Patriotic Battleship 12K celebrating veterans this Sunday

November 9, 2021

Run to Honor crosses Mobile Bay and finishes at the USS Alabama

Nov. 9, 2021. SPANISH FORT, AL. /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – Runners from across the country will honor those who serve this Sunday at the 6th annual Battleship 12K in Spanish Fort, Al.

A Veterans’ Day tradition for many, so far over 2600 participants from 26 different states have registered. The patriotic run takes runners down Old Spanish Trail (Hwy. 98) and through Battleship Memorial Park before ending ceremoniously at the U.S.S. Alabama where supporters cheer them on, American flags in hand.

“My father served in Vietnam and earned a Purple Heart during his service” said Michael Wattigny, Marketing Director. “He didn’t receive a heroes welcome we he returned. He was spit on and called names. I founded this race as a way to say ‘Thank You’ in a loud and vocal way to all of the men & women who have served our country.”

The Battleship 12K was started in 2015 as a way to pay tribute to those who defend our freedom and may not have received the heroes’ welcome those returning from WWII did. Whether someone deployed to combat or only served a brief time, every man and woman who has put on the uniform to keep our country free, this race serves to thank each for their sacrifice and bravery.

On Sunday, participants will be wearing either red or blue race numbers. Those runners and walkers who have a red bib have served or are currently serving our country. “Members of the military don’t enlist for the accolades, but we want to be able to thank those brave men & women. The red bibs provide everyone an easy way to identify the military, past or present, and say thank you with a handshake, hug, or high five.”

Runners must be able to complete the ~7.5 mile course in about two hours. There is also a virtual option for runners who want to participate but are unable to travel. Virtual runners will be shipped a race bib, event shirt and finisher medal the week after the event.

To register for the Battleship 12K or for more information, please visit https://www.battleship12k.com/.

WHAT: Battleship 12K
WHERE: 26000 Bass Pro Dr.(Starting Line) Spanish Fort, AL US 36527
WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.


FRESHJUNKIE Racing is an event production company based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They have been producing a variety of running and multisport events through the southern United States for 12 years.

For more info visit: https://freshjunkieracing.com/ .


Mike Wattigny, Marketing Director | mike@freshjunkie.com | (504) 952-2899
Marina Gelpi Clay, Public Relations Coordinator | pr@freshjunkie.com | (985) 718-8560