2017 Race Schedule and Details
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March 18 and 19 - The Lake Martin 100* - 100 Mile and 50 Mile Endurance Trail Races and 27 Mile Fun Run.
Russell Crossroads, Alabama, 10 miles east of Alexander City on Lake Martin, one of America's most beautiful lakes. The race is run entirely on the private lands of the Russell Forest Trail System. Lake Martin 100 is destine to become the standard for a first 100s. The Lake Martin races are not Southeastern Trial Series Points Championship Races.
April 8 - Series Race 1 - Tranquility Lake Trial Race - 3 mile and 6 mile - Race starts at 8:00 AM. First race of the Southeastern Trail Series at Oak Mountain State Park. The race will start and end at the Redbud Pavilion on Tranquility Road, near the BMX track. The race will follow a fairly easy 3 mile loop around Tranquility Lake on the Yellow Trail, White Trail and Cabin Trail. An aid station will be located at the Start /Finish area at mile 3.
May 6 - Series Race 2 - The Run for Kids Challenge - 12 Hour, 50K & 10K Races - Races will start at 7:00 AM.
The second race of the Southeastern Trail Series. The race will start at the Cedar Pavilion at the East end of Double Oak Lake, the swimming and canoeing lake at Oak Mtn State Park. The 50K, 12 Hour and 10K races will all start at 7:00 AM. 100% of Race Proceeds go to Camp Smile-A-Mile, Alabama's Camp for Kids with Cancer or the Seven Summits Foundation to help rebuild schools in villages devastated by the April 25th, 2015, 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake that hit Nepal leaving 3.5 million people homeless. You decide where your donation goes.
May 27 - Series Race 3 - Memorial Day Trail Race - 6 and 12 mile Trail Race - Race will start at 8:00 AM
The third Trail Series Race will also be held at Oak Mountain State Park and will start at the Redbud Pavilion located on Tranquility Rd. The course will be on a 6 mile loop climbing to the top of Double Oak Mountain. The 12 mile will be two loops of the course. There will be only one aid station at the start and finish. Runners should carry enough water to run 6 miles up a 600 ft. climb.
July 15 - Series Race 4 - Hotter 'N Hell Trail Race - 9 Mile and 18 Mile Race - Race will start at 7:30 AM.
The fourth Southeastern Trail Series Races. The run will start at the Lakeside Pavilion and follow a 9 mile Loop to the top of Double Oak Mountain up the Blood Rock Trail, down into Peavine Falls Gorge and back over the ridge before returning to the Start/Finish. Eighteen mile runners get to do a second loop of the course. There will be two aid stations per lap. The first is located on the Peavine Falls Road at about mile 4.6. The second is at the Start/Finish at mile 9. Those running the 18 will reach the 3rd Aid Station at about mile 13.6. Runners MUST carry enough water to run 4.5 miles in extremely hot conditions. It probably will be Hotter N' Hell, but Just remember, there is beer, and some good food waiting at the end.
August 26 - Series Race 5 - Ridge to Blazing Ridge Trail Race - 8:00 AM - Oak Mountain State Park.
Race 5 of the Trail Series has a 10.5 Mile and 21 Mile option. The route will be challenging with a climb up the Yellow /White Connector and a trip down to Lower Peavine Falls creek and back out of the Peavine Falls gorge. Again it will be hot so you MUST carry lots of water on the course. There will be an aid station located near Peavine Falls about mile 5 and another at the Start/Finish at mile 10.5.
September 22, 22 & 24 - Series Race 6 - Birmingham Stage Race - All Stages start at 8:00 AM.
3 Mountain - 3 Day - 56 Miles or 2 Mountain - 2 Day - 37 Miles
Stage 1 Ruffner Mountain Park - 17.5 Miles - Ruffner may have only 400 ft. high but it is as rugged as anything you will ever run.
Stage 2, at Red Mountain Park - 16.5 Miles - Is a gentle and fast course. Just don't go too fast. Oak Mountain is waiting!
Stage 3 at Oak Mtn. State Park - 22 miles - The Oak Mountain course is brutal, with steep, long climbs and probably lots of HEAT!
