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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.
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7 races in 7 Months.  Start with a 3 mile trail race in April, end with a 50K in November.  You can do it!
“Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must move faster than the lion or it will not survive. Every morning a lion wakes up and it knows it must move faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve. It doesn't matter if you are the lion or the gazelle, when the sun comes up, you better be moving.” – Maurice Greene (attributed to Roger Bannister shortly after running the first sub-4 mile)

Schedule for 2016
March 19 and 20 - Lake Martin 100* - Lake Martin 50 and 27 Mile Fun Runs.
April 9 - Race 1: Tranquility Trail Run - Oak Mountain State Park - 3 mile and 6 mile race.  
​May 7 - Race 2: Run for Kids Challenge - The 12 Hour Challenge, the 50K and 10K trail races.  
​May 28 - Race 3: Memorial Day Trail Race - 6 and 12 Mile race. Oak Mtn. State Park Memorial Day Weekend.
​July 16 - Race 4: Hotter N' Hell Trail Race - Cedar Pavilion, Oak Mtn State Park - 9 Mile and 18 Mile Races  
​August 27 - Race 5: Ridge to Ridge Trail Race - 10 & 20 Mile Trail Race - Redbud Pavilion - Oak Mtn Park.
​Sept. 23, 24 & 25 - Race 6: Birmingham Stage Race - 3 Days 3 Mountains 53 Miles or 2 Days 2 Mountains 37 miles.
Oct 29 - BOO Run Run* - Dogwood Pavilion, Oak Mtn State Park - Run for Down Syndrome Alabama
Nov 19 - Race 7: Blood Rock 50 Mile, 50K and 25K - Redbud Pavilion, Oak Mountain State Park.  

​ *The Lake Martin Races and BOO Run Run are not Points Races in the Southeastern Trail Series Points Championship.