Register Now! The YMCA of Greater Birmingham’s 30th Annual Noojin and White - Race To The Courthouse 5K and Fun Run


Register Now! The YMCA of Greater Birmingham’s 30th Annual Noojin and White - Race To The Courthouse 5K and Fun Run

Register Now! The YMCA of Greater Birmingham’s 30th Annual Noojin and White - Race To The Courthouse 5K and Fun Run

By Jennifer Neil

Registration open now online and at YMCA of Greater Birmingham's Downtown Branch. YMCA's annual road race event raises money for the YMCA to promote healthy living in the community.

Birmingham, Alabama – Saturday September 9th, 2017, The YMCA of Greater Birmingham will host the 30th annual Noojin & White Race To The Courthouse 5K and 1 Mile Healthy Kids Fun Run. The 5K will begin at 8:00am and the Healthy Kid’s 1 mile Fun Run will begin at 9:00am.  Both races will begin and end on the 200 block of Richard Arrington Blvd., North. 

Second only to Birmingham’s Vulcan Run, The Noojin & White - Race To The Courthouse is the 2nd oldest road race in the Birmingham community.  The race route will begin at the YMCA of Greater Birmingham Downtown Branch on 4th Ave. North and begin and end at the site of the original Jefferson County Courthouse, now the site of the YMCA of Greater Birmingham Downtown Branch. Festivities will run from 7:00am until 11:00am.  The major sponsors for the event are Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP, Lightfoot Franklin & White, LLC and The Birmingham Bar Association Young Lawyers. 

“This is the 30th year of our fun and competitive event,” said Christian Rieseberg, Executive Director for the YMCA of Greater Birmingham’s Downtown Branch and Race Chairman. “It’s a great opportunity for community members to participate in raising money for the Y and honor two much loved members of Birmingham’s law community. Many of the city’s law firms will even compete as teams and run as part of a ‘fastest firm’ competition,” he said. “And all of the money raised goes directly to the downtown YMCA and its scholarship programs providing health and wellness opportunities for thousands of individuals in the community every year.” 

The race honors Ronnie Noojin, founding member of the Noojin, Haley and Ashford law firm and Jere White, founding member of Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC, who both died after battling cancer.  Both were prominent in the Birmingham law community and tremendous supporters of the downtown YMCA.  

Ronnie Noojin served on the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association’s Board of Governors and on its Executive Committee. He was a member and President of the Birmingham Bar’s Executive Committee. Mr. Noojin died on June 17, 1996, after an eight-month battle with brain cancer.

Jere White is perhaps best known for his skills as a trial lawyer.  For over 30 years, Jere handled significant civil cases of all types in state and federal courts in Alabama and throughout the United States, and he was one of the few lawyers in Alabama inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the American Board of Trial Advocates. 

What is less known about Jere was his tremendous support of the downtown YMCA.  He was a regular lunch time runner, a board member and chairman, and a generous benefactor to the YMCA for three decades. Jere was also the YMCA’s Volunteer of the Year ­— a true testament to his commitment to the YMCA and its mission of promoting health and wellness to the Birmingham community.

Proceeds from the race go directly to the 2017 YMCA of Greater Birmingham Annual Campaign.  Every day, the YMCA of Greater Birmingham gives our community the support it needs to learn, grow and thrive.  From preschool, out of school time, and STEM education to water safety and  disease prevention, everything the Y does helps strengthen Birmingham neighborhoods and the people who live here.

But keeping greater Birmingham great is a full-time job. Every day, our community faces new challenges that create a greater need for the work the Y does. And we need your help to do it. Your gift can help our community, and everyone in it, shine.

Race registration is online now at and at the YMCA of Greater Birmingham Downtown Branch through race day.  For more details and sponsorship information contact Christian Rieseberg, Race Director at (205) 801-7230.

About the YMCA of Greater Birmingham
The YMCA of Greater Birmingham is a charitable organization dedicated to making our community a healthier place to live. Throughout the Greater Birmingham area, the Y is engaged in every neighborhood, nurturing the potential of children and teens, improving the community’s health and well-being, and providing opportunities to give back and support others. That’s why we focus on our work in three areas: Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. Learn more about the YMCA of Greater Birmingham at

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