October 20 through 22 - The Endless Mile at Veteran's Park Alabaster* - 12 Hour, 24 Hour and 48 Hour Solo or Relay Race.
When we created the Run for Kids in 2011, my original idea was to have a 12 Hour and 24 hour race. Veteran's Park in Hoover was just too expensive and in 2012 moved the RFK to Oak Mtn State Park. In 2016 we decided to add a timed even similar to what I wanted to do in 2011. We got approval to hold the event at Veterans Park in Alabaster is a very fast course, certified at 1.00203 miles in length, where runners can test themselves against the hours and go for state and national records. Again in 2017, The Endless Mile 12 Hour, 24 Hour and 48 Hour race will be held at Veteran's Park in Alabaster, Alabama just south of Birmingham. We will start the 48 Hour race at 9 AM, Friday, Oct 20th. The 12 & 24 Hour races will start at 9:00 AM Saturday. This is not a Points Race in the STS.
October 28 - BOO Run for Down syndrome* - Race starts at 8:00 AM - 5K and 10K Races and 9:30 AM for the 1 Mile Fun Run.
The BOO Run for DSA is a fundraiser for Down Syndrome Alabama with all proceeds going to DSA. This is going to be a fun event for the entire family. Check out all the activities on the website. The race will be held at Veteran's Park in Hoover, adjacent Spain Park High School, on Valleydale Rd, 4800 Valleydale Road, Hoover, AL 35242. The races will be run on the 5K Cross Country course in the park. Registration will open soon.
December 2 - Series Race 7 - Blood Rock 25K & 50K - This is the final race of the 2017 Southeastern Trail Series. The 50K and 25K will start at 6:30 AM in the Redbud Pavilion on Tranquility Road near the BMX track. Since the 25 & 50K were originally scheduled for be run simultaneously with the 100 and 50 Mile, anyone not able to on Dec 2 may run the 25 or 50K December 9th. You will need to notify STR well in advance so we can make the necessary changes.
December 9 & 10 - Race 8 - Blood Rock 100 & 50 Mile Trail Race - Oak Mountain State Park. Blood Rock will be the final event in the 2017 Southeastern Trail Series race schedule. The 100 and 50 mile races will start at 5:00 AM in the Cabins on Lake Tranquility. Points awarded toward the Points Championship for 2017 for the 100 mile, 50 mile and 50K will be the same. That is, all three races will have 32 Points available.
*The Lake Martin 100, 50 & 27, Endless Mile and BOO Run for DSA are NOT part of the trail series. No points are awarded toward the Southeastern Trail Series Points Championship in these races.
A word about Course Measurement and Elevation Gain:
There is always a lot of discussion about the length of Trail Race courses. They all seem to be too short, too long or very often, BOTH! Ask two people that measured a 50 mile course with their GPS and one person will have 48.2 miles, the other will show 52.6. The only way to accurately measure a trail race course is to use a measuring wheel. This is fine for short, 3 to 5 mile courses, but is just not practice for longer race routes. So race directors are left with three options, measures with a GPS, measure on Google Maps type services or Guess.
I use a combination of Suunto's Moves Count "Route Planner" and my GPS watch. I now measured STR courses with my Suunto, Ambit 3, Vertical. After creating a course map with GPS, I compare the course on the Suunto's Route Planner. In the past, I have measured Veteran's Park in Hoover (Off Valleydale Rd by Spain Park High School) using my measuring wheel, then measured the same course with my GPS. I have also measured the Run for Kids Course with a measuring wheel and my GPS. The GPS consistently shows an average error of 0.9519. To determine a course length I use my GPS distance times a factor of 1.0504.
(If my course measures 47.6 with GPS, 47.6 X 1.0504 = 50 Miles.) I will then compare the measurements with the course I created on Route Planner and be sure they are reasonably close. (Route Planner tends to be short by 8 to 10%.)
Elevation gain is estimated in about the same way. My Suunto Ambit 3 Vertical has a built in altimeter. That is supposed to be more accurate the just GPS. When I camper elevation gain on a given hill compared to what is shown on a Topo, the elevation is pretty accurate. I use the elevation reading from my watch.