--> Tranquility50K

Final Race in the 2013 Mountain High Outfitters Southeastern Trail Series    
Final Race of the 2014 Mountain High Outfitters Southeastern Trail Series.  
The race will start and end at the Redbud Pavilion located on Tranquility Road, adjacent to the BMX Track at Oak Mountain State Park. 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.(Sunrise on the 22nd is 6:23 a.m. and sunset is 4:41 PM) The 50K course will be two laps of a course circling the park.  There will be an complete 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.  We will have mandatory cutoffs at the start/finish, Redbud AS at mile 15.6 and at the Peavine Falls Aid Station.  The course will be the same as the 2013 course. Runners will NOT have to make the difficult descent into and climb out of the Peavine Falls Gorge.
Please note:  All runners must enter the park through the south entrance near I 65. The North gate does not open until 7:00 AM.  You will miss the start.

A 100 mile Mountain Bike Race will be going on Nov. 22 at the same time as the 50K on some of the Red Bike Trails.  Watch for bikes at the two locations you cross the bike trail. Runners and Bikes will share one mile of the "Camp Road" up to Camp Tranquility.  Please stay right.
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.

Awards for 50K: 1st Place Male & Female will win $150 Salomon Gift Certificates*
      2nd Place Male & Female will win $100 Salomon Gift Certificates*
      3rd Place Male & Female will win $75 Salomon Gift Certificates*
      Podium Awards - 1st, 2nd & 3rd Overall - Male and Female &
     1st Place Master & Grand Master - Male and Female

Awards for 25K:  Podium awards to 1st, 2nd & 3rd overall.

Finisher Awards: To all finishers of both races.

The Details
Package Pickup and Late Registration will be Friday Afternoon, 4:30 to 6:30 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
Link to Area Lodging near the South entrance of Oak Mountain State Park  
Oak Mtn Park had 10 cabins available for rent on Tranquility Lake close enough to walk to the start.  Cabins at Oak Mountain State Park.  
Oak Mountain State Park has a nice campground on Mountain Lake near the north entrance to the park. Camping at Oak Mtn State Park.

Distance Between Aid Stations and Cutoff Times

Tranquility Lake 50K and 25K Trail Race - November 22 - 7:00 AM Start
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Birmingham Mountain 
Stage Race
3 Mountains  - 3 Days - 50 Miles 
or 2 Mountains - 2 Days - 36 Miles 
Sept 26, 27 & 28

Run for Kids Challenge
12 Hour, 50K and 10K Trail Races
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Tranquility Lake 50K
November  22, 2014
Rendition of the 50K Overall Podium Awards
Start Location of the Tranquility Lake 50K (Well, at least close)
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North Trail Head
Water Only AS
Redbud Pavilion
Aid Station
Redbud Pavilion
Redbud Pavilion
Aid Station
North Trail Head
Water Only AS
 A $100 Salomon Gift Certificate will be given away in a drawing for all Registered Runners and all Race Volunteers.
*The Gift Certificate is redeemable at Mountain High Outfitters for any Salomon or Suunto Products. Certificate has no cash value.
The course is run in a Counterclockwise Direction
Race route in Purple - Click on map to enlarge -
Pictures from around the park
Elevation Profile of Tranquility Lake 50K - Click image to enlarge.
25K Finish
50K Finish
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