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Warrior Challenge

The 2021 Warrior Challenge logo.

University of Montevallo students from DeAnna Smith’s Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability class are applying their academic knowledge to benefit local charity The Arc of Shelby County.

Presented with the task of increasing awareness and funds for the organization, students have worked to expand upon the previous Warrior Challenge. The 2022 Southwest Water Warrior Challenge will feature a 5k and a 1-mile color run.Runners participate in the Warrior Challenge on the UM campus.

The Warrior Challenge 5k and 1-mile run, presented by Southwest Water, will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2022, at the University of Montevallo Disc Golf Course, located near the Robert M. McChesney Student Activity Center. The 5k will begin at 8 a.m., followed by the 10 a.m. start of the 1-Mile Color Run.

If your business would like to advertise at our event, sponsorships of the event are available. Please contact Kyle Bahr at (218) 838-8705 or email at

Register early as each race (5K and Color Run) are limited to the first 50 participants. There is also a Virtual Run option if participation reaches full capacity. Virtual runners are not eligible for overall winner medals.

Location:  The 5K course is a road race that begins and ends at the McChesney Student Activity Center. The course goes around Main Campus and includes the UM Lake, as well as the Student Retreat Loop.  The 1K Fun Run will include the Student Retreat Loop only. The 5k portion of the event will start at 8 a.m., followed by the 1 Mile Color Run at 10 a.m.

1-Mile Color Run Overview

  • The Color Run is a fun one mile run on the campus of the University of Montevallo where color will be thrown at participants.
  • For highest impact of color, wear All pre-registered participants get one free race shirt.
  • Please note the color is made of Corn Starch. For anyone with allergies or those who do not wish to participate in the color, there will be an alternate route to avoid the color.


The Arc of Shelby County and its national office advocate for specific policies and programs that benefit people with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families.

“Thanks to the efforts of DeAnna Smith and her students at the University of Montevallo, the Warrior Challenge will raise both awareness and funds to support the programs and services that we provide to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc serves over 1,300 individuals and families in Shelby County through community-based programs including early intervention, community living and employment services. We are especially grateful when we have the opportunity to collaborate with partners in our community and we are so thankful for our ongoing partnership with the University of Montevallo. We are looking forward to a great event!” said Jennifer Ellison, director of development for The Arc of Shelby County.