Final Race in the 2015 Mountain High Outfitters Southeastern Trail Series
Final Race of the 2015 Mountain High Outfitters Southeastern Trail Series.
The race takes place at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama, just a few miles south of Birmingham. Oak Mtn Park is Alabama’s largest state park with 10,000 spectacular acres and over 50 miles of trails. The race will start and end at the Redbud Pavilion located on Tranquility Road, adjacent to the BMX. The race will start at 7:00 AM and we are required to enforce a 9.5 hour cutoff to insure that everyone is off the trails before dark, per park regulations. (Sunrise on the 22nd is 6:23 a.m. and sunset is 4:41 PM) The 50K race will be two laps a course circling the park. There will be 2 complete aid stations per lap. The first will be located on Peavine Falls Road at mile 5.9 and the second at the start/finish, Redbud Pavilion Aid Station, at mile 15.6. We will also set up a water-only aid station near the North Trail Head at 12.7 miles. We will have mandatory cutoffs at the start/finish, Redbud AS at mile 15.6 and at the Peavine Falls Aid Station on the second lap.
The trails at Oak Mountain State Park are rugged, as are all mountain trails in the southeastern United States. Double Oak Mountain, which runs the length of the park rises above the surrounding terrain over 600 ft. and the 50K course will gain about 4,390 feet, per my GPS. The course is 100% single track trials other than a 1 mile section of gravel road (a bike road with very limited automobile access) leading up to an old scout camp.
The Course - The race will begin with a short loop around Tranquility Road, circling the BMX Track to give runners time to spread out before heading down the Yellow trail to the southwest. You will follow the Yellow trail less than one mile. Just before the Bike trail turn left onto the Orange horse trial and climb the hill to Camp Tranquility. Continue on the trail over rolling hills to the entrance of the camp on the Red Bike Road. Turn right onto the gravel road going under the Camp Tranquility Sign and follow the road all the way down the hill for 1 mile to the Yellow/White connector and turn left. Take the Yellow/White connector to the top of the West Ridge of Double Oak Mtn. This is the only significant climb in the race, gaining about 600 ft in one mile.
At the trail intersection with the White Trail on top of the mountain, turn right and follow the White trail down about 75 yards to the Red Bike Road, (the fire road along the ridge on top of the mountain.) As you descend to the red road, stay right of the short section of rail fence. At the end of the fence turn right and immediately cross the Red Bike Road and enter the"Red" West Ridge Trail. Follow the Ridge Trail for several miles. (headed southwest) When the Ridge Trail will make a sharp right turn down the hill continue straight along a narrow trail for about 100 yards and onto the Green Trail. Follow the Green Trail back to the Peavine Falls Parking Lot and the Aid Station located at 6.3 miles. Leave the aid station heading northeast along down the White Trail on a wide gravel path toward Peavine Falls. The gravel path (White Trail) turns sharply left and heads down hill. Do not go left, continue straight ahead following a switchback trail down into Peavine Falls Gorge to the creek.
At Peavine Falls Creek, turn right along the creek going downstream for 75 yards. Cross the creek and climb out of the Gorge up the North side up a steep trail. At the top of the climb you will intersect with the Blue Trail. Angle Right on the Blue Trail follow it (Blue Trail) for almost 6.5 miles, all the way to the northeast end of the trail at the North Trail Head. After about 5 miles the Blue Trail will come to two cables across the trail with a sign directing you down the mountain to the North Trail Head. Follow the signs, turning left down the mountain for about 200 yards where you will go right up the trail to Eagle's Nest Overlook. Follow the trail across the top of the ridge the steeply down to the intersection with the Blue Trail. Turn Right and continue to the North Trail Head still on the Blue Trail. There will be an unmanned, water-only, aid station (mile 12.4) behind the Kiosk.
At the junction with the North Trail Head and the Red Bike Road (fire road) make a sharp left on the Red Bike Road for about 50 yards to the white trial. Go right and follow the white trial to Maggie's Glen staying right where the Yellow and White trail split. At Maggie's, the White and Yellow trail combine again for a short distance. Cross a foot bridge to your right and continue up the hill staying on the Yellow Trail. Continue straight ahead on the the Yellow Trail almost all the way to Tranquility Lake. The Yellow Trail makes a sharp left at a Kiosk and crosses a small bridge. Do not go left. Continue straight ahead keeping the lake on your left. Circle all the way around the lake to the Cabins. Follow the lake short through the cabins, still keeping the lake on your left. You will now be on a gravel road along the lake. The road will eventually come out by the bathrooms and the BMX Track. Go left back to the Start/Finish area. This will be the finish for 25K runners and the Aid station at mile 15.6 for 50K runners.
Awards for 50K:
Podium Awards - 1st, 2nd & 3rd Overall - Male and Female
10 Year Age Group awards - 1st in each group.
Awards for 25K: Podium awards to 1st, 2nd & 3rd overall.
10 Year Age Group awards - 1st in each group.
Finisher Awards: To all 50K finishers.
Please Note: The South Gate of Oak Mountain State Park is the only gate that opens early enough to make the 7:00 AM start. This is the entrance close to Interstate 65.
Package Pickup and Late Registration will be Friday Afternoon, 4:30 to 6:00 PM at Mountain High Outfitters store on Hwy 280 adjacent to Whole Foods in Cahaba Village on Hwy 280. Address - 2800 Cahaba Village Plaza Suite 250, Birmingham, AL 3524. There will also be Packet Pickup before the race start at Redbud Pavilion beginning about 6:00 AM. Race Start is 7:00 AM Map to Race Start at Redbud Pavilion - Oak Mtn State Park - from Mountain High Outfitters store on Hwy 280: Tranquility Lake Start
GPS Coordinates to Start: 33.349150 -86.729034
We will be required to enforce cutoffs this year, per the OMSP Director. Cutoff at the halfway point at Redbud Aid Station, mile 15.6, will be 12:00 Noon. Cutoff at the Peavine Falls AS, mile 21.5 will be 2:30 PM. Everyone finishing the 25K distance will be given credit for finishing the 25K race although you will not be eligible for Podium Awards unless you signed up for the 25K.
Distance Between Aid Stations and Cutoff Times
Tranquility Lake 50K and 25K Trail Race - November 21 - 7:00 AM Start
Start Location - Tranquility Lake 50K (Well, at least close)
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North Trail Head
Water Only AS
North Trail Head
Water Only AS
Pictures from around the park
Elevation Profile of Tranquility Lake 50K - Click image to enlarge. 25K Elevation Gain 2,179 ft, 50K Elevation Gain 4,358 ft.
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Just a few Comments from FaceBook:
John Kent Leighton - Southeastern Trail Runs - November 22 at 9:03pm ·
Just wanted to thank David and everyone else involved in putting on today's race. I had a great time; the volunteers were wonderful and the course was absolutely beautiful. Definitely worth the drive down from Ohio!
Monk E Pants - Southeastern Trail Runs - November 22 at 6:01pm ·
Thank you David and Marye Jo Tosch for a great time today! You guys are the best!
Kathleen Touchstone Pearson - Southeastern Trail Runs - November 22 at 5:03pm · Nashville, TN ·
Thanks for putting on an excellent race today! The course was well marked, the trails were beautiful and the weather could not have been more perfect! Can I also say that you Birmingham people weren't kidding when you warned me about that connector trail! Holy Hills! I am spreading the word here in Nashville about your awesome races!
Samm Bartee9:33am Nov 24
David, huge thanks to you and Marye Jo for doing what you do. We know it's a labor of love for sure!! I really missed volunteering, but it was a lot of fun to be out there running. This was my longest race so far....Not that I was fast or really racing, but it was awesome just being out there!!
Mike Jenkins8:07am Nov 24
Thanks Marye Jo Tosch and David Tosch for a great year on the trails! Actually I felt like I spent a year on the trails Saturday!
Chulwon Park - November 22 at 5:30pm
Thank you David Tosch and Marye Jo Tosch for another wonderful race! And thank you all the volunteers that came out today and helped! You guys are amazing! Another 50K in the books and so happy to have see old friends and make new ones!
Missy Lafrance Kittrell - November 22 at 5:08pm
Thank you once again David Tosch and Marye Jo Tosch for a fabulous day on the trails! And thank you to the amazing volunteers who spent all day taking care of us. The trail community/family is definitely the best
50K Overall Podium Awards - Wood with Metal inlay