Again in 2016 Salomon and Suunto are sponsors of the Mountain High Outfitters Southeastern Trail Series and will provide special awards and prized at each race. Our new sponsors are The FARM, Functional Athletic Rehabilitation Athletics and Resolute Running.
In an effort to promote trail running and introduce new runners to the trails, Mountain High Outfitters and Southeastern Trail Runs created the Southeastern Trail Series in 2013. The series is designed to take runners that have never run an ultra, or never ran on trails for that matter, from short, gentle trail races in the spring to their first ultra, a 50K in November.
The series will consist of 8 trail races plus the BTC Free Race in October. Each race will offer opportunities to run farther than the previous race with more difficult terrain and more elevation gain. We will help runners design a training schedule, if you wish, that will make it easier to reach their goals, whether it is to go out and enjoy an occasional 50K or run the Leadville 100. Or maybe even Hardrock. Participants will earn points for each event completed based on their time and distance run. Points leaders at the end of the series will receive special awards as Southeastern Trail Series Points Champions. Runners entering all events will also receive special awards. The majority of races will take place in the Birmingham area.
Our first event of 2016 Mountain High Outfitters Southeastern Trail Series is the Tranquility Lake Trail Race. This race, a 3 and 6 mile event, is on gently rolling hills and along the shores of Tranquility Lake at Oak Mountain State Park. The next race is also on very easy terrain, the Run for Kids Challenge 10K. Following the RFK things get a little more interesting. The third race, The Memorial Day Trail Race (on Saturday, not Memorial Day) throws in a difficult climb up the west ridge of Double Oak Mountain and more distance. The Hotter 'N Hell Trail Race in July adds heat into the equation along with even more hard climbs. Runners that follow the series and build up training distances in accordance with the race distance will be ready for the Tranquility Lake 50K in November. Those that wish to go farther can continue to train over the winter. By the end of March of 2015, they will be ready for the Lake Martin 50 or even the Lake Martin 100.