Hotter 'N Hell Trail Race

July 15, 2017 - 7:30 AM Start, Oak Mountain State Park, Birmingham, Alabama
Race 4 of the 2017 Southeastern Trial Series.

The Hotter 'N Hell Trail Race is a points race in the Trail Runner Magazine "Trophy Series." 
Not only will the course be significantly harder than previous races, it will be hot. The race will start at the Cedar Pavilion. After a short loop around the park road to spread things out, runners will head up the Red Bike Trail. Follow the bike trail up Mr Toad, Johnson Mountain and Bump to Blood Rock. Just above Blood Rock, turn right onto the Green/Red Connector Trail which cuts over to the Peavine Falls Road. We will have an aid station setup at mile 4.97 located at the gate just off the Peavine Falls road. Runners will leave the aid station and climb to the top of the ridge on Double Oak Mtn and switch to the green trial for a few hundred yards to the Peavine Falls parking lot. Cross the lot and head down the white trial to the falls. Take the trail to the lower falls and cross over Peavine Creek below the falls and climb out of the Peavine Falls Gorge up the west side. (Be careful here, the climb is steep with exposure. A fall here could cause serious injury or death) At the top of the hill take the Blue Trail back down to the intersection with the White Trail and turn right. Follow the white trail a short distance to the Green/White connector and take it (G/W Connector) up the short but steep climb to the ridge crest and turn right on the Green Trail. Follow the Green Trail along from the ridge then down to the Red bike road. Turn left off the gravel road and down the hill still on the Green Trail. Climb over one small hill and to the top of the second hill. Turn right on the new trail leading over to the treetop trail (Trail to Alabama Wildlife Center) then down to the bottom and return to the start along the Green/Yellow connector. The exact length of the course will be 8.699 miles per loop plus the 0.5 mile trip around the paved road to spread out.  
Race Weekend Schedule:
    Friday, July 14 -  Late Registration and Packet Pickup will be at Mountain High Outfitters Store o n Hwy 280 from 4:30 to 6:00 PM
         Here is a Google Maps link to the Mountain High Outfitters Store on Hwy 280.

    Saturday July 15 - 6:15  to 7:15 AM - Late Registration and Packet Pickup at the Cedar Pavilion at the South End of Double Oak Lake, the                 swimming and canoeing lake. Google Maps Link from MHO Store on Hwy 280 to the Cedar Pavilion at Oak Mtn State Park. If you live on the             north side of the park it will be quicker to enter the park at the north gate. The race starts at 7:30 AM so IF you pick up your race packet Friday          at MHO you will have time to enter at the North gate. (If you need to pick up your race packet you "MIGHT" make it. You will NOT have time 
      to register if you enter at the North end.)

    Saturday, July 15 - 7:30 AM - Start of the 9 Mile and 18 Mile Race.

Southeastern Trial Runs is now sponsored by Tailwind Nutrition. Please go to their website and read about this product. Tailwind is the ideal drink for a race like the HNH. Tailwind contains all the electrolytes and carbs you will need to finish the race strong.Drink it like you would water. Drink some before the start and consume about 20 oz per hour during the race, depending on your size. Follow this plan and you may be zapped at the end but you will finish strong.
July,15, 2017 - 8:00 AM Start
Below are links to photos from the 2016 Hotter 'N Hell Trial Race. The awesome pictures were provided by Debra McKenzie, Suman Silwal, better know as Marathon Runs or MRuns and Jeff Estes from Peavine Aid Station. Thank you all allowing us to share you pictures.
Pictures by Debra McKenzie
Pictures by Marathon Runs/MRuns
Pictures by Jeff Estes, Peavine Aid Station
Or view Debra's pictures in Dropbox
Marye Jo's pictures of award winners at HNH. 
Wonder how did she get in a few?
Registration Opens Feb 15th
Two Race Shirt options are available on Ultrasignup.  

1st is the Poly/Cotton blend shirt at $10.00. 

2nd  If you want a very nice Tech Shirt that you will actually want to run and race in, this is the shirt.  This Technical Wicking Shirt is an Endurance Nexus Shirt, a Poly/Spandix blend available in Men's Crew and Women's V-Neck. The shirt is printed with the race logo on the front center. This is a shirt you will run and race in. Price is $22