Final Race in the 2013 Mountain High Outfitters Southeastern Trail Series
The Tranquility Lake 50K Trail Race is the final race in the Mountain High Outfitters Southeastern Trail Series. The race will take place at Oak Mountain State Park, starting and ending at the Redbud Pavilion located on Tranquility Road, adjacent to the BMX Track. The race will start at 7:00 a.m. and we are required to enforce a 9.5 hour cutoff to insure that everyone is off the trails before dark. (Sunrise on the 23rd is 6:23 a.m. and sunset is 4:41 p.m.) The 50K course will be two laps of a course circling the park. There will be an aid station located on the Peavine Falls Road and at the start/finish. We will also set up a water-only aid station near the North Trail Head at the start of the White Trail. We will have a mandatory 5 hour cutoff at the start/finish aid station at mile 15.6. We will also have a second mandatory cutoff at the Peavine Falls Aid Station. The time is yet to be determined. The course had been modified from the original layout. The difficult descent into and out of the Peavine Falls Gorge has been eliminated entirely. Also, runners will reach the Peavine Falls Road Aid Station via the Red Bike Road instead of the White Trail. The changes will make the run easier and faster and eliminate the only out/back section in the race. Many of the runners competing in the Tranquility Lake 50K will be running their first Ultra. These changes will make the their task a little easier, but just a little. Please note. All runners must enter the park through the south entrance near I 65. The North gate does not open until 7:00 a.m.
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 a few 100 yards before crossing a foot bridge over the creek and heading back to the Red Bike Trail. 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, about 1 mile, to the Yellow/White connector on your 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 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 staying on the Red Bike Road. Continue down the road for several miles (headed southwest) to the gate just before the Peavine Falls paved road. Follow the flagging to the right onto the gravel trail to the Peavine Falls Aid Station located at 6.2 miles. Leave the aid station heading left across the parking spaces to the short connector trial up to the green trail. Turn right on the Green Trail and follow it down the hill to the Peavine Falls Parking Lot. Continue straight across the parking lot, through the rail fence on the other side and follow the gravel trail (the White Trail) all the way down to the upper end of the falls and the small footbridge where you turn right and cross upper Peavine Creek. You will NOT descend to the falls at the bottom of the gorge.
After crossing the creek you are on the Blue Trail which you will follow all the way to the northeast end of the park. You will stay on the Blue Trail along the east ridge of Double Oak Mountain for almost 5 miles. The 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 and continue to the North Trail Head still on the Blue Trail. 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 30 yards to the white trial. There will be an un-manned, water-only, aid station (mile 13.1) at the entrance to the White Trial. From there, 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 for about 100 yards to where the Yellow and White trails split again. Continue straight ahead on the the Yellow Trail all the way to Tranquility Lake, circling around the lake to the left and back to the Start/Finish area. This is also the location of the second aid station at mile 15.6. 50K runners will then repeat the same loop.
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Rendition of the 50K Overall Podium Awards
Map from Mountain High Outfitters store on Hwy 280 to Race Start at BMX Trace at Oak Mountain State Park: Tranquility Lake Start Link to Area Lodging and camping at Oak Mountain State Park: Area Lodging.
Distance Between Aid Stations and Cutoff Times
The course is run in a Counterclockwise Direction
Race route in Purple - Click on map to enlarge
Tranquility Lake 50K and 25K Trail Race - November 22 - 7:00 a.m. Start