekend. Beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday, the event will feature music, demo bikes from Wig’s Wheels, door prizes, beginner rides and a shuttle for gravity trails.

“Gravity trails are exactly what they sound like,” said Brooke Nelson, a board member for the Anniston Runners Club and a member of NEABA. “It’s very difficult to turn around and come back up.”

At 7 p.m., bring an appetite and a lawn chair for a free cookout and a movie under the stars at the trailhead, sponsored by the Anniston Runners Club and NEABA. A committee is still previewing movies, but “it will be family friendly, nothing over a PG-13 rating,” Nelson said.

The weekend activities continue Sunday with a free breakfast at the trailhead at 7:30 a.m. before a trail run at 8 a.m. followed by a bike ride at 9 a.m.

The whole community is invited to the Fat Tire Weekend. Please RSVP for the event with Brooke Nelson,, or Katy Cairo,
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