There's a 5K run (Danny's Heroes Run for Wishes) this Saturday at Alabama Adventure for a good cause - Make-A-Wish Foundation. The race fee includes admission into the park after the race. Check out the website - http://runforwishes.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=313391.
Fantastic. I am partial to Mercedes. The inagural race was my first half marathon and I have run all Mercedes since . . well the half marathons that is. Best of luck training and good luck with the shin splints.