The fourth of the Southeastern Trail Series Races. The run will start at the Cedar Pavilion and consist of a nine mile and an 18 mile race run on a 9 mile loop. There will be two aid stations per lap. One AS will be located at the Start/Finish and mile nine. Another will be located at about mile 4.6 and on the second lap at mile 13.6.Runners MUST carry enough water to run 4.5 miles in extremely hot conditionsbecause it probably will be Hotter N' Hell. This is Great Training!
Mountain High Outfitters Southeastern Trail Series, Race 4: This is the race to see just how tough you are. Not only will the course be significantly harder than previous races, it will be hot. The race will start at the Cedar Pavilion (south end of Double Oak Lake.) After a short loop to spread things out, runners will head up the red trail. Follow the bike trail up Mr Toad, Johnson Mountain and Bump to Blood Rock. At Blood Rock, switch to the trail leading to Peavine Falls Road. We will have an aid station setup about mile 4.6 located at the gate just off the paved road. Runners will leave the aid station and climb to the top of Double Oak Mtn and switch to the green trial for a short distance to the Peavine Falls parking lot. Cross the lot and head down the white trial to the falls. Cross over Peavine Creek below the falls and follow the creek down to the blue connector trail climbing out of the Peavine Falls Gorge. At the top of the hill take the Blue Trail back down to the intersection with the White Trail and turn right. Follow the white trail a short distance to the Green/White connector and take it (G/W Connector) up the hill to the ridge crest and the Green Trail. Follow the Green Trail down from the ridge and back up the next hill to the red trail, just past the horse trail. Make a right turn and run a short loop on the red trail before returning to the green trail for about 20 feet. At the intersection will the yellow trail turn right and head over to the treetop trail (Trail to Alabama Wildlife Center) then down to the bottom of the hill and return to the start along the Green/Yellow connector. Follow this link to see the course on the Oak Mountain Trail Map.
Oak Mountain State Park, Fees and Directions: The park charges $ 3.00 per person to enter the park. Please bring cash. Friday afternoon the North entrance off Hwy 119 will be open. Saturday morning everyone must enter at the South Entrance from Oak Mountain Park Road near Interstate 65. (The North Entrance does not open until 7:00AM.) To reach the South Entrance, exit I 65 at Hwy 119 (exit 246) and head east. (If you are coming in from the north, (Birmingham or I 459,) turn right. If you are coming from the south (Montgomery), turn left.) About 200 ft past the interstate you will turn left at the light. This is State Park Road. In 1.5 miles it crosses back under the interstate and in another 0.4 mile comes to a stop sign. Turn left into the park and continue to the fee booth. (Saturday morning there may be a gate half way across the road with a stop sign on it. Please go around the gate to the booth. The guard will allow you to enter.)
Directions to the Start, Cedars Pavilion: From the Pay Booth at the south entrance to Oak Mountain State Park continue down John Findley Dr for 2.6 miles. You will pass the riding stables, golf course and go below the dam of Double Oak Lake. (The dam will be on your right.) Take the first road to the right past the dam. Watch for the sign to the race and turn right onto Oak Mountain Park Rd. Go 1.25 miles to a large parking lot on the right. We will have signs telling you where to turn. Park in this large parking lot at the far end (south end.) Follow the signs back to the pavilion.