PERSONAL BEST: Trak Shak Homewood Run - WVTM-TV Birmingham, AL

PERSONAL BEST: Trak Shak Homewood Run

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Every Wednesday night for the last 18 years, the streets of Homewood are over-taken by foot traffic.

There's no need to be quick on your feet.  This is merely a social run.  Runners gather and lace up at Trak Shak at 5:30 p.m., then take off.

"We have a three-mile course and a five-mile course that go through Homewood," Trak Shak manager Jeff Martinez said. "We've been doing those same two courses since day one.  They just wind through the neighborhoods of Homewood.  There are some longer courses folks can do as well if you need to run longer than five miles."

James Melton has been enjoying this run since day one.

"If you dodge the cars at the start, it's a very relaxing run," Melton, who has been seriously running for 25 years, said.  "They have the water at the halfway point.  It's just well run, and a nice social at the event of it."

"Just being with the community of runners from ages middle schoolers to people who are senior citizens who can tell me a lot about running that I don't know about," Kendall Harris added.

Another perk, vendors allow you to swap out your old running shoes, and give a new pair a test run.

When you get back, grab a drink, water or beer, and a snack.  Or maybe you're feeling sore, a massage table is set up as well.

"Running is a very social sport," Martinez said.  "We try to accentuate that by having everyone come out and hang out at the store.

"A lot of people have met here, gotten married from this group, lifelong friends have developed through this group.   It's really cool to have."

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