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Lake Martin Ultra Trail Race

Race Details

Lake Martin 27 Mile Fun Run

Off Road
: 27 Mile Trail Run

Lake Martin 50 Mile Trail Race

Off Road
: 50 Miles: Two 25 mile loops
Race Date: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Start Time: 6:30 AM
Entry Fee: $40/$90 After 2/28 Add $10
Location: Lake Martin
Address: 2544 Willow Point Road
City/State/Zip: Alexander City, Alabama 35010
Country: USA
Race Website:

2013 Lake Martin Ultra Trail Race:  Registration Is Open

March 1st: 
Entry fees will increase by $10.00 so sign up early

Friday , March 22nd:
  Package Pickup will be Friday afternoon from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. at the Stables.  When you pick up your packet you will be required to sign a release form for Russell Land's.

Saturday, March 23rd: 
Race packets may also be picked up Saturday Morning from 5:30AM until 6:15AM at the start/finish near the Stables.  If you do not arrive before 6:15 AM to pick up your packet you will not be able to get it until after the start.  Your start will be delayed at least 15 minutes so please arrive early.

The race will start promptly at 6:30 AM.  (Sunrise - 6:45 AM - Sunset - 6:59 PM)  If you expect to take more than 11 hours to run the race you should have a flashlight with you or have one in a dropbag.
Race course will close at 9:00 PM.  (14.5 hour time limit)   There will be mandatory cutoffs in place at the start finish area before starting the second lap.  The times will be established later.
Course Information:

The Lake Martin 50 Mile Race will be a great "first long ultra" race.  By long ultra I mean anything longer that a 50K.  Anyone that can run a marathon can handle a 50K.  When you move up to longer events, it becomes a whole new ball game.  Instead of being on the road for 3 or 4 or even 5 hours, the average ultrarunner will need 10 or 12 and possibly 14 hours to finish 50 miles.  Things like hydration, fueling, blisters, night running, etc suddenly become big issues.  One of the most difficult things to figure out is what to put in each dropbag because you really don't know how to figure when you will arrive at a particular aid station.

The 50 mile race will consist of two 25 mile loops.  Each loop will have four aid station stops ranging from 4 to 7 miles apart, but there are only two aid station.  That is, each loop, runners will return to the two aid station, twice.  We will accept larger than usual dropbags (even plastic tubs) so it is not necessary to guess where you will need flashlight or extra socks.  They will never be more than a few miles away.  We have also designed the course so that there are no repeated trails. 

The course will consist entirely of single track trails and gravel trails/roads.  Most of these gravel trails do not allow automobile traffic at all.  The only place you will set foot on pavement is at two "cabin road" crossings and the road into the two restaurants, the food store and the Stable at Russell Crossroads, the start/finish area.  (Most runners will never see a vehicles on the course other than those parked at trail heads.)


Lake Martin
2544 Willow Point Rd
Alexander City, AL 35010
Map & Directions
Other Info:

The nearest hotels are in Alexander City, 11 miles away. Link to hotel list.
Camping: Camping is available at Wind Creek State Park on Lake Martin 8.5 miles from the start.  Map Link
Dining at the Race Site:  There are two restaurants just a few hundred yards from the start/finish area.  The SpringHouse Restaurant is very nice restaurant with superb food and atmosphere.  It is also pricey but worth it.  A little closer the the entrance of Russell Crossroads is Catherine's Market and Restaurant.  This is a combination food market and restaurant.  They serve great breakfasts, lunches and pastries.  Catherine's is casual and prices are reasonable.
Previous Results:

No prior year results


Race Reviews
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Posted by BhamJonathan on 4/4/2013 11:31:56 AM
This was a great race. Beautiful trails, view of the lake, scenic views from the top of heavenly hill. The course was 25 miles long. The 50 mile race ran two laps of the 25 mile course. The course was well marked with small race flags and the flags toward the last 8-10 miles had reflective strips so they would stand out to the 50 milers that were running past dark. I trained for this race as if it was a marathon. Shorter 6-8 mile runs were on trails with hills and longer 16-20 mile runs were primarily on road. In retrospect I wish I had reversed that. The prerace reviews from experienced runners stated that this course was considered a fast course. No terrible or technical hills. I believe the 25 mile loop had an elevation change of 3,500 feet. Per mile that averages out to 70 feet of climbs and 70 feet of descents. Obviously, each mile doesn't work out that evenly but it gives you an idea. For me as a new trail runner the number of hills were bad just not technical. This was my first race beyond 16 miles and my first run beyond 20. My legs were not conditioned to the number of climbs I had to make. What was really nice about this course is that of the 4 aid stations per 25 mile lap there were only two physical aid stations. They were able to utilize two central points where the course came back to. It made it a lot simpler if you had a drop bags at each aid station. The aid stations were well stocked and the volunteers working them were very helpful and friendly. Around mile 20 I personally started to struggle with the hills but the views of the lake helped me think of something other than the pain. As I came out of the woods for the final 1/2 mile I saw some beautiful horses in the pasture and then the finally in sight was the finish line. The race director was there waiting to be the first person to congratulate me for completing the race. I hope to come back next year and give another report.
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