HEADLAND, Ala. (WDHN) — Headland kicked off their Fourth of July celebrations with a six-mile run Saturday morning.
Around 50 runners laced up their shoes at 7 a.m. to participate in the first Hotty Toddy 10k organized by Todd Farms partnering with the Headland Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by many other headland businesses.
At the 10-k, there were games and snack vendors spaced out throughout the square selling peanuts, sweets, slush ice, and coffee. Runners 21 and older were provided with a victory beer.
Not only were vendors spaced out, but runners were released in intervals to adhere to social distancing.
Adrienne Wilkins, the executive director of the Headland Area Chamber of Commerce, says it was great to show community spirit despite being separated due to COVID-19.
“This is another event we had in Headland recently that has really brought the community together to make everybody feel home again. You know with COVID everybody had to spend a lot of time apart and this was a great opportunity to pull people together,” Wilkins said.
After the race, the top runners in each age bracket and overall race received awards.
Wilkins says it was great to see everyone spending the morning of the Fourth of July with Headland and she hopes the support is still strong at the firework show. The firework show is set to start at 8:30 p.m. at Douglas Park